I am an ethnic mix as most Americans are – in my case, Irish is the biggest percentage. So it is with great pride that I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the ‘wearin’ of the green’. What makes it so fun is that other people celebrate too. When I was growing up mom always had an Irish main dish on the table such as corned beef and hash. In fact, that might have been every year but I don’t remember anything else being ‘Irish’. I think it would be really fun to have every single recipe on the table a celebration of Ireland. These Brown Bread Irish Scones would fill the bill for one of the sides. Just a tiny bit sweet they are a perfect compliment to a big hearty meal. Everybody – come and party!
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cold vegan butter such as Earth Balance for the dough
1 to 1-1/8 cup vanilla soy creamer
2 Tablespoon butter, melted for brushing the tops of the dough rounds
In a large bowl mix the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter to start with and then use your fingers to pinch and blend it until the mixture reminds you of a fine meal.
Make a well in the center of the mixture and add 1 cup of the vanilla soy creamer.
Mix lightly from the center until just incorporated.
If it seems to dry add the other 1/8th of the creamer.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead just a couple of times to combine all.
Push out with your fingers into a round until about 1/2" thick.
Cut with a round biscuit cutter (2" to 2-1/2").
Place the rounds on a lightly floured baking sheet.
Brush, liberally, the tops of the rounds with the melted butter.
Bake at 375• for 20 minutes.
Let cool 5 minutes and remove to a rack to cool completely.
After they have cooled you may freeze them in any of the methods shown in my article http://veganinthefreezer.com/preparing-food-for-the-freezer/
They defrost quickly so it really doesn't take any planning. The microwave will also zap them in 10 to 15 seconds.