These vegan ginger peach scones have chunks of juicy summer peaches and a slight bite from fresh ginger.
Apparently, I’m just all about ginger this week. Well, correction: I’m all about ginger all of the time. I love the stuff and find clever ways of incorporating it into as many objects of consumption as possible. I love the flavor and I love the health benefits. I usually throw a couple of slices into my evening cup of tea and look for ways to incorporate it into all sorts of recipes. This one came together by accident. I bought a big old bag of the most perfect summer peaches with some grand, decadent, peachy dessert ideas in my head. My grand ideas ended up flopping. I might have another go at it, and if things out I’ll surely let you know. But I was initially a bit frustrated and decided an entirely different direction was needed. I still had some wonderful peaches left, and as we all know, the most perfect peaches usually turn to mushy, flavorless peaches rather quickly, so I had to get a move on.
Not exactly a decadent dessert, but what I came up with is still a sweet treat, perfectly suited to go with a cup of tea. I actually decided on the ginger and peach combination based on a ginger-peach tea that I used to drink often and am still pretty fond of. Instead of having a cup of ginger peach tea, you can enjoy your tea with these ginger peach scones. When I took the photos for this I was briefly transported back to my tea party days as a five year old. I was never one for dolls. I was the princess at the tea party. Sometimes I like to pretend I still am.
As for the scones themselves, I think you will find them softer and moister than your typical scones, which is a good thing in my book. The spelt flour gives them a little bit of nutty flavor and a crumbly, soft texture. The coconut oil aroma will fill your house during baking. The ginger adds just a little bit of bite, which complements the sweetness of the peaches (please use sweet, ripe ones). If you’re looking for a lot of bite you can always up the amount of ginger, but do so cautiously and incrementally. One of the advantages (or disadvantages, depending on your viewpoint and level of self control) of vegan baking is that you can taste as you go along without risk of consuming anything icky that needs to be cooked in order to be safely eaten.
Ginger Peach Scones
- Makes about 1 1/2 dozen scones
- 2 cups spelt flour or sub all purpose
- 1 tsp. dried ginger
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
- 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 cup diced fresh peaches about one large peach
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix first four ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Add syrup, oil, vanilla, yogurt and fresh ginger. Fold in peaches.
Drop rounded 1/4 cup sized scoops onto greased baking sheets.
Bake 16-18 minutes.