Tuesday 16 October 2012

Vegan Sweet potato and cheeze scones

I meant to make Kari's sweet potato chickpea and hemp seed burgers.  I steamed the sweet potato in the microwave and mashed it.  We were distracted by making three little pigs out of pink foam (to go with the house pictures we had been making).  I thought of putting the remains of my chickpea and hemp seed cheeze in the burgers.  Maybe not.  But there was a great recipe for Pumpkin Cheeze Biscuits (Scones) that I had discovered during Vegan Mofo.  Scones would go with the burgers and salad.

E bathed Sylvia while I made the scones.  Finally I decided I didn't have the time or energy for the burgers.  The scones and a simple salad would do just fine.  Except I had opened a tin of chickpeas.  They went into the salad to give dinner some muscle.

We loved the scones.  They were actually cheesy.  It is the first recipe I have made with the vegan chickpea and hemp seed cheeze that has been as good as anything I could have made with dairy cheese.  (Of course I imagine they would work just as well with dairy cheese.)  They were also soft and moist with the sweet potato. 

I make scones quite regularly and found that this recipe wasn't quite right for the way I do it.  Perhaps this is due to the Australian-British vs American biscuit vs scone divide.  I had to add extra milk because the dough was too dry and my mum has taught me to make sure there is enough milk to make a soft dough.  I also found that the temperature was much lower than usual.  My recipe notes take these into account.  The original recipe used mashed pumpkin and this could easily be substituted for the sweet potato.

I ate my scones plain.  Until Sylvia decided they needed promite.  (She is a bad example!)  E had his buttered.  Then he ate a leftover scone topped with leftover salad.  That seemed a bit weird!  However, I never complain when everyone loves the scones I bake.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Green (pea) Nut Roast
Two years ago: Spinach Rice Gratin
Three years ago: Finnish Rye Bread – a fickle monster!
Four years ago: Fried Rice

Sweet potato and cheeze scones
Adapted from Panda with Cookie
Makes 16-18

1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup (scant) soymilk
1 cup plain white flour
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
75g (5 tbsp) margarine (I used nuttalex)
1 cup grated cheddar cheeze
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
extra milk for glazing

Place vinegar in a measuring cup and fill up to 2/3 cup.  Set aside to thicken and curdle.

Preheat oven to 200 C (I think I would do this for 230 C next time) and grease an baking tray.

Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Rub in the margarine until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in grated cheeze.  

Mix the milk and sweet potato.  Make a well in the cheeze mixture and pour in the sweet potato mixture.  It will be quite moist and sticky.  

Turn out onto a well floured bench and lightly knead with lots of flour.  Press out to about 1 1/2 cm and cut into rounds with a scone cutter (or a glass if you don't have cutters) that has been dipped in flour.  

Place scones close together on greased tray.  Brush scones with milk.  

Bake for between 15-25 minutes (it took me 25 minutes but I will bake at a higher temperature next time which should reduce the time they take to bake).

Wrap warm scones in a teatowel.  Best eaten warm but will be fine to eat the next day.

On the Stereo:
The Good, the Bad and The Queen: self titled

This post is part of Vegan Month of Food October 2012.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.


  1. scones are delicious aren't they! Any kind, any where...plain, with promite...or salad. It's all good!

    1. Thanks Brydie - amen to that - love scones any old how!

  2. Aaaah! This looks so good! I want to take one hot from the oven, split it, and put a little vegemite on it, so it's like a scone version of Tiger Toast. NOM!

    1. Thanks Hannah - 'tiger scones' has a nice ring to it - these were really really good and I am sure would be excellent with peanut butter :-)

  3. These scones sound amazing! Sweet Potato and Cheese YUM! I haven't made scones recently but these look amazing. Wish I had some here with me now.

    1. Thanks omgoshimvegan - would send you some but these are the sort of scones that just don't last that long :)

  4. Yum... I love the combo of "cheese" and sweet potato. Actually I just love baked good involving sweet potato. I will definitely have to try these - would be great with a salad for lunch. Yours all look so perfect!! :)

    1. Thanks Lou - I love baked goods with sweet potato too - highly recommend these - even better than my favourite sweet potato soda bread

  5. I feel like our kitchens are working slightly in parallel this month :D In addition to the sushi salad overlap, I have been making scones, but mine have all been dismal! I worked out (eventually) that my baking powder was old and not doing what it should - yours look beautifully fluffy in comparison. It sounds like a lovely dinner.

    1. Thanks Kari - indeed there is some synchronicity going on with our kitchens - I have finally made the burgers and loved them for dinner tonight and have plans to do some of your vegan english baking if I get organised. Impotent baking powder sounds terrible - I go through quite a bit of baking powder so (touchwood) have never had that problem - I think you would enjoy these scones because they taste even better than regular cheese - more flavour and less greasiness!

  6. These look and sound fabulous! You can't beat a good cheesy scone any time of day. Love the idea of using sweet potato in them too. Yum

    1. Thanks Katie - just goes to show that your suggestion of cheese scones with my last vegan cheese was a wise one :-)

  7. They look great and I love that your cheeze worked so well in them. I don't think I've ever made scones before or if I have it was a very long time ago.

    1. Thanks Mel - I was really impressed at the cheeze - it is the first time I tried it in baking like this but I think the great flavours really helped and there were even yellow flecks in the scones like regular grated cheese. My mum makes scones as a quick bake and so it just seems natural to whip up a batch of scones - I think I am even getting a bit better at it


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