After using silken tofu in what we thought was a very good pudding, I decided to try using it as an egg/milk replacement in scones. To keep the vegan theme, I used coconut oil in place of butter and increased the amount of vanilla to help compensate for the missing butter flavor (which wasn’t missed at all). Success! The vegan chocolate chip scones got a big thumbs up from my daughter who loves scones and gives honest feedback.
As much I we liked these, I probably wouldn’t make them for a fancy brunch or a holiday part. Those occasions call for butter, cream and going all out! However, for every day drop scones, these are perfect and a bit less guilt-inducing than other scones because they have less fat and more moisture. Most of the sweetness comes from the chocolate chips and I wouldn’t advise adding more sugar to the dough because it might cause spreading. If you want sweeter scones, try sprinkling the tops with sugar or cinnamon sugar right when you pull them from the oven. Then again, they’re scones not cookies, so the sweetness level should be fine as is. For best results, weigh the ingredients. And finally, with so much baking powder in the recipe, make sure you use a brand that doesn’t have too much of a metallic taste. I go through a lot of baking powder and some are better than others.
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (114 grams/4 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder**
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar (15 grams)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (20 grams)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (30 grams)
- 4 ounces silken tofu (114 grams)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce**
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup (56 grams) semisweet chocolate chip, nondairy if vegan if desired
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a Silpat or some parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, sugar and salt. Add coconut oil and mix with a spoon or heavy duty scraper until mixer is coarse. You may also do this in the food processor bowl if you prefer and then dump it into the mixing bowl.
- Pat the tofu dry, weigh out 4 ounces, then put tofu, applesauce and vanilla to the food processor and process until smooth. Scrape the tofu mixture into the flour mixture and to form a soft dough. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop 6 equal size mounds of dough onto the baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 18 to or until lightly browned. Let scones cool for about 15 minutes before serving (texture improves slightly as they cool).
- **I like to drain some of the moisture out of the applesauce before measuring. Less water means more apple p and potentially less water to contribute to steamy rubberiness. To drain, just spoon about 4 tablespoons of applesauce onto a stack of paper towels and let the towels soak up moisture. Measure your 2 tablespoons of applesauce by scraping it up off the towels.