I bake because I love.
Optionally Vegan Chocolate-Cherry Scones
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
4 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 Tbs vegetable shortening
2 1/2 Tbs butter or coconut oil (coconut oil should be chilled first)
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
2/3 to 1 cup milk or non-dairy milk
Preheat the oven to 375
Mix together the first five ingredients.
Cut in the butter and shortening.
Mix in the chocolate and cherries.
Pour the liquid of your choice into a well in the center of the flour mixture. Fluff it into the flour with a fork and, when that becomes untenable, your hands. Try not to work it too much; it should just barely hold together.
Flatten gently and cut into rounds, hearts, or terrifying bat-like creatures from the nether realms (and then link me to where you found that cookie cutter), put on a baking sheet, and bake for 12 – 15 minutes. They should have a matte appearance and be fairly firm when tapped with a fingertip.
Makes aprox. 1 dozen.