Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Buttermilk Scones (Biscuits)

Yesterday we made our first ever batch of Buttermilk Scones (Biscuits for my US friends).
These were made from soaking our Spelt flour in buttermilk for 24 hours or more

Yes I know, 'wheat' but you said you were grain  free' and yes I did.
In my research on wheat from Wheat Belly we decided to go completely grain free. From here though after even more research we have re-introduced   spelt, which is an old grain wheat which has not been hybridised as  modern wheat has, on rare occasions.

Interestingly enough William Davis tested old grain wheat,  and in his own research observed that eating spelt did not produce  of the side effects of eating regular wheat.
IN fact we have found the same and although we still rarely use grains of any sort I have found that spelt is quite acceptable to our family diet with no side effects either physically or emotionally.

However to cover both bases I have been soaking any grain we have used: the three types being oats, brown rice and now spelt flour.
The reasons being basically ;that lacto-fermentation makes nutrients in these foods more available and supplies the intestinal tract with health-promoting lactic acid and lactic-acid-producing bacteria. Fermenting grains is a traditional practice that helps make the grains more digestible, and reduces anti-nutrients for better nutritional value." For   more detailed look at this I really recommend the book Nourishing Traditions  

So now we have a few soaked recipes we have used and find them to be 'non reactive for us'

So now I am sure you want to know the recipe we used!
BUTTERMILK BISCUITS ~ recipe is from Nourishing Traditions
Makes about 1 dozen
3 ½ cups freshly ground spelt, kamut or whole wheat flour  (we used store bought spelt)
1 cup buttermilk (Cultured Butter and Buttermilk)
4 tablespoons melted butter
1½ teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons bicarb soda
unbleached white flour (for dusting)

Mix flour with buttermilk to form a thick dough.
Cover and leave in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours.
In a bowl we used our dough hook on  a hand held beater.
Add  in remaining ingredients and knead with hook for longer.
Remove dough to a well-floured  board and sprinkle with unbleached white flour to prevent sticking.
Roll dough to about ¾ inch thickness.
Cut biscuits with a glass and place on a buttered baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

I also sprinkle a little milk on top of our scones and this time we made ours date scones so I added  2 tablespoons of coconut sugar to melted butter  and 1 generous cup chopped dates to dough for the  last mix
Corbyn as you see was my baker this time and he loved them even though he does not usually like dates.
Straight out of the oven
and on to the plate.

Frankly they do not last long so be prepared to grab them while hot.

Of course they do taste great with butter and if indulging I am sure a little jam and cream would be just perfect!

Blessings to you and your homes,


Anonymous said...

They truly look delicious Gae!

I know that after letting go of grains and re-introducing them in my diet, very sparingly, I understand the changes that my body goes through and the intestinal pains it causes.

Soaking all the grains is really the only way to go.

Peace be with you Gae,


Erin said...

Very interested that you are having no side effects.
Where did you get spelt flour from?
how long are you soaking the oats for?


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