I love a good scone, but truth be told, I am always a bit disappointed when I make them myself. I collated a load of recipes last year from friends when I was doing my afternoon tea fundraiser, but the two things which let them down were 1) lack of rise and 2) lack of sweetness.
You might argue that scones shouldn’t be too sweet. After all, they are a vehicle for all that creamy and jam. But here’s the thing: I quite like a scone with just butter. I know, I know, don’t tell the cream tea police! But a just warm scone with slightly salted butter is a thing of beauty for me so I want a scone which is maybe a bit sweeter than usual.
I have tried using Natvia in this recipe. Although calorie free, it is made from stevia; a plant which is full of natural sweetness. I actually grew a stevia plant last year, but got confused as to how to harness it, and accidentally let it die 🙁
I’ve been trying Natvia out in various ways for a few weeks. I will be honest, the granules don’t have the same texture as sugar, so my first attempt at baking was a disaster. The next batch, I put the Natvia in the food processor for about a minute to grind it down a bit first, and the scones were just as I wanted. It is a shame because from what I can make it isn’t the stevia that gives it that texture, but rather erythritol; an added naturally fermented product which gives it a sugar-like structure. I noticed online that they do an icing sugar style which I am sure would yield much better results for bakes like this, so I will keep my eyes peeled for it at the supermarket.
However, I did find it useful as a sweet hit in other ways:
- Perking up an emergency low fat hot chocolate sachet!
- Sprinkled over Special K when I needed a kick start
- Spiced chai tea
So baking with granulated Natvia is tricky but not impossible. This simple sugar free scone recipe yields soft, fluffy scones, but the taste is ever so slight different to that of sugar. So have a go and let me know what you think.