Sunday, February 10, 2013

An Adventure in Scones: Vegan Sunday Brunch, Episode 32

I wanted to have a finished recipe for you today, I really did.  But alas, not every Sunday brunch goes according to plan.

It all started with a vision - a vision of grapefruit and agave, happily frolicking through fields of deliciousness and being tied together with a sweet cream cheese frosting.  Grapefruit and agave would meet, get married and become scones.  Sounds lovely, right?

Well, in theory.  While the scones sat in the oven, doing their thing and turning into scones, I couldn't get the nagging feeling out of my brain that these would be much more tasty if they were savory.  Savory grapefruit scones with cream cheese (or sliceable Daiya havarti...yum) just sounded, well, so much better than a sweet version - possibly not the best revelation to have while they're already cooking, but sometimes it just works out that way.

Michael's scone, with a lovely cream cheese drizzle.

The thing is that grapefruit and agave are still a wonderful pair, but cream cheese drives the two apart.  As pairs, they all match nicely together, but as a trio, I just wasn't sold.

On the plus side, Michael and I have a really solid recipe draft for the next attempt at this - the scones themselves turned out great - soft and muffin-like with a slightly crisp exterior.

Today I served my grapefruit scones with a drizzle of cream cheese (thinned out with a little melted margarine) and some vegan havarti.  They also tasted great with a drizzle of agave, holding out on the cheese, for a sweet scone experience.

This recipe has a great crumb, and was lovely with the addition of chopped grapefruit segments.

Though brunch wasn't what I would consider a win this week, it was still fun spending time in the kitchen and hanging out on a Sunday morning.  Hope you guys are having a delicious weekend!


  1. Hm, interesting flavor combo. Grapefruit scones sound like they'd be fantastic with a sweet cream cheese drizzle but I don't know about havarti... Although my great aunt would eat her apple pie with melted cheese on it, so maybe?
    If you work it out, do tell!

  2. Grapefruit scones definitely sound really interesting! I feel like I'd probably stick with the agave (since I have an aversion to grapefruit now since my stomach flu last year... grapefruit was the last thing I ate before I got sick with the demon virus so I associate the two now, wah!!)... sweetening the grapefruit sounds more palatable to my own tastes at the moment. I can see how the cream cheese would be delicious too though!!

    They may not have turned out how you wanted but they look amazing! Can't wait to see the finished recipe.

  3. American-style scones are so different to the kind I grew up eating! And I'd be inclined to say that these weren't perfect because, well, grapefruit instead of something delicious like raspberries... ;)

  4. I never, ever, ever would've thought of combining grapefruit with cream cheese... Or even to make grapefruit scones! Hopefully, the next batch you make will be recipe-post worthy, as now my curiosity has been piqued and I want to try 'em!

  5. I love the daiya havarti slices and imagine it would be very delicious atop a slightly sweet or savory scone. I'm intrigued by the grapefruit. Sounds like it would be a nice match to the cream cheese. Both of your scones look very tasty!

  6. I love grapefruit anything! Also, I don't think I've ever had a scone before, let alone made one!

  7. Trios are such challenging things :-) These do look lovely at least - picture perfect!

  8. Scones! Love scones. As I understand it though, the US and the UK are separated by not having a common take on scones. Something to do with the texture, I hear. And our fondness for having them served up by vicars and maiden aunts at garden parties. Still, either way, they're clearly hanging out for some grapefruit lovin'...

  9. I think the combo of grapefruit, agave and cream cheese sounds delicious! In sweet form anyway, not too sure about the savory aspect. Even though you didn't like the flavor they look crazy good!