Product Review: Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scones – $6.25+
I have been a fan of scones ever since I bit into my first one while visiting Europe in 2003. Scones, after that, became this legendary thing, and something I was determined to enjoy every time I went overseas. At that point I was either living in Birmingham, Alabama or in Louisville, Kentucky…which are not exactly a hotspot for scone making and feasting. Not to say some bakeries didn’t turn them out. As I was going through the initial stages of my Celiac diagnosis, before we really pinpointed it, I was enjoying a homemade, amazing scone from a local coffee shop, which was produced by a local bakery…which I often bought out of their scones and froze at home for later enjoyment.
Then…the gluten-free diet kicked in…immediately…for my health.
So, after a hiatus from my scone indulgences, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to have them back in my life. So, I got into my kitchen and using what gluten-free flour I had on hand (mostly Pamela’s Products pancake mix) at that point, I began making my own versions and variety of flavors for gluten-free scones. And while they weren’t as good as the ones I had overseas or the ones the bakery made, they were pretty damn good in their own right.
It has been awhile since I’ve made scones. A very long while. But while I was out shopping one day, I ran across a box that was labeled “GLUTEN FREE” and had the word “SCONES” on it. Okay…you have my undivided attention!! The company was Sticky Fingers Bakeries, and they had a line out of gluten-free scone mixes in a variety of flavors: Apple Oat, Wild Blueberry, Meyer Lemon, Original, Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Cranberry.
My roommate, knowing me elation said we could purchase one to make…and then grabbed the Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scones mix. HA! Should have known. If it is lemon, she wants to have it. So…it came home with us and went into the pantry. Months later, I finally decided it was time to stop putting it off and start baking.
This past Monday night, I did just that, deciding that the scones could be the breakfast we eat post-gym while settling in at work. In fact, I had made my own blueberry jam not too long ago, which would pair nicely with the lemon pastry, if all went well.
Sticky Fingers Bakeries began with a scone…and a dream. Seriously! It was founded in 1987 by fraternity brothers Tom Owens and Ted Vogelman in San Diego, California. It initially began as a thriving retail bakery. The scones, in particular, were selling out every day. When recipe request kept flooding in, they knew they were on to something. Owens and Vogelman got to work on a scone mix that their patrons could purchase and recreate the bakery’s most popular item at home…just by adding water. The mix was a hit…so they kept going…and the company kept growing. Today, their products include their popular scone mixes as well as muffin mixes, an Irish soda bread mix, three brownie mixes, a line of premium fruit spreads (including curds, jams jellies and fruit butters), and now…GLUTEN FREE SCONES!
Sticky Fingers Bakeries prides itself on the quality of their ingredients. None of their mixes contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans-fats, or saturated fats.
Sticky Fingers Bakeries carries their commitment to quality over to their gluten-free scone mixes as well. They are made with high quality ingredients that give them the same delicate, crumbly texture with just a touch of sweetness. Even better, this line of their products is produced in a certified gluten-free manufacturing facility.
Baking these are so easy, you will think someone at a bakery did it for you. Simply get out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Then, pull the box containing the Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scone Mix out of your pantry and open it up. Pour the mix into a large mixing bowl and add to it 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons water and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix everything together with a fork until a sticky dough forms. Then, drop heaping spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet and allow to bake for 13-15 minutes, or until firm and light golden brown. The mix makes 10 scones, but I managed to get 12 out of it. HA! The box says these are great warm, on their own, or with butter, honey, jams of curds.
I highly recommend jam. Preferably a homemade blueberry. Blueberry + lemon = AMAZING!
Want to know what else is amazing? These scones, that’s what! The Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scones bake up all light and pillow-y on the inside and get this beautiful golden crust on the outside. The scone is packed full of lemon flavor, without it overpowering the baked good itself. I mean, it strikes the perfect balance of flakiness and yumminess and it is sheer perfection. I am so in love with these. I need to try to remember where I bought this box from so I can try to find more. That is how impressed I am with these. I only have 2 left for breakfast after the gym…so now I have to come up with some yummy treat to heat up at the office for a quick breakfast as I settle into work. These were ideal and perfect. But…all good things must be devoured.
Let’s discuss the ingredients that go into Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scones! These scones are made from white rice flour, sugar, potato starch, buttermilk powder, tapioca starch, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), lemon bits (sugar, rice syrup, corn cereal, corn starch, palm oil, natural flavor, tumeric concentrate), natural meyer lemon flavors, canola oil (ascorbic acid & rosemary added to preserve freshness), sea salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, and natural vanilla powder. As mentioned before, these scones are certified gluten-free, contain no artificial colors or flavors, contain no preservatives, contain no trans-fats or saturated fats, are certified kosher…oh…and are amazingly scrumptious!
As for the nutritional information, a box of the Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Scones makes 10 (but I got 12) scones. The mix itself will give you 180 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 30 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams sugars, and 2 grams of protein. Do not expect these to be filling, unless you eat two of them…which I do. I also slather mine with a delicious and liberal amount of my own homemade blueberry jam. Hence, the recommendation above.
The Sticky Fingers Bakeries guys sure do have scones down to pefection. And they make it easy for you to make them yourself in the comfort of your own home. Easy to mix, easy to bake, and SO easy to consume. It will be hard not to eat them all at once. They are worth spreading out over a few days…trust me. Phenomenal flavor. Perfect scones. So much love.