Round 9 Vegan Taste-Off: Chocolate Chip Sconeson March 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Once more, we have 2 quite different methods of preparing the same type of dish. Scones here are made by a biscuit method and a bread method. The first recipe was specifically meant to be chocolate chip scones, and the second was a basic scone recipe following the chocolate chip variation. Our panelists would refer to the two versions as ‘triangle scones’ which were Chocolate Chip Scones from 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson – the biscuit method using vegan margarine, and ‘drop scones’ which were Scones with Chocolate Chips from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz – the bread method using shortening. I was curious to see how different the two methods would taste from one another.
Sarah: “It feels like something is missing in the drop scone. It’s kind of dought and flat. The triangle scone really tastes quite good- it tastes more like a traditional scone. It’s more flaky and ‘buttery.’ Awesome! It’s also sweeter, which is nice.” Sarah’s pick? Chocolate Chip Scones
Abid: “The drop scone is much more plain, not as chewy and very rough, whereas the triangle scone is much sweeter, even more than traditional scones that I’m used to.” Abid’s pick? Chocolate Chip Scones
Steve: “The drop scone was chewier and didn’t have much taste, whereas the triangle scone had a nice texture and taste.” Steve’s pick? Chocolate Chip Scones
I was the only person amongst the group who preferred the Vegan Brunch version of the scones. Where others felt they were bland, I enjoyed the simplicity. It reminded me of a pancake, or pastry in flavour, which was something I had been craving. I think that if given another chance, the version from 1000 Vegan Recipes might sway me- if the size were as the recipe recommended, and was much bigger than what I made for this sampling. To me, it felt too dry, but again, this would likely not be the case had I not made each portion into 16, rather than the recommended 8. I’d be willing to give it another go, but I really did love the simplicity of the drop scones.
So it was nearly a clean sweep for the more traditional type scone, and I couldn’t really blame them. Neither to me seemed like a perfect match to a traditional scone, though the texture of the winner did come closer than the drop scones. I’ll have to keep searching for the perfect recipe I think.
Next week however, though the results stated otherwise, I did find the perfect carrot cake. Check back in next week to see the results of our final round in this taste-off series- Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.