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These vegan alternatives to pulled pork scones may cut out the meat, but one thing's for sure is that the big, bold flavours remain. Pulled jackfruit cooked in a sticky BBQ sauce keeps things juicy and tender. Serve with pickled onions and a mustard sauce for a sharp tang to cut through the bold barbecue flavours. See method
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Start by making the pickled onions. Put the vinegar and sugar in a small pan with 2 tsp water. Warm gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the sliced onion and set aside to pickle and cool.
Meanwhile, sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl with 1 tsp salt, then mix in the cheese-alternative and chives. In a separate bowl, beat together the yogurt-alternative and mustard, then mix in the beer. Use a large table knife to mix the wet ingredients into the dry until you have a soft, sticky dough. Scrape onto a flour-dusted surface and fold the dough over on itself a few times to gently smooth, being careful not to overwork.
Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Roll out the dough to just under 3cm thick. Stamp out 10 rounds with a 7-8cm cutter, rerolling the trimmings, then transfer carefully to a baking tray. Mix together the almond milk-alternative and maple syrup, then brush most of it over the tops. Bake for 10-13 mins until golden and risen, then brush the tops with the remaining maple mixture. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Meanwhile, shred the jackfruit with 2 forks, then transfer to a lidded saucepan with the BBQ sauce and 2 tbsp water. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cover and cook for 5-7 mins until heated through and sticky.
Mix together the mustard sauce ingredients. To assemble, split the scones in half and spread each half lightly with the mustard sauce. Add a few salad leaves, some pickled onions and pulled jackfruit, then sandwich together. The jackfruit, onions and mustard sauce can all be made a day ahead, but the scones are best made just a few hours ahead.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines
In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.
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