Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Scones

A Pumpkin Scone
Are you ready for another pumpkin recipe?  After all, it is pumpkin month, right?  Isn't October pumpkin month?  Well, it is at my house.  As a result I've had pumpkin on my mind.

The other day I caught a glimpse of some pumpkin scones at one of my favorite local coffee shops. 

I looked, but didn't sample the day I saw them.  That's always dangerous, because the thought of those scones got stuck in my brain in the same way the the song Mama Mia just won't leave me after I hear it.  You know what I mean, don't you?

Well, I was relieved from the obsessive thoughts of pumpkin scones when I came across King Arthur Flour's recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Scones.  I decided to give them a try.  

Pumpkin Scones
Makes 12 scones
304 calories per scone, with chocolate chips
The Pumpkin Scone Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2/3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping
  • Milk or cream for brushing the tops of the scones
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.  I used my electric stand mixer to mix these scones, following the tips learned from Ina Garten's cranberry scone recipe.  Cut the butter into small chunks and add to the flour mixture.  Mix with the paddle attachment to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture.  Don't worry about getting all the chunks the same size.

Use Your Mixer
Add the chocolate chips if you are using them.  They will add an additional 93 calories per scone.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and eggs until smooth.  Add this mixture to the dry mixture.  Stir until the batter holds together.

Divide the dough in half.  On a lightly floured surface, roll into two 6 inch rounds.  (5 inch rounds without the add ins.)  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut each round into six wedges.  Place on the baking sheet.  Brush the tops with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar.

The Scones Topped with Cream and Turbinado Sugar

Bake the scones for 22 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve warm.

Fresh  from the Oven Scones
You can enjoy pumpkin month along with me by making these scones.  Just click the link for the printable pumpkin scones recipe.


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