Friday, October 07, 2011

31 Days of Holiday Baking - Day 7 :: Pumpkin Scones

This is a recipe that I've used over and over because they are so good! Madelyn shared this recipe on her blog a couple years ago and she also brought the scones to a party I was at. I've changed it slightly, so be sure to click on over to her blog for her version. She also links to where she found the recipe! It's funny how recipes gradually change depending on who is using them. I rarely follow a recipe exactly. Sometimes that is not a good thing! In this case, though, they turned out beautifully. They're very moist and tender and full of flavour. Please, whatever you do, do not omit the glaze or icing! They totally make the scone.

Pumpkin Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
7 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons whipping cream

1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold butter

Plain Glaze

1 cup plus 1 tbsp powdered sugar

4 tbsp whipping cream

Spiced Icing

Creating at Home
1 cup plus 3 tbsp powdered sugar
4 tbsp whipping cream

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
pinch ground cloves

Preheat oven to 425° F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger in a large bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, whipping cream, milk and eggs.
Cut butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, until it is the size of peas.

Add dry to wet ingredients, combine gently with a wooden spoon (don't over work).

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet (parchment lined or greased) - about 2 tbsp in size.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Cool.

While scones cool, prepare plain glaze by combining ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork. Mix until smooth.

When scones are cool, use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.

As that white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by combining ingredients in another medium bowl with a fork.

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