Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Spiced Scones

It is Fall in the States - many people are talking about cold fronts coming in, rain, extra blankets and the smell of a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the air.  Here in Honduras we only really have two seasons - Hot, and Hot with rain.  However, once in awhile we get some oddly cool days.  Today is one of those days.  So, in honor of our temporary cool feel - I took the canned pumpkin out of the cabinet and made some Pumpkin Scones.  They are already half gone.

Here is the recipe if you are interested:

6-12 scones depending on how you cut them


2 cups flour
7 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamnon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
(or 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tbsp half-and-half
1 large egg

Powdered Sugar Glaze:

1 cup + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp mild or cream

Spiced Glaze:

1 cup + 3 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp whole milk or cream
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch cloves

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
 2.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in large bowl.  Using a pastry knife, fork or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter are obvious.  Set aside.
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half, and egg.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Form the dough into a ball.
4.  Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide - or 1/2-inch thick rectangle for smaller scones).  Use a large knife or pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal portions.  Cut those three slices diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough.  Place on prepared baking sheet.
5.  Bake for 14-16 minutes.  Scones should begin to turn light brown.  Place on wire rack to cool.
6.  For plane glaze, mix the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk together until smooth.  Apply to cooled scone
7.  Spiced icing:  Combine the ingredients for the spiced icing together.  Drizzle this thicker icing over each frosted scone and allow the icing to dry before serving.  A squirt bottle works great for this.


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