Monday, March 18, 2013

Pumpkin Scones

Today is my last day of unemployment, and I am thrilled to start my job tomorrow! The school district is on spring break right now, so I will have a couple of days to do trainings and get my office set up before the students come back. I have already started putting together all of my office supplies, and I can't wait to meet my students! So today I am doing some things around the house, like the unending laundry (we've already done 18 loads, and I'm not done yet), organizing our home office, etc. But I figured starting by day with some pumpkin scones would be ideal. This recipe made 8 scones, and they were so good! The recipe claims to be a Starbucks copycat - I've only had one of their scones, and it was a while ago, so I can't attest to their similarity, but I can attest to their awesomeness.

2 cups flour
7 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
6 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 tbsp half & half
1 egg

1 cup + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp half & half

The original recipe (link) says to mix the dry ingredients on low in a food processor, but I used my stand mixer. After the dry ingredients are mixed, gradually add the 6 tbsp of cold butter. Let this mix until it looks like a cornmeal texture. I just let my mixer run while I blended the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. When the wet ingredients are blended, gradually add them to the dry ingredients, and let this mix just until it is incorporated and forms a large dough ball. Knead the dough on a floured surface a couple of times, and flatten the dough into a circle. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into triangles. I cut mine into 8 scones (the original recipe said 6 scones, but I think this would be too big after I saw the size of the 8 I made). Bake these on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 425 for 13-15 minutes. After they have cooled, top with glaze. It's going to be hard to wait until tomorrow to eat another one!