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Classic Pumpkin Scones

Course: Afternoon, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Biscuits, Fall Recipes, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice, Scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 scones
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Dini @ The Flavor Bender
Easy and foolproof recipe for soft, buttery Classic Pumpkin Scones. Can be made ahead of time, and stored in the freezer for later. They bake perfectly from frozen too. 
EASY - This recipe is great for novice bakers. Requires inactive chilling time.
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Equipment

  • Graduated Cookie Cutters
  • Silpat Pastry Mat (optional)
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

Pumpkin Scones

  • 14 oz AP flour about 3 ⅓ cups
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger optional
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp white sugar or brown sugar
  • 4 oz unsalted butter 8 tbsp - chilled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree chilled
  • ¾ cup half and half chilled
  • Extra half and half to brush the tops of scones
  • Raw sugar to sprinkle on top

Brown Butter Glaze

  • 3 - 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 oz confectioner’s sugar 1 cup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 - 4 tbsp cream

Instructions

Pumpkin Scones

  • Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the cubed and chilled unsalted butter and toss to coat the butter pieces in flour.
  • Next, either cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter, or rub the butter into the flour. There should be some chickpea-sized pieces of butter coated in flour in the mix, and some coarse breadcrumb-sized pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin puree and half and half together until smooth. Add half of the liquid into the flour-butter mix, and use a fork to mix the liquid into the flour. There will be big clumps of wet dough.
  • Add the rest of the pumpkin mixture and stir it into the flour using a fork. When all the pumpkin mixture has been stirred in, there'll be a lot of wet clumps of dough. But there also may be some dry spots of flour too.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured parchment paper. Bring the dough pieces together to form a rough dough in the shape of a large circle or rectangle.
  • Use the parchment paper to help fold the dough over in half. Repeat again to fold the dough into quarters.
  • Then use the parchment paper to gently pat down the dough into a square or rectangle. Fold over in half again.
  • Lightly flour the dough, and flatten it out into a 6 x 9 inch rectangle.
  • Dip a sharp cookie cutter (2.5 - 3 in in diameter) in flour and cut out 6 scones from the dough. Clean and flour the cutter every time you cut out scones, so that you make nice and clean cuts. (To cut out scones, press the cookie cutter straight down into the dough without any twisting motion.)
  • Place cut scones on the parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  • Gather the dough scraps together, and gently pat it to form a dough that sticks together. Fold the dough over in half, and pat it again to a 6 x 4 - 5 inch rectangle. Cut out 3 scones from this, and place the scones on the parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  • Again, gather and pat the dough as before, then fold it over, and pat it to form a dough large enough to cut 2 more scones. Repeat again with the remaining dough scraps to cut one more scone. You should end up with a total of 12 scones.
  • Cover the baking tray with plastic wrap and freeze or refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. You can keep the scones in fridge overnight, OR keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months (see recipe notes on how to store them).
  • Before baking the pumpkin scones, preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C. Brush the tops of the scones with milk. Once the oven is preheated, remove the scones from the fridge/freezer, and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown in color (20 minutes if baking from frozen).
  • Brush baked scones immediately with the brown butter glaze to let the glaze melt into the scones. OR let the scones cool down slightly first, if you'd like a glaze topping that doesn’t melt.

Brown Butter Glaze

  • Place the butter and salt in a saucepan. Heat to melt the butter, and then continue cooking the butter while stirring, until the milk solids turn dark golden in color. Remove from the heat immediately and pour the butter into a bowl along with the milk solids. Stir in the salt to dissolve, and let it cool down.
  • Place the confectioner’s sugar in a bowl and add 3 tbsp of the browned butter (with the milk solids) and whisk it into the confectioner’s sugar. When you have a smooth paste, add another 3 tbsp of cream to form a thick glaze. Add another tbsp of cream to thin out the glaze if you like, or add more confectioner’s sugar to make it thicker.
  • Set aside until needed.

Notes

Other ways to cut pumpkin scones
Wedge scones - After folding the dough to form a layered dough, shape it into a circle that's about 7 inches in width. Cut the circle into 8 wedges, to get 8 large scones. 
Baking time will be about 20 - 25 minutes in a 400°F oven. Turn off the oven and leave the scones in there for a further 5 - 10 minutes before removing. 
Square scones - Instead of a circle, shape the dough into a 7 inch square. Cut the square to get 12 small scones, or 9 medium scones.  
Baking time will still be similar, maybe a few minutes extra.
Pumpkin scone variations
Chocolate chip pumpkin scones - Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chip cookies, or 1/2 cup of finely chopped chocolate (about 1/2 cm pieces) to the flour mixture before you add the pumpkin/dairy mix. 
Pumpkin spice scones - Dissolve 2 tsp instant coffee granules in the dairy, before stirring in the pumpkin puree. The scones will be a little less sweet because of the coffee, so you could increase the sugar content by about 2 tbsp. 
Pecan pumpkin scones - Use brown sugar instead of white sugar, and add 3/4 cup of chopped pecans to the flour mixture before adding the pumpkin/dairy mix. 
Pumpkin feta scones - Reduce the sugar to 1 tbsp. Add 1 1/2 tsp chopped thyme (fresh), and gently stir in 4 oz of feta, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces, before adding the pumpkin/dairy mix. Brush the freshly baked scones with salted brown butter. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2769IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg