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Thursday, January 29, 2009

the glow of pumpkin scones

I had to race outside to catch the last rays of sun that reach this house - which is between 2:30 and 3:00PM this time of year. The heap of snow in front of the house doesn't help. So there I was, running full speed to pose these lovely glowing pumpkin scones in the snow.

A few weeks ago, I nibbled on a pumpkin scone my daughter had bought at a coffee place. I was disappointed - it was very dry and quite tough. It stayed in the back of my mind, though, and last night I experimented with making a moist, somewhat dense pumpkin scone. I also cut the butter content a bit, by using applesauce ( which was homemade and chunky) - and added a few currants for interest. I hope you enjoy them.

You will need:

Preheat oven to 350F. Fit a baking sheet with foil.

2 3/4 cups King Arthur flour, plus more for rolling

1 t. b. powder

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. ginger

1/2 t. cloves

5 T. chilled unsalted butter, cut into little pieces

the wet ingredients:

3/4 of a One Pie Pumpkin can

1/2 cup applesauce, or cook one peeled and cut up apple til tender and mush up

1 large egg

1/2 cup currants (dried)

1/3 cup buttermilk

Mix the dry ingredients together in mixer bowl. Add the cut up butter and mix until it looks a little like cornmeal.

Add the wet ingredients and mix. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour. Turn out on floured counter and pat into a circle. Cut into 6 pieces, shaped like triangles. Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg ( it will be shiny) or coffee - which I did....using coffee will remove any flour remaining on the scones, in addition to bringing out the color.

Bake at 350F for about 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool. The scones will stick to the foil, so wait until cool before removing firmly with a spatula.

Enjoy with tea or hot chocolate, or warmed milk with a cinnamon stick!


Barb said...

Scones looks so good! (All your pictures look so good!) You do have a lot of snow. I read in the paper that this year we are now in the top 10 snowiest years for snow - at least we are well above our average snowfall. Oh...and it's snowing again right now :).
There are some killer icicles hanging off the houses though.

katrina said...

Oh, you poor thing - I think I'd screech if I saw snow right now, Barb! I've spent a good part of the day trying to shovel - but the snow is so high, you have to really lift to put it somewhere. You have my empathy. Go get yourself some flowers and make these scones - maybe that will make you feel better!

Martha said...

The scones look wonderful and I love anything pumpkin.

katrina said...

Thanks, Martha! I, too ( obviously) love pumpkin - and the photos don't do justice to the warm glow of these scones, or the rich taste.

Barb said...

Oh I figured we just sent the snow your way (ha! ha!) 'cuz we don't really have anywhere left to put it either!! But...I did hear that it's supposed to be 37 degrees (!!!!) on Sunday! My fingers are crossed, but I'll believe it when I feel it!

katrina said...

37! Send that our way, Barb! Around here, the crews are resorting to scooping snow into dumptrucks, and dumping - here, there - everywhere - over the hill, into the river.