Mom's Pumpkin Scones
  • Cooking Time: 12-15
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 20
  • 2 and 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/4 t soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 c milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (flour thru salt) together in a medium bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter until it is homogenous and with no pieces larger than the size of a pea. You can use a pastry cutter for this, but I have done it with a fork before.
  4. Combine all wet ingredients (egg, pumpkin, milk) in a separate bowl.
  5. Add wet ingredients to the dry bowl, and stir just until moistened. Extra mixing makes tough scones!
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured counter and knead 10-12 strokes. This is always VERY sticky when I do it, and a quick fix is to keep a small pile of flour on the counter to rub on your hands between strokes.
  7. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle & cut into 8 wedges.
  8. Place on cookie sheet at least one inch apart.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Protip: Since it's a waste to only use 1/2 cup of pumkin when it comes in 2-cup cans, you can easily double this recipe (who complains about extra scones?) and freeze the other cup of pumpkin for later use.
My mom made these scones as a versatile food that the kids loved. Although we usually drizzle them with honey, they have such a small amount of sugar that they are on the border of savoury/sweet. They are great for autumn and winter baking due to the ingredients, but are also a surprisingly fantastic food for camping trips. They hold their shape well during transport and can be sliced in half and filled with any sandwich ingredients. I asked her for this recipe when I wanted to impress a new flame. He said he loved anything pumpkin and I knew this would do the trick. One year later, we just bought our first house together and I can't wait for winter weather to start again so I can fill the new house with baking smells! My mom's note on this recipe: "I usually use 1/2 of the butter and a bit extra pumpkin but the texture suffers for it. Get some honey to eat with them! Stay warm. Love Mom"