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Finally...A Scone Recipe For You! It's Pumpkin Scone Season!

Written for the River Current Publication


It has been a busy few days since my sister’s arrival from California.  We have immersed ourselves in enjoying quality time together; sharing impressive bouts of laughter, hearty conversations…and as often befitting to my family, abundant food.  For my family, great food is the glue that pulls us all together. 
During this busy time, I have found myself spending very little time at home.  And when I am at home, guess where you will find me?  In the kitchen, of course!  Often preparing something to share at our next gathering. 
Last weekend I had the awesome assignment of making my nieces 21st birthday cake.  When I asked her for any special requests, she said that she wanted “a white cake like grandma always used to make”.  Oh my, what a daunting assignment.  Could I possibly replicate a cake that would live up to my mother’s standards?
Admittedly, I ended up having a great time with the challenge.  I even threw in my own twist (of course), by adding a layer of homemade strawberry jam between the cake layers…along with the fluffiest butter cream frosting you could imagine.  And don’t forget the finishing touch…a generous sprinkling of our favorite, coconut.   Yippee!  The cake was a success, with winning reviews and merely a few crumbs remaining.

Abbey's cake!

This morning I again retreated to the kitchen while my guests remained snuggled under their covers.  (It’s getting a little chilly for my California visitors!)  My goal this morning was to make something special for my Zachary, who had come home to be a part of the weekend festivities.  We only had time for a small breakfast and then needed to make the trek back to OU.  With limited time, I resorted to one of his all-time favs…scones! 
Making scones can sometimes be as daunting as making a pie crust.  Having owned my own tea room and a coffee shop cafĂ©, I can say that I have thrown together many, many batches of scones in my day.  It is a recipe that I never have to look up.  I guess you could say I have a master recipe that I like to change, simply by throwing in different ingredients.  This morning, the chosen ingredient was pumpkin.
Take a look at my blog this week to see the numerous health benefits that pumpkin has to offer; along with a recipe for a maple flavored Devon cream that was absolutely perfect with our pumpkin scones this morning!

Pumpkin Scones
2 cups flour
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 eggs
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. of whipping cream or half and half, for brushing scones
3 Tbsp. sugar/combined with 1 tsp. cinnamon, for sprinkling on scones

1. Sift dry ingredients together.
2. Cut in the cold butter.
3. Whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla.  Slowly add to the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient mixture.  If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of milk or cream, just until the dough comes together.
4. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle; approx. 8 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick.  Cut into wedges and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
5. Lightly brush with cream and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 14 minutes or until lightly browned.  

After I made the scones this morning, I was in a bit of a quandary because I had used all of my powdered sugar for Abbey's birthday cake.  Often I will make a glaze to drizzle over scones, such as the pumpkin ones I made this morning or the cinnamon swirl version that Zach always enjoys.  Personally I prefer delicious Devon cream that is great (and more traditionally) served with scones.  After a little brainstorming, I came up with this version and it was delish!  Super easy too! 

Maple Devon Cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp. REAL maple syrup

Put the heavy cream in a mixing bowl and whip on high until the cream begins to stiffen.  (Is that a word...stiffen?) Anyway, once the cream is fluffy and happy, slowly stream in the maple syrup and mix until blended.  Delish!


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