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Pumpkin Scones with Toasted Pine Nuts & Maple Glaze – A Recipe for the Other 10 Months

I have no intention of giving up the best job in the world
anytime soon, but if I do, I’d try and get a job in the marketing department of
a pumpkin puree company. 

I’m guessing that like 97% of the canned pumpkin in
this country is used during the time from Halloween until Thanksgiving. So if I
could figure out a way to get people to use this in recipes all year round, I’d
be a total superstar in pumpkin puree marketing circles.


Imagine that. It would be…awesome? Anyway, maybe I should rethink
this whole post-Foodwishes career path, but in the meantime, here’s just one
example of how I would convince the public that pumpkin is great for anytime of
the year. Ironically, I did this because I had leftover pumpkin from
Thanksgiving, but still.

I may have covered this in the last scones post, but I’ve
never been a huge fan of the scone. I’ve always considered it some sort of
effeminate biscuit, but I’m starting to come around in my old age. There’s
nothing like a freshly baked scone with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee,
especially one tricked out with pumpkin, toasted pine nuts, and maple glaze. I
hope you give this a try soon…or anytime! Enjoy.


Ingredients for 12 Pumpkin Scones:
8 ounces by weight all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup buttermilk
additional flour as needed
1 egg beaten with a few drops of milk or water to brush scones before baking.
*Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes, or until golden
brown

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Delightful Apple Spiced Scones with Spiced Glaze

When the weather gets cool, turn your oven on and warm up the house with the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon. The temperature dropped like 20 degrees since last week, and these homemade buttermilk scones with small bits of apples and a cinnamon spice glaze were the perfect excuse to bake.

Chocolate chip scones[1] are usually my favorite scone variety, but these apple scones may have taken their place! The scones aren’t too sweet, so the glaze gives it the perfect balance of sweetness in every bite. If you want to cut back on your sugar, you can make half the glaze, then drizzle it on instead.

Perfect for an afternoon tea or a lazy Sunday brunch. Enjoy!

Delightful Apple Spiced Scones with Spiced Glaze 
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings:

12 • Size: 1 scone • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 184 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 37 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 3 g

• Sugar: 19 g
Sodium: 250 mg  

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour 
  • 1 cup all purpose flour  
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups diced apples, peeled (I used Granny Smith)

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp cold fat free milk (plus 1/2 tbsp if needed)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine the first five ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon nutmeg, and salt in another large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Fold in diced minced apples. Add buttermilk mixture, stirring just until moist.

Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands. Form dough into an 9-inch circle onto baking sheet, about 3/4″ thick. Using a knife, cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through.

Bake until golden, about 18-20 minutes, depending on your oven. Place on a cooling rack about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the glaze: Mix powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg with 2 tbsp of milk, adding 1/2 tbsp more (1 tsp at a time) if necessary to get the consistency to the right thickness. Stir until completely smooth.

Place scones on parchment or wax paper and drizzle the glaze over the scones using a spoon – or- place the glaze in a shallow bowl and dip the top of the scones into the glaze, then let it sit on the waxed paper to harden.

Makes 12 scones.

References

  1. ^ Chocolate chip scones (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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