I sent a scone with Mike to take to work the next day. Shortly after he left, the phone rang. It was Mike and he said 'I'm not sure how you're going to take this..' Um, ok? 'but I think this scone is the best thing you've ever made!' Yay! This was my first attempt at making scones, and I am so glad they were a hit!
The cinnamon chips are amazing with the pumpkin in these scones. I suspect any chips, or even dried fruit, would be good though. The base recipe is just that good. I lightened things up by using my baking BFF, light butter. I used 2 glazes - plain and spiced, and have written the recipe below with the full amount that I used. While the glazes were really good, truthfully these scones can hold their own sans glaze. Another time I would use half the amount (or simply go without), because I prefer something a little less desserty. If glaze is your thing, then have at it, because they were fabulous!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Scones
Yields 8 scones
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup (1 stick) light butter, cold and cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup cinnamon chips (or white chocolate or butterscotch chips)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Glaze - optional - see recipe below
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a food processor, pulse flours, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda until combined. Add cold butter pieces and pulse until combined and butter forms small pea-sized chunks. Pour into a large bowl and stir in cinnamon chips.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and gently fold until dough comes together. (be careful not to over mix).
- Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. Press and form dough into a 8 to 9-inch round. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into 8 slices.
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 cup powdered sugar
- Whisk together milk and sugar until combined. With a pastry brush, brush glaze over cooled scones. Repeat until all glaze is used (or until desired coverage is achieved).
1 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Whisk together milk, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pour glaze in a plastic bag. Cut off a corner of the bag and pipe spiced glaze over scones, as desired.
Adapted from Annie's Eats, originally from Joy of Baking