It’s funny, but when I’m pressed for time I suddenly am able to achieve a whole lot more. Take this morning, for example. It was my first day at a new job and I suddenly found time to bake a bunch of pumpkin scones. Less time = more baked goods in my household, although it may also have something to do with the fact that I needed a recipe to post today…

No matter, these scones are a breeze. I knocked it up in half an hour and it was well worth the effort. Although not as light and fluffy as the lemonade scones I made a while back, they are the kind of thing you can eat plain, although I think you could up the mixed spice and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Scones from ABC Queensland
50g butter at room temperature
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup cold mashed pumpkin (otherwise the butter will melt)
2½ cups self-raising flour
Milk or egg, for glazing
Butter and honey, to serve

Preheat oven to very hot, 220°C. Line baking tray with paper.

Cream butter, sugar, eggs and spice. Stir in pumpkin with a wooden spoon.
Add flour in 3 batches, stirring with spoon. The dough will be quite sticky and elastic.

Place dough on a lightly floured bench and split in half. Continue halving the dough until you have 16 even portions (I got 15, one was a bit of a runt so I broke it up and added it to the other smaller ones). You may need to heavily flour your hands to do this. Quickly form the portions into balls.

Place the scones in the centre of the tray, so they are just touching. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Slather with butter and honey and serve immediately, don’t wait!

What about you? Do you find you get more done under pressure?

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11 Responses to Pumpkin Scones

  1. Gaby says:

    Baked scones on your first day in a new job?? You’re definitely crazy :)
    Gaby recently posted…Review- Mamak

  2. Manu says:

    YUM!!!! I have never made scones at home! I have saved this recipe as they look sooo good! Good luck for the new job! :-)

  3. Amy says:

    Yum! Flo Bjelke-Petersen would be impressed! :)

  4. Lau says:

    @ Gaby – No doubt. But they were yummy!

    @ Manu – Never made scones? But you make so many amazing (and tricky looking treats), why not scones? They are soooo easy. Just make sure you eat ‘em fresh!

    @ Amy – Hey Amy, thanks for stopping by. I knew I couldn’t get through this post without someone mentioning Flo, here’s a really interesting blog post about the Bjelke-Peterson reign and, of course, pumpkin scones over at Veggie Mama.

  5. I’d like to pass on this award to you, I hope you will accept it.

    http://quatrofromaggio.blogspot.com/p/thanks-to.html

    Keep up the good work!

    Paolo
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  6. Great excuse to be late for work on the first day! :)

  7. My godmother used to make these for me when I was little and I used to absolutely adore them. As you say they’re not as light as other scones but they’re so moist! :)
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella recently posted…Win 1 of 6 Six Packs of Anathoth Jams!

  8. I think the last time I made pumpkin scones was sometime back in the late 80s when I was in high school. Talk about a blast from the past. I adore these things! First you drag out fairy bread, now we have pumpkin scones. I’m trying to guess what’s next
    john@heneedsfood recently posted…Le Gai Moulin – Paris- France

  9. Dolly says:

    This looks so healthy!

    Hmm pumpkin scones with blue cheese?

    yum
    Dolly recently posted…Zaaffran – Darling Harbour

  10. Lau says:

    @ Paolo – Cheers! I’ll head over and check it out!

    @ chopinandmysaucepan – Luckily I wasn’t late but you’re right, I’m sure it would’ve made a grand excuse.

    @ Lorraine – I agree, and they seem to last so much longer because of that.

    @ John – Oh, I plan on dragging out plenty of basic Aussie recipes, if only so that I can make them again myself…

    @ Dolly – I don’t know about healthy, but blue cheese would be delish!

  11. Veggie Mama says:

    Thanks for saying I’m interesting!! well at least my stuff anyway :) xx

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