My goal is to eat as many pumpkin flavored things as possible before the season is over. Luckily, it's easily achieveable, especially when I have a plate a pumpkin scones waiting for me in the kitchen. They're soft and moist with a crispy crust and when you slather them with spicy brown sugar cinnamon butter they make you forget that there's been an ice fog hanging around outside for three days straight.
Just a week or two ago it was the most beautiful autumn outside and warm enough to walk around and enjoy it. Then BAM, a big wind blew the leaves off the trees, the sky dumped down a foot of snow, and now it's suddenly winter.
It's still autumn in my kitchen though. I'm hanging on for at least a little bit longer...
..and nothing says autumn like pumpkin and spices baked into scones.
I like my scones to be moist but still light and flaky instead of dense. It took a few versions and a number of adjustments before I was happy with the texture and flavor.
The recipe is really straight forward: Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and then cut in the butter or work it in with your fingers until the mixture looks crumbly. The pumpkin, cream, and vanilla are stirred together in another bowl and then everything is combined to make a dough.