Monday, January 2, 2012

Pumpkin Maple Scones

Most mornings involve a cup of home-roasted coffeewith a bit of sugar and some goat milk and a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal that's been cooked in goat milk. It's creamy and doesn't need much brown sugar. A touch of cinnamon makes it even better. On the weekends we always do at least one morning differently. While I love the oatmeal, it does get repetitive after awhile and I do like a change.

Those mornings we sometimes make pancakes or waffles. When I'm feeling extra industrious I'll make bagels or English muffins for eggs benedict. If we have bacon or sausage in the fridge we make biscuits and gravy. Sometimes I don't have as much time or energy though so I go with something a bit easier. Scones fit this bill. Unlike bagels and English muffins, they don't have to rise.

Scones traditionally have a lot of butter, which is a treasured commodity for us so I didn't really want to give up a stick for one breakfast. Cooked pumpkin, or winter squash is a good substitute for oils like butter. It's also a good way to make a substitute if you want to eat a bit healthier. We have plenty of winter squash that we really need to use up so I went out to our storage area and grabbed a small one to bake. I simply cut the squash in half and scooped out the seeds. I put the squash cut face down in a baking dish and put a thin layer of water on the bottom. I put it in a 400 deg F oven until the squash was fork tender. The time will vary depending on the size and type of the squash.

Preheat oven to 425 deg. F 
Sift together: 
2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/4 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp ground allspice 
pinch of ground cloves 

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add: 
1 Tbs maple syrup plus more 
1/2 cup cooked pumpkin 
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk 

In a circular motion blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a fork. If it gets too tough to mix you can use your hands to combine. The dough should be pliable. I use medium eggs so if you're using large eggs you'll end up with a wetter dough. Add a bit more flour if the dough is sticky. I decided to make small scones so I divided the dough in half. Pat the dough into a ball and then on a well floured surface roll it out to 3/4" thick. You'll want it to be circular to make it easier to cut evenly shaped scones. One disc should make 8 scones. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and brush them with maple syrup. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 

These won't have the crumbly texture or be as dense as you're used to scones having probably because of the lack of butter. They are chewy and filling though and taste great plain or with just a bit of butter.  


  1. My goodness those sound delicious! I'm going to try a GF's hoping!

  2. Oh my, those scones sound awesome especially with that glaze. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your scones up.

  3. Amazing! Gives new hope for my innder life even thou plentiful in the bank. THANK YOU!

  4. I just found your blog and am excited to read through the archives. From what I quickly saw it looks like you're doing an amazing job at producing your own food and sourcing it from local and coop sources. I live on the other side of the continent (Atlantic Canada), but I'm sure I'll find some ideas that I can use on my own property and in my community.