Monday, October 16, 2006

Pumpkin Scones

I have a copycat recipe of Starbucks Pumpkin Scones for quite sometime. Since I am not a big pumpkin fan, and have never tried the real thing before, I decided to wait until I sampled the real thing.

On one lazy Tuesday morning, while waiting for my cup of coffee, I saw the pumpkin scones on the fridge display. That was my first pumpkin scone from Starbucks. It was light, with just the right touch of pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin is relatively new to me, and I find myself needing more time to get use to its flavour. Anyhow, after trying the real thing, I decided to whip up a batch on Sunday morning. And it tasted just like those from Starbucks. OCT who doesn't like pumpkin had one, and told me that he liked the texture of the scone.

Although the recipe used canned pumpkin puree that's readily available all year round, Starbucks only have the pumpkin scones around this time of the year! Maybe pumpkin is inseparable from fall, just like pears and apples. Speaking of apples, I haven't seen an apple tree yet! I hope we will get a chance to go to an Apple Orchard before we go back for good...

Copycat recipe of Starbucks' Pumpkin Scones
It has been a while ago when I first gotten this recipe, so I can't recall its origin.

2 cups all purpose flour
7 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tbsp half and half
1 large egg
6 tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes

Plain glaze:
1 cup + 1 tbsp confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp whole milk

Spiced Icing:
1 cup + 3 tbsps cofectioners'sugar
2 tbsp whole milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground clove

Preheat the oven to 425F, and combine all purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder salt, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger together in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half and egg.

Cut butter into the dry ingredients, using a pastry cutter, until it resemble coarse meal. Fold in wet ingredients in the medium bowl and form dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle that is about 9-inches x 3 inches. Cut into 6 triangle slices of dough. (Freeze dough for 30 minutes or upto 1 month if it's too soft and hard to handle at this point)

Bake for 14-16 minutes or until scones turn light brown.

While scones cool, mix ingredients for plain glaze, using mixer on medium speed, until the mixture becomes smooth. Brush glaze over scones, when they are cool.

As the white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing, with mixer on medium speed, mix until well combined. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scones and allow the icing to dry before serving.( at least 1 hour)A squirt bottle works great for this, or drizzle with a whisk.

Note: I find the scones having enough sweetness from the white glaze, without the spiced icing. Hence this step is omitted.

Make 6 large scones.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure this one's on my blog, but I've made it a time or two and never use the icing either.

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