A brown butter spread gives flaky spiced pumpkin scones nutty flavour and an extra touch of sweetness. Overworked dough can become tough when baked; for the flakiest pastry, knead it just until the dough comes together.
- Prep time 30 minutes
- Total time 1 hour & 45 minutes
Whipped Brown Butter Icing:
- 1/2 cup butter , softened
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter , cubed
- 2/3 cups Fresh Pumpkin Purée (Instructions in method)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped Brown Butter Icing: In small nonstick skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; continue to cook, swirling frequently, until nutty brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Scrape into bowl. Let cool completely.
In bowl, beat remaining butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in brown butter until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in brown sugar. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
Scones: While icing is chilling, in bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. In separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin purée, egg, buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla; using fork, stir into flour mixture just until ragged dough forms.
Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; knead about 10 times to form smooth dough. Using floured hands, gently press into 10- x 7-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares; halve each square diagonally to make 12 triangles.
Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 400°F oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with Whipped Brown Butter Icing.
Makes 12 scones.
Nutritional facts Per scone: about
- Fibre 1 g
- Sodium 334 mg
- Sugars 4 g
- Protein 4 g
- Calories 259
- Total fat 17 g
- Potassium 104 mg
- Cholesterol 57 mg
- Saturated fat 10 g
- Total carbohydrate 24 g
- Iron 11
- Folate 20
- Calcium 5
- Vitamin A 17
- Vitamin C 2