Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pumpkin Spice Scones / Mini Bites

Fall is in the air... I got this WONDERFUL recipe from "Pinch My Salt" blog. As I said it before, it is absolutely full of flavor and great consistency. Get your kitchen tools ready and let's start!


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 tspn. baking powder
1/2 tspn. salt
1/2 tspn. ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn. ground nutmeg
1/4 tspn. ground allspice
1/4 tspn. ground ginger (I substituted ginger for ground cloves)
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup heavy cream
6 T. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper (not required but makes cleanup easy!). Cut the butter into small pieces, put it in a small bowl and put it back in the refridgerator. In a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, salt, and all spices. Whisk together well. Place bowl in freezer (refrigerator is fine if you have no room in freezer).

2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together well. Put this bowl in freezer (or refrigerator) and take the other bowl back out. Get the butter pieces out of the fridge and dump them into the bowl with the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins if you are using them.

3. Get the liquid mixture out of the freezer and pour into the flour mixture all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just moistened. The dough will be very crumbly, this is the way it should be. Turn the mixture out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands. It should stick together fairly well. Knead it just a couple of times until everything is together. Don’t knead it too much or the dough will get too sticky.

4. Pat the dough out into a rough circle, 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

Cut it like a pie into 8 pieces.

Place pieces on the baking sheet so that they are not touching.

Bake scones for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. They should be light brown on the bottom, the tops will darken as they cool.

Cinnamon Icing:

1 Cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. Milk
1/2 tspn. ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients and adjust amounts to change consistency. Icing can be brushed on or drizzled.

(Since I have little people, we decided to make them like Mini Bites)

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