The smell when they're baking and the sensations when you're cutting through freshly baked, still warm scone. Your knife is going through a little thicker, only ever so slightly crisp crust and then very soft, crumbly inside. I immediately put a thin slice of butter for it to melt. Hot, strong coffee with it and perfect breakfast sorted!
Below recipe comes from a great blog Joy The Baker. I really enjoy reading her posts and drooling all over the photos! The original recipe calls for different topping of the scones, but I've stick to my favorite - icing sugar dissolved with tiny bit of water and poured over. Wait till it sets and you're ready to enjoy! :)
How to make it...
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup buttermilk, cold
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 200 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all of the spices. Add the cold butter to the dry ingredients and toss to coat. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, break the butter down into the dry ingredients. Work quickly so that the butter remains cold. Some of the butter will be the size of oat flakes, others will be the size of small peas.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir together until almost thoroughly combined.
Add pecans and stir until no dry flour bits remain. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop scones dough by the 1/2-cupful onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave about 2-inches of space between each scone. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until browned slightly with dry tops. You can insert a toothpick into the center of a scone to test for doneness.
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