If you’re looking for a recipe for pumpkin scones the old fashioned way then look no further than this hands-on (no mixer required!) easy recipe.
This recipe is a classic from the Country Women’s Association.
Pumpkin scones the old fashioned way
Cravings are a funny thing aren’t they? I often wonder how your body can suddenly desperately need something you might not have thought of in ages.
My second pregnancy had quite a few of those moments.
When I was about 11 weeks with my second, I was getting ready to take lunch to a friend who had just had a baby.
I was going to eat lunch in literally 40 minutes but out of no-where came the thought that I just had to have a sausage roll.
I hadn’t been to a bakery and bought myself a sausage roll in as long as I could remember but I drove straight to our local, handed over my money, ran to the car and before I’d even started the ignition I was into it.
When I got out of the car at my friend’s house I had to dust off the crumbs to hide the evidence. I’m not kidding! Luckily there was no one around to witness it.
If you’re looking for a really simple scone recipe you might like lemonade scones.
Pregnant or not, scones are something I get cravings for every few months and they’re all I can think of until I get my fix. My boys love them too.
This recipe for good old-fashioned pumpkin scones comes from the CWA scone recipe book. Yes they have an entire book of scone recipes.
What I love about old recipes is that they’re not too specific.
There was no hand-holding 40 years ago and recipes just specified temperature with ‘in a hot oven’ and baking time with ‘until cooked.’
There were also no machines to help and everything was done by hand.
I guess they didn’t run the risk of being sued for someone burning themselves on said hot oven or setting the house on fire cooking them ‘until cooked.’
You might also like my Harvest Pumpkin Cake.
Usually I adapt recipes like this for the mixer but when I make these, I do it just as the recipes stated and get my hands dirty smooshing the butter and flour together.
The kids rather like making them too as you can imagine. I have to breath through the mess.
I swear the hands-on action made the scones taste better.
Must be the love and hard work (although my other scone recipes are pretty tasty too).
These are light and fluffy and oh-so-morish. In fact I think I hear the cravings starting up again in the back of my mind (no I’m not pregnant!).
Find the recipe for pumpkin scones the old fashioned way at the bottom of this post.
Now scone baking used to be something I was a little bit afraid of. There seemed to be so many things that could go wrong – scones that don’t rise, scones that are too crumbly and dry (I’d say solution to that is more cream!), scone dough that’s too sticky… oh so many issues for one simple scone.
I’ve put together a list of some of the problems you might come across when making scones so you can have perfect pumpkin scones the first time.
Why won’t my scones rise?
There’s really nothing worse (if you’re craving a good scone) than pulling them out of the oven to find you’ve bake a tray full of dense, pancake-like scones.
There are a few reasons this might have happened.
Reason #1 that your scones didn’t rise
The first reason is probably the most common – over-kneading. If you’ve made bread before, you’ll know that you knead the bread to activate the gluten and make everything really hold together and get super strong.
We don’t really want that with scones. For scones, we want them to be a little bit crumbly (but not dry) so the dough will probably still be a little bit wet. Just knead until it has all just come together and then you’re ready.
Reason #2 that your scones didn’t rise
You twisted the cutter. When you’re cutting your scones it’s really important to flour your cutter well and press it gently into the dough.
Twisting the cutter makes them rise unevenly and can result in them not rising as much as you’d like.
Reason #3 that your scones didn’t rise
You didn’t bake then all nice and close together. Once you’ve cut your scones, you need to put them on the tray so they’re just gently kissing each other (but not too close – see the video below).
Scones are really kind – they lift each other up as they rise so putting them nice and close together helps create a good rise.
Reason #4 that your scones didn’t rise
I’m sure there are a lot more reasons but this is the last one I’m going to cover – your self-raising flour might be off (or your baking powder if you’re using plain flour and baking powder).
A really easy way to check it (whether you’re using baking powder or SR flour) is to put a little bit in some water or better yet, white vinegar. If it fizzes then it’s ok, if not, best you get some new baking powder.
Watch the video below for a quick demo on how to cut the scones and line them up nice and close together.
Ignore the toddler wanting to play with his car in the middle of the dough.
A few other FAQs
Q What if I’ve run out of self-raising flour?
A You can make self-raising flour by adding one teaspoon of baking powder for every half a cup of plain flour. So for this recipe you’d need 2 cups of plain flour and 4 teaspoons of baking powder.
Q Does the butter really need to be cold?
A Yes it does. The reason butter needs to be cold for making scones is to make sure the butter stays solid until it’s in the oven. When it melts only at a high temp, it creates beautiful, flaky layers and pockets (it also helps them to rise).
Q Can you use margarine instead of butter?
A In theory yes, you could use margarine in place of butter. For flavour and texture, butter will give slightly better results. In terms of my personal opinion, margarine isn’t a real food. It contains a mixture of different oils and chemicals and in my opinion, is best avoided.
If you like pumpkin scones, how about trying my maple pumpkin pancakes?
What about you? Are you ok with recipes that say things like ‘in a hot oven’ or do you need specifics? If you have any other questions, please just ask in the comments. Happy baking!
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- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin
- 2 tbsp raw sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp full-fat milk
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (356F) fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Add the sugar and whisk it through then use your fingers to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Add the egg, milk and pumpkin and fold them through.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, flour your hands and pat it out to about 2-3cm thickness.
- Use a floured, round cookie cutter to cut out rounds and place them on the tray so they are just touching.
- Gently pat any excess dough together then let it rest a few minutes and pat out and cut out more circles.
- Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool or gobble them up straight away with jam and cream.
You might also like my Chocolate spiced pumpkin cake.