We live in the Northwest, so days in the fall without rain are precious and appreciated. As of today, we have had 10 straight days without rain, I am loving it! (I know I just jinxed it) I do realize that the rain is why it is so green and gorgeous here, but some days it feels a little dreary. I am sitting in my kitchen right now, looking out at a fairly bright (rain free) fall afternoon with trees dressed in their beautiful fall colors, and there are pumpkin chocolate chip scones in the oven! All is right here in my little part of the world. ;o)
2¾ cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
2 large eggs
In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Cut in butter just until mixture is crumbly; it’s OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. In another bowl, whisk together pumpkin and eggs till smooth. Add pumpkin/egg to dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
Line a baking sheet with silpat; if you don’t have silpat, just use it without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop silpat or pan. Turn out dough onto pan, and divide it in half. Round each half into a 5″-6″ circle. The circles should be about 3/4″-1″ thick. Brush each circle with milk, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar, if desired. Slice each circle into 6 wedges. Carefully pull wedges away from center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2″ space between them. For best texture and highest rise, place pan of scones in freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While scones are chilling, preheat oven to 425°.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center of one comes out clean, with no wet crumbs. If you pull one of the scones away from others, edges should look baked through, not wet or doughy. Serve warm. Wrap any leftovers airtight, and store at room temperature. Reheat very briefly in microwave, if desired. Makes 12 scones. Recipe from kingarthurflour.com.
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