Since it's the season to showcase pumpkins and all things autumnal, I thought I would show off some of my beautiful golden apple squashes.
A couple of years ago when I used to get the train into work, I remember walking past a popular coffee outlet and seeing some pumpkin scones being advertised on the blackboard in the High Street. I never got round to trying them, but remember thinking that they sounded quite appealing. So what did I decide to do with the remainder of the pureed squash left over from the pancakes early in the week, well make some squash scones of course.
These scones are pretty much based on the recipe from the coffee shop, but with a few subtle changes. Making these squash scones also gave me the chance to use my pumpkin biscuit (cookie) cutter. I am so pleased with them. They are gently spiced and look quite impressive.
I am submitting this recipe to Grow your own (GYO) #37. GYO is usually a twice a month blogging event which was started by Andrea Meyer of Andrea's Recipes. I think this is a lovely food blogger event as it also supports the principle behind my blog that celebrates the fruit, vegetables and herbs we grow and the dishes we make using our homegrown produce. This is the last GYO of the year as it will go on winter hiatus, so understandably it is being hosted by Andrea.
Autumnal Squash Scones
Makes 8 – 10 scones
250g plain flour
75g dark brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground clove
Generous grating of nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
75g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
75g cooked and pureed squash or pumpkin
Mix together flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and cut into flour. Mixture should look like coarse breadcrumbs. In another bowl mix together the pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Add most of the wet mixture (you may not need all of it as it depends on the consistency of your squash) to flour and mix until the dough comes together.Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Then shape dough into a circle and roll out to about 1 ½ inches thick. Cut out shapes, re-roll the dough and cut out more shapes, until all of the dough has been used. Lay scones on a baking sheet that has been sprinkled lightly with plain flour. Bake in oven gas mark 5 for 25 minutes.
These scones are best eaten warm. I think these scones are delicious as is, but you can serve them with some whipped cream if you wish.