Monday, September 17, 2012

Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Orange Butter

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I hate to see summer end. The Emerald Valley goes brown once the grass and hay are baled and that's a sure sign that fall rains can't be far away. Commitments have started to fill my calendar and I've already pulled the recipes I'll need for the meetings and get-togethers that come with the change of seasons. I've just finished baking a triple batch of pumpkin scones and I like them well-enough to share with you. They are very easy to make and the ingredients used to make them speak to fall. The scones are mildly spiced, but there is no mistaking their ties to Halloween and Thanksgiving. I use a small quantity of masa in this recipe. Masa is an instant corn flour that is used in Mexican cooking. I keep it on hand because I think it improves the texture of biscuits and some quick breads and muffins. I've also added orange zest to the scones and the whipped butter that I serve with them. The flavors of pumpkin and orange really compliment each other and I use the combination whenever I can. I like to serve these warm with whipped butter that is at room temperature. I'll reheat these tomorrow morning, and because I know they'll disappear in the blink of an eye, I've held one back for myself. I think of it as private stock. The scones are fast, easy, inexpensive and seasonal. I really hope you'll give them a try.  Here's how they are made.

Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Orange Butter...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Orange Butter
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup masa harina (instant corn masa flour)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/3 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, optional


1) To make orange butter: Combine butter, confectioners' sugar, orange juice and zest in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well-blended and fluffy. Refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: 1/2 cup orange butter.
2) To make scones: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or spray a baking sheet large enough to hold scones. Combine flour, masa, brown sugar, baking powder, pie spice, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a separate smaller bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, orange zest and milk and whisk until blended. Add liquid ingredients to crumb mixture and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans, if using. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 10 times. Pat into an 8-inch circle. Cut into eight wedges and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with whipped orange butter. Yield: 8 scones.

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Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hey Mary,

You hate to see summer end? Come to Malaysia!
Those scones do look delightful!

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

Interesting recipe! Looks delicious!

Fabi said...

Too bad! How come you hate to see the summer end? I love it because I'm totally a Fall person :-) These scone are sensational and the butter looks so yummy, I absolutely have to give it a try! Blessings, Mary.

auchwas said...

So great your Baking ich love this Blog and this Scones, they looks yummy and delicious..following you.. Love Ingrid

Lynn said...

They turned out beautiful Mary! No doubt a treat with a nice strong cup of coffee too-enjoy:@)

Sandra said...

Mmmmm!It sounds heavenly! I'll try this scones!
Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!
Love from Spain

SImple and Serene Living said...

Mary, I can almost smell these they look and sound so good. Scones are one of my favorites and these are really making my wish I wasn't on a gluten free diet. I know, I will pin them so someone else can enjoy them.


Priya Suresh said...

Wish i get some scones rite now.

Kim said...

I never tried masa except for tortillas, but now that you are talking about it, it makes a lot of sense in my head! Love these scones and the butter you serve these with!

From the Kitchen said...

My grocery list is reflecting the changing of seasons. Spices to be freshened, pumpkin and winter squashes to have on hand, etc. These scones look and sound delicious! First, one more fresh tomato toast for breakfast!!


Unknown said...

Although it's hard to believe that summer is over already.. I love that you rolled fall in with these wonderful scones! Perfect (and oh so delicious) for this time of year!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Although I love summers log days and lazy nights I am an autumn girl through and through. This reminds me of the days when my daughter was young and visiting the pumpkin patch.

What's Baking?? said...

I welcome scones any day of the year..these looks wonderful,Mary..thanks for the recipe..worth giving this a try. Take care.

Ana Regalado said...

Anything left from your private stock ?! lol I can't blame you as these scones sure look delicious especially with that whipped orange butter :)

Jane said...

I love fall, and both the scones and the orange butter sound so fallish! Would be perfect with a cup of coffee :) Have a great day!

Tricia Buice said...

Such a social butterfly! You can come and meet with me and bring these with you. The orange butter sounds fantastic too! Love pumpkin season.

June said...

Fabulous idea to add the masa! I can't wait to try your recipe - pumpkin really is FALL isn't it?

Unknown said...

What an amazing combo! Thanks for sharing! I am having a FREE TEA GIVEAWAY on my blog if you are interested. :)


Barbara F. said...

These sound delicious, Mary, I am going to make these. I love pumpkin in anything! xo

Alicia Foodycat said...

I find it so funny that all across my blog list, people have started autumn baking! It's this irresistible urge. These scones are also an irresistible urge!

teresa said...

oh these look like heaven! i'd love to wake up to these beauties!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Absolutely stunning scones to get you in autumn's mood :D

Choc Chip Uru

laurie said...

This looks wonderful for fall!

Unknown said...

I love your wonderful recipe. I'm going to bookmark this blog. I'll try these recipes here. Thanks!

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tender b. said...

The only good thing about summer ending is the pumpkin desserts. Like the idea of pairing pumpkin scones with orange butter.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

These sound amazing and I love your idea of private stock! can't wait to
taste the orange butter with the pumpkin. Definitely before the weekend! Thanks Mary!

David said...

Mary, I've never had pumpkin scones...never even concieved of such a scone. However, they look and sound great! Thanks for the recipe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious looking scones and the butter looks super yummy...In love with them...

Salsa Verde said...

Delicious recipe dear Mary and the orange butter might be so moreish and divine!

JG said...

These Pumpkin Scones will be delicious on a crisp fall morning!

AJ said...

They look yumm and with orange butter too!!

Cindy said...

I'm ready for all things pumpkin. The orange butter looks like the perfect addition.

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