I love Charlie Brown specials on TV. I watch them whenever I can. One in particular that I love is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin seems to be known only to Linus who waits for him every year on Halloween. Linus and his blanket wait patiently in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Invariably he fails to show up and a humiliated but undefeated Linus vows to wait for him again the following Halloween.
A line made famous by the TV special is “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin” Well, I pretty much adhere to that rule, too, but seeing that Halloween has just passed, today is election day, and I baked pumpkin scones, I’m breaking the rule to share with you this recipe for awesome pumpkin scones. I imagine Linus would have loved to have one while he waited for the Great Pumpkin, but you don’t have to wait that long, only long enough to whip these up and have one while it’s still warm with a cup of coffee or tea.
Yield: 10 -11 drop scones
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour ( or use half white flour, and half whole wheat)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
- 6 Tbsp. chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup fat-free half and half ( plus extra for brushing the tops of the scones, if desired.)
- In place of the half and half you can use 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk, plus add 1/2 tsp. baking soda to the dry ingredients.
Optional Spice Glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp. water
1. Preheat oven to 400*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice, and pulse to blend briefly.
Add the orange zest and better and pulse on and off. until the mixture has the consistency of fine meal.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in the pumpkin and half and half, mixing just until combined.
3. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet, using 1/4 cup measure or large spoon, to divide evenly. This should make about 10 scones. (I got 11.) Space them about 1 inch apart.
Brush the tops with a tablespoon or two of fat-free half and half.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
4. For the glaze: Add powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice and water to a small ;bowl. Whisk together well. Drizzle over scones and serve warm or cold.
SOURCE: old recipe from the Hartford Courant