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Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze

This easy recipe for made from scratch spiced Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze yields light, tender and buttery scones.

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Plate of Pumpkin Scones on tray served with a cup of coffee.

These pumpkin scones are spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves and sweetened with brown sugar. An espresso glaze that complements the spices and pumpkin perfectly can be used to drizzle on the scones.

Dish of Pumpkin Scones.

The flavour of the glaze is pretty strong so in order to avoid having it overpower the pumpkin flavour and to keep the scones from being overly sweet, I chose to just drizzle the glaze over the scones instead of icing the entire scone. You can also omit the glaze if you prefer them plain.

Plate of pumpkin scones served with a cup of coffee.

How to Make

A few things to remember while making them is that you should use very cold butter, add the liquid a little at a time (because you might not need it all), and don't over-mix the dough or you will have tough scones.

Made without eggs, this pumpkin scone recipe is perfect for those with an egg allergy or if you find yourself without eggs at home.

These pumpkin scones are easily made in the food processor but you can mix them by hand as well.

Ingredients Overview:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves
  • Baking powder and soda
  • Salt
  • Cold unsalted butter
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Brown sugar 
  • Buttermilk

You will notice there are no eggs in this recipe so it's perfect for those with egg allergies.

Steps Overview:

  1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients in the bowl of your food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  4. Add the pieces of butter to the food processor, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin purée, brown sugar and buttermilk.
  6. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl of the food processor and pulse until the dough comes together.
  7. Lightly flour your countertop. Transfer the dough onto your countertop and knead a few times until the dough is smooth.
  8. Shape the dough into a rectangle that is approximately 3/4 inch thick. Cut the rectangle into six squares. Then cut each square diagonally to form two triangles. You should have a total of 12 scones.
  9. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until scones are lightly browned on the bottom. Let scones cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a rack.

Espresso Glaze

The espresso glaze can be quickly prepared while the scones are baking. When the scones are ready, let them cool for a few minutes and then drizzle them with a bit of the glaze. If you prefer a more mild coffee taste, use less espresso in the glaze recipe.

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • Instant espresso
  • Hot water
  • Heavy cream, half and half, or milk
  • Icing sugar powdered

Make the espresso glaze by combining the ingredients together and whisking until smooth.

Plate of Pumpkin scones.

How to Serve

Scones taste best freshly baked and while still slightly warm so make sure to enjoy them before the scones have completely cooled. Serve pumpkin scones with a cup of coffee or tea.

Leftover scones can be re-warmed in a low temperature oven for that freshly baked taste.

How to Store

Store leftover pumpkin scones on the counter for up to two days at room temperature. Scones can also be frozen up to three months. Place un-glazed scones in an airtight container with wax paper between layers. Thaw scones overnight in the refrigerator. Re-warm them in a low oven before serving.

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Plate of Pumpkin Scones on tray served with a cup of coffee.

Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze

Adapted from the New York Times Cooking, Martha Rose Shulman
This easy recipe for made from scratch spiced Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze yields delicious, light, tender and buttery scones.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert/ snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 scones
Calories 204 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Pumpkin Scones:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 to 1/3 cup, see notes

Ingredients for Espresso Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon very hot water
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream half and half, or milk
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar powdered

Instructions
 

For the Scones:

  • Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Pour the dry ingredients in the bowl of your food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  • Add the pieces of butter to the food processor, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal (crumbly with little pieces of butter in it).
  • In a small bowl, beat together the pumpkin purée, brown sugar and buttermilk.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl of the food processor and pulse until the dough comes together.
  • Lightly flour your countertop. Dump the dough onto your countertop and knead a few times until the dough is smooth.
  • Shape the dough into a rectangle that is approximately 3/4 inch thick. Cut the rectangle into six squares. Cut each square diagonally to form two triangles. You should have a total of 12 triangles.
  • Place on the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until scones are lightly browned on the bottom.
  • Let cool on the pan for a few minutes.

Instructions for the Espresso Glaze:

  • Dissolve one tablespoon of instant espresso into one tablespoon of very hot water. If espresso doesn't dissolve completely place mixture in microwave and microwave on high for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Add cream, half and half or milk and mix to combine.
  • Add icing sugar and whisk until you have a smooth consistency. Add more cream or milk for a thinner consistency.
  • Drizzle glaze onto scones while still slightly warm.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

1. No need to go out of your way to buy buttermilk, you can easily use milk instead, just add 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1/2 a cup of milk. Let stand for 10 min. and then use as directed in the recipe.
2. The recipe for the glaze makes enough to drizzle on the scones and not to cover the entire surface of the scone.
3. Although best to consume scones right away, they keep well at room temperature for 2 days. You can also freeze leftover scones (best to freeze them as quickly as possible after having baked them to preserve their freshness). Thaw and warm up before serving.
4. This recipe is made without eggs so it's perfect for those with egg allergies.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1850IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword Autumn, Breakfast, Pumpkin, Scones
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Elizabeth

Tuesday 10th of October 2017

Scones are one of my favourite treats. I had to try these and am so glad I did. They turned out great! (I didn't have any milk so I substituted greek yogurt.) Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll be making these again.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

I'm so glad you liked these scones Elizabeth! Good to know that yogurt makes a good substitute for milk in this recipe!

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milkandbun

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Scones look beautiful and very tasty on the pics! I guess they were tasty in reality too :D

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Hi, yes they were delicious. Thanks!

nicole (thespicetrain.com)

Monday 2nd of November 2015

These scones sound wonderful, I love the combination of flavors!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Thanks so much Nicole, I'm so happy you stopped by my blog!

HapaNomNom

Sunday 1st of November 2015

Scones make for such a wonderful breakfast and these pumpkin scones make for an extra special treat! These sound absolutely wonderful and I just love that espresso glaze!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Thanks Kathleen! I agree, scones are delicious for breakfast, they go so well with a hot cup of coffee :)

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