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Pumpkin Pie Scones with Candied Pecans

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Wanna know something really crazy I did? I vowed to not eat pumpkin anything before the first day of fall. And… I totally made it.

And then I made these: the perfect way to start the season.

I’ve had pumpkin on the brain for several weeks now. And when the pumpkin spice latte made its seasonal debut, it was so hard to resist. But I did it! (In fact, had my first PSL of the season just last week.)

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But these pumpkin-y scones? It was a little more difficult to wait to make these. This recipe idea has been hanging out in my head for a solid week. And I already had everything in my kitchen.

Ya know, a little pumpkin spice and everything nice. (I really need to stop with the fall puns before I get boo’d off the stage.)

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Now, if you’ve ever made my Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Scones with Oats and Almonds, you should know these are a bit different, and not just because they’re pumpkin-flavored. These scones are a lot gooier and not so doughy, so don’t expect the dough to roll in a ball as nicely as it did in the other recipe.

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But they are so worth the effort. At first, they taste like a regular ol’ scone. Then that pumpkin pie flavors hits and it’s like heaven in a pastry. And those candied pecans? They add just enough sweetness with a hint of fall.

Go ahead. Try them for yourself.

thumbnailPumpkin Pie Scones with Candied Pecans

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring cookie sheet
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed and chilled
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar

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What to do:

First, set out a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease it. You’ll use it for cooling the candied pecans.

Next, dust an ungreased cookie sheet with flour. (I lined my cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.) This is for your scones.

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Now, make your candied pecans. Put the sugar in a small saucepan, then dump the pecans on top. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure the sugar and pecans don’t burn. Heat until the sugar melts and turns a caramel color, then coat the pecans with the melted sugar. Don’t overcook; the pecans burn easily. Spread the candied pecans on the parchment paper or aluminum foil to cool.

(Note: I snagged the candied pecan portion of the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything — but not the wording, of course. Check out her full recipe for Candied Pecan, Apple, and Gorgonzola Salad.)

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While the pecans are cooling, begin mixing your dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of flour (save the other cup for later) with baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add butter cubes, using your fingers to rub the butter into the dry mix until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

In a separate bowl, combine milk and egg yolk. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the milk mixture into the well. Add pumpkin puree. Use your hands or a spatula to fold the mixture until it starts to come together. Using the leftover flour, sprinkle a handful of flour into the dough. Combine. Repeat until the dough is thick enough to roll into a ball. (I ended up using about 1 cup here.)

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Roll the dough into a ball. (It won’t be perfect. The stickiness of the dough will likely misshape it, and that’s okay.) Place the ball on the center of the floured cookie sheet. Flour your hands. Use the heel of your hand to gently press the dough into an approximately 8-inch-diameter disk. (Again, it’s okay if it isn’t perfect.)

Using a floured pizza cutter, cut the pressed dough into 8 pieces. Do not separate.

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Use a pastry brush or basting brush to brush the tops of the scones with egg whites. Do not dump the egg whites over the scones.

If the candied pecans are cooled, use a knife to chop them. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the scones. Gently press the pecans into the dough, just enough to ensure they will stay in place. Be sure to not press to hard.

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Bake for 15 minutes.Once the scones have finished baking, let them cool for 5-10 minutes before moving them to a room-temperature plate or cooling rack.

Enjoy!

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40 Recipes to Try This Fall

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It’s fall, y’all! (Yep, I’ve been holding onto that one for a while.) And since I forgot to post some sort of “hello, fall” something on Sunday, well, you get it now.

I know most people probably hear fall and think of pumpkins. And, I mean, I do too. But I also think of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, candy corn, hearty soups and stews, chili and, believe it or not, apples (often covered in some sort of nut and/or melted candy).

Obviously, it’s all about the food.

Speaking of food, I’ve rounded up 40 delicious-looking recipes that I think will be perfect for fall. Some of these I’ve tried and loved (looking at you, Pumpkin Chili). Some of them are still on my to-do list (hello, Halloween Puppy Chow). Either way, you’re sure to find something you’ll love this season.

  1. Pumpkin Pie French Toast
  2. Mexican Pumpkin Soup
  3. Halloween Puppy Chow
  4. Whole Wheat-Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
  5. Halloween Caramel Corn
  6. Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup
  7. Pumpkin Pie Fudge Brownie Bars
  8. Make-Ahead Stew with Fall Flavors
  9. Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet
  10. Butternut Squash and Kale Soup with Fresh Herbs and White Beans
  11. 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
  12. Easy One-Pot Butternut Squash Shells & Cheese
  13. Mini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping
  14. Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts
  15. Sweet Potato Cubes
  16. Naked Pumpkin Chili
  17. Candy Apples
  18. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
  19. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
  20. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cloud Frosting
  21. White Chocolate Candy Corn Popcorn
  22. Pumpkin Spice Buddies
  23. Clean Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  24. Pumpkin and Sweet Onion Quesadilla
  25. Salted Caramel Chocolate Skillet Brownie with Caramel Ice-Cream
  26. Pumpkin Breakfast Pies
  27. Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
  28. Gluten-Free Apple Cake Muffins
  29. Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
  30. Apple Cider Spice Bread
  31. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
  32. Butternut Squash and Kidney Bean Chili
  33. Sweet Potato Doughnuts
  34. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes
  35. Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Oktoberfest Beer Bread
  36. Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beertail
  37. Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole
  38. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake
  39. Crock Pot Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
  40. Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup

{infatuation friday}

10.19.2012

  1. InstaFonts. ($0.99) This app allows you to add fonts to your photos in several styles, sizes and colors. I’m still trying to decide if I want to buy it (would I really use it that often?), but it seems interesting enough. I’d love to hear thoughts from anyone who’s tried it. This app is available in iTunes (linked above).
  2. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. I got the idea for this while perusing Pinterest last week. There was an actual recipe for homemade Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, and I seriously considered trying to make it from scratch. Of course, one look at my Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit was enough to change my mind. I threw all the ingredients together, added a teensy bit of extra cinnamon and nutmeg, then mixed in a handful of chocolate chips. It was darn good, I tell ya. Should I have claimed it was homemade? Probably so.
  3. Pumpkin Tea. I tried this earlier in the week when I was visiting the bestie. She knows I usually don’t add any sweetener to my tea, so when it tasted sweet I obviously had to ask. Turns out, the tea is naturally that sweet (I guess because of the pumpkin?), and pretty delicious. If you like pumpkin, I definitely suggest this.
  4. PhotoMage. (Free) This is very similar to Instagram in that it adds filters to your photos. The differences are that it’s not a social app (so your photos don’t have to be posted to a website or profile) and you can add text (in a really small font though) to the bottom of the photo. My dislikes: the tiny text can’t be enlarged and the photo has to stay in the one spot at the bottom of the photo. But for a free, non-social app, it’s not bad. Available in iTunes (linked above).
  5. PolitiFact. ($1.99) I haven’t downloaded it (Nearly $2 for an app? I don’t think so.), so I don’t know exactly how it works. My best friend got it as the free app of the day and showed it to me (I gave her the stink-eye for not telling me about it while it was free). This app can help settle political debates between friends or can let you fact check televised debates. (Because, let’s be forreal here, how often do the candidates tell the whole truth?) I thought it was pretty awesome and really wanted to download it, but I just can’t make myself pay that much for an app. (In case you don’t remember, $0.99 was a big deal when I broke down and bought Bubble Frame.) This app is available in iTunes, Google Play and Playbook.
  6. Pic Stitch. (Free) This app lets you add photos to a collage frame, then make adjustments to the photo (like adding filters or stickers, adusting lighting and so on) and change the color/pattern of the frame.  So far, I like it. And it’s free! Available in iTunes (linked above) and on Facebook. (Admittedly, I got a little carried away with the stickers and text. I think Hilary will love me anyway.)
  7. PopBooth. (Free) It’s like a photo booth, but for your phone or tablet! Now, I know some phones and tablets come standard with a photo booth feature, but this is a little different (otherwise, I wouldn’t even bother). This app allows you to add filters to the photos and offers the option of purchasing a photo postcard for $1.99. My only problem with this app is that it no longer offers the traditional photo strip layout. The latest update forced all users to use the box layout. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll offer both options. Available in iTunes (linked above). You can also follow PopBooth activity on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
  8. Poolga. (Free) My step mom told me about this app, but I haven’t had a chance to download it yet. However, the creators of this app are pretty straightforward; it’s art for your iPhone/iPad. The featured artwork varies in style, so check it out and find something you like. Available only in iTunes. You can also follow Poolga on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
  9. Oatmeal Skillet Cookie. I made this for my supervisor for National Bosses’ Day. She and a coworker loved it. I was glad it turned out yummy, since I’d never made it before. A few tips in case you decide to try the recipe: the blogger says to heat the sugar mixture on med-high heat, but I suggest low-med heat (my sugar crystallized quickly on med-high heat). Also, you may need to bake the cookie for longer than the recipe states (my cookie stayed in the oven an extra 10-15 minutes). Finally, your cookie will probably not look as pretty as hers (unless maybe you’re a pro at skillet-cookie-baking), so don’t worry too much about appearances. Mine looked not-quite-done on the edges, but I realized it was fine before I burned the cookie. As long as your knife or toothpick comes out clean, you’re probably in the clear. (These tips come from a gal who used a cast-iron skillet, if that makes any difference.)
  10. Red Riding Hood. Josh and I watched this last night. I’d heard good things, but he hadn’t. I was disappointed. The acting was pretty awful, the writing was cheesy and it was super-predictable. After we watched it, we had to cleanse our brains with some stupid humor by watching Evolution (which I do suggest).

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