Pumpkin Scones with Pecan Cream Cheese Glaze!

It has been so long since I have blogged, and it makes me itch. Today, though, is Neighbors Night Out where there are different little parties all around the town to meet your neighbors. We are supposed to bring desserts, so I decided to make something delicious and fall themed. What could be more perfect than pumpkin scones? Nothing..

I based my recipe off of Vanilla Sugar’s but I made it whole wheat and added in a few things. I absolutely LOVED the result, as did my housemates. They are a little pissed that I’m bringing it to the neighbors.

A perfect ratio of sweet to savory.

Recipe: Makes 16 scones

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

8 tbsp cold butter, grated with cheese grater (store in freezer till ready to use)

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not the pie filling, just plain old pumpkin puree)

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

3 tbsp half and half

2 tbsp milk

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp cream cheese

1/4 cup crushed pecans

Directions (based off Vanilla Sugar’s)-

Grate your butter with the large holes of a cheese grater. Then back into the freezer until you’re ready to use them. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and all the spices, set aside.
In a medium bowl combine the pumpkin, sugar, cream and egg. Beat well until nice and combined.
Get out your butter from the freezer, and add that to the flour mixture. Mix with fork or pastry cutter until you have bread-like crumbs.
Then fold the wet ingredients, in 2 batches into the butter/flour mixture. Use a wooden spoon or spatula. Make sure to not overbeat and get all the dry crumbly bits at the bottom of the bowl.
Dust your work space and hands with generous amounts of flour and place half the dough down. Once you have a ball, gently press down and out, forming the dough into a flattened circle. Dough may crack when you press down, just pinch & repair as you go along.
Dust a large, sharp knife with flour and cut the dough into 8 triangles. Slide the knife under each triangle to help you lift and transfer it to one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat a second time with the other half of the dough.
Bake for 14 – 16 minutes, or until the scones begin to turn light brown in color. Mine were done at the 12 minute mark so check them at 10 or 12 minutes.
While scones are baking make the glaze by adding in the soft cream cheese to a small bowl and nuking for about 8 seconds. Mix with a fork.
Let scones cool a bit on a rack before glazing. Sprinkle with crushed pecans and cinnamon.

Benefits:

Whole wheat flour * The outer bran layer in whole grains is where the fiber, vitamins, and minerals are, which is why you should ditch the white.

Pumpkin * An impressive source of vitamins A and C and iron, manganese, and riboflavin! Also is high in fiber and low in saturated fat.

Cinnamon * The coolest thing about cinnamon is its ability to control blood sugar. Meaning, within reason, that if you use a fair amount of cinnamon in a dish that has sugar or another fast digesting carbohydrate, it will prevent the blood glucose spike that you would normally get. Why does blood sugar matter? Spikes in blood sugar are bad for your health because they cause your body to increase insulin production. Insulin, among many other things, tells your body to store fat. Therefore, eating a sugary/high-in-simple-carbohydrate meal = blood sugar spike = insulin spike = store fat.

Pecans * contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, protein and fiber! The fat in pecans is 90% monounsaturated and 70% monounsaturated (the good kind). Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Studies have shown that pecans can lower cholesterol and thus are heart healthy! They also have been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer and weight loss.

One of the things that I have been doing instead of blogging is designing my room! I have never decorated my room before, really. Its tough! I painted one of my walls midnight blue and I am very proud. I felt quite old. I’m nowhere near done yet decorating but I want to show you a couple pictures!

I love the white tree against the blue wall.


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24 responses to “Pumpkin Scones with Pecan Cream Cheese Glaze!

  1. Mmmm, I never thought that pumpkin scones would be savoury! And by the way: the blue wall looks amazing. Such a lovely shade of blue!

  2. I love your blue wall! Decorating isn’t easy for me but take it slow and add little things here and there. Your scones look perfect!

  3. Okay, DEFINITELY wish you were my neighbor! :)

  4. wish I was your neighbor right about now! Glad to hear your doing well. Love the room, gorgeous!

  5. teenagehealthfreak

    those scones and your room looks awesome! i’ve always been the type who HAS to rearrange furniture/accesories often! i like to change it up and decorate. i have stripes going in my room in an odd combination of colors..but i. love. it. pink, aqua, brown, olive green, and light green. (only one wall is striped up and down.) but that is such a sophisticated blue!

    • That is so cool! If you can, you should totally send me a picture of your wall!And I am flattered by your choice of the adjective sophisticated… I am going with a french theme for the room, kind of!

  6. those look great! I love scones.
    The peacock feathers are gorgeous! I love feathers!! On clothes, accessories, and as decorations!

  7. i love your blue wall! i don’t think i could bring myself to paint a wall so dramatically for myself. our furniture is dark too, so it’d have to be a light color. I just love how the white stands out on the blue! :)

  8. Your room is beautiful! Mmm…those pumpkin scones look so much better than the ones I made! I should try this ones!

  9. These look so fantastic, I want to bite right into them :) you always tempt me with your great looking baked goods – another recipe of yours I’m bookmarking!

    Have a lovely week

  10. I LOVE the room!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE decorating rooms. :) It’s fun.

    Those scones look freakin’ amazing- I bet your housemates were not happy about you sharing them. lol Wow. Delish!

    hey, how’s the new place and the new roommates?!?!

  11. i can bury my face in those. ridiculous!

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