Pumpkin and Ginger Scones
Just in case you didn’t get enough pumpkin pie flavor at the Thanksgiving table, here’s a nice breakfast pastry for the day after.
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup pumpkin purée, well drained, canned or made from 1/2 pound fresh
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Sift together the flours, salt, ginger, baking powder and baking soda. Place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
2. Add the butter to the food processor, and pulse several times until it is distributed throughout the flour. The mixture should have the consistency of coarse cornmeal.
3. Beat together the pumpkin purée, buttermilk and maple syrup in a small bowl, and scrape into the food processor. Add the ginger, and process just until the dough comes together.
4. Scrape onto a lightly floured surface, and gently shape into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into six squares, then cut the squares in half on the diagonal to form 12 triangular pieces. Place on the baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on a rack.
To roast the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place the pumpkin pieces on the baking sheet, drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive or canola oil on top, cover tightly with foil and place in the oven. Roast for 1 1/2 hours or until thoroughly tender. Remove from the heat, transfer to a strainer or a colander set over a bowl or in the sink, and allow to cool and drain. Peel the pieces, and purée in a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
Yield: 12 scones.
Advance preparation: These will keep for a couple of days well wrapped or in a cookie tin.
Nutritional information per serving: 143 calories; 4 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 10 milligrams cholesterol; 25 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 223 milligrams sodium; 3 grams protein