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Pumpkins come in a variety of sizes as well as an assorted number of colors. Dont just use them for decoration--all are good to eat, along with the winter squashes. Click on other pix to enlarge photos and read captions.
While we love pumpkins for fall decorating and Halloween, they are even better in the kitchen--so dont let them go to waste. Bring them indoors, peel them and cut them into chunks. Roast or steam them, make them into soup, or puree them and freeze them in 2-cup quantities.
Pumpkin scones with thyme and fresh or dried cranberries are a delicious seasonal treat.
Scones can be made in wedges or rounds; sprinkle the tops lightly with organic sugar, if desired.
Pats of unsalted butter can gild the lily, so to speak, or they are darn good just as they are.
Pumpkins come in a variety of sizes as well as an assorted number of colors. Dont just use them for decoration--all are good to eat, along with the winter squashes. Click on other pix to enlarge photos and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Pumpkins come in a variety of sizes as well as an assorted number of colors. Don't just use them for decoration--all are good to eat, along with the winter squashes. Click on other pix to enlarge photos and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

It's that time of year again--Happy Halloween! Don't toss the pumpkins and winter squash that you have been using to decorate your front stoop--bring them into the kitchen and use them in some seasonal recipes--here's a tasty treat for you to try: Pumpkin Scones with Thyme!

While we love pumpkins for fall decorating and Halloween, they are even better in the kitchen--so don't let them go to waste. Bring them indoors, peel them and cut them into chunks. Roast or steam them, make them into soup, or puree them and freeze them in 2-cup quantities.

I've written blogs on the curcurbit family before; if you click on this link you will find instructions for handling and preparing pumpkins and winter squash to use in recipes. http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7628/the-hardy-cucurbits-the-wonderful-world-of-winter-squash-and-pumpkin There are also two other tasty recipes for pumpkin--one for soup--and the other fro oven-roasted squash. These scones are a great seasonal recipe and delightfully different.

 
Pumpkin Thyme Scones

These scones are both sweet and savory, and need no adornment. They are best served warm with a pot of your favorite tea or a good, strong cup of joe. Optional ingredient is 1/2 cup fresh cranberries or 1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries, rough chopped. Also for a healthier version, I substitute half wholewheat flour for half of the unbleached flour.

Makes 8 to 12 scones

2 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup 2% milk or whole milk
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme     leaves, crumbled

Preheat oven to 400 F.  In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar and stir to blend.  Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is in pea-sized pieces.

Combine the milk with the pumpkin puree and thyme and blend well.  Stir the milk and pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients along with the cranberries if using them, until the dough starts to come together.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gather it together, and knead lightly.  Do not overwork the dough. 

Flatten or roll the dough into a round about 1-inch thick.  Cut the dough into 8 to 12 pie-shaped wedges.  Sprinkle them lightly with the remaining teaspoon of sugar.  Place the scones on a baking sheet and place in the center of a preheated oven.  Bake until the scones are golden on top; about 18 minutes.  Cool on a baking rack for a few minutes and serve warm.

The scones can be wrapped in foil and gently reheated at 300 F for about 10 minutes.


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Comments (24)

drakegriffin writes: Superbb..
Posted: 2:20 am on July 12th
JoyRicks writes: My Favourite Vegetable
Posted: 4:55 am on June 17th
JacintoMeritt writes: thanks for sharing
Posted: 1:20 am on June 16th
FrankScott2 writes: Pumpkin...
Posted: 12:09 am on May 30th
MarchandGary writes: I love Pumpkinss...Very deliciious
Posted: 12:33 am on May 26th
LodaPadilla writes: I love it
Posted: 12:43 am on May 25th
ronitroy writes: I love Pumpkin
Posted: 4:15 am on May 13th
ShilpaAtwaal writes: Yummmy !!!! Vegetable..
Posted: 1:07 am on May 10th
VarunDhavan writes: My favourite
Posted: 1:22 am on May 7th
TylerWint writes: Delicious dish
Posted: 12:54 am on November 30th
berniejharris writes: searching for more information about pumpkin.
Posted: 5:24 am on November 23rd
WillowMchenry writes: I don't like pumpkin
Posted: 11:49 pm on November 13th
NaomiFowler writes: I'm crazy about pumpkin
Posted: 12:34 am on October 26th
hardythomson writes: My goal now is about refining my skills and experience, trying new things, decreasing my dependence on store-bought produce
Posted: 2:02 am on October 21st
CarleenDial writes: Greattt Workkkk
Posted: 7:17 am on September 26th
tobymyles writes: very colorful pumkins
Posted: 1:49 am on March 27th
Mack007 writes: Pumpkins Used for multi cuisines
Posted: 4:49 am on March 17th
jamiekrover writes: There are also two other tasty recipes for pumpkin--one for soup--and the other fro oven-roasted squash,which I like the most
Posted: 6:49 am on March 12th
johnsonpaul writes: too good buddy
Posted: 1:07 am on March 11th
jamescolison writes: wonder how a big old boring fruit can make into some of the best and tastiest pies on earth
Posted: 5:53 am on March 4th
mathisken writes: very nice indeed
Posted: 8:04 am on February 26th
JosephHolmes writes: Great recipe!I'm mad for pumpkins! My easy recipe is for pumpkin in the oven together with milk and sugar - it's delicious!
Posted: 11:13 am on November 18th
Edith_brown writes: I bought pumpkin from the grocery today. Planning to make my favourite winter soup - pumpkin cream soup. I love mixing the pumpkin with leek. This is my secret :) I will try this recipe, too! Thanks
Posted: 4:39 am on November 17th
lawntofood writes: I just wrote about pumpkins today :) thanks for your recipes. http://lawntofood.com/2014/11/picket-fence/
Posted: 1:52 am on November 5th
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