Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Orange Icing
2 cups white flour (or you could throw in a little whole wheat if you're compulsive about that like I am sometimes, but I actually prefer all white here)
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon*
1/2 tsp ground ginger*
1/8 tsp nutmeg*
1/8 tsp cloves*
(*Or substitute equivalent amount of pumpkin pie spice or whatever spice combination you like for pumpkin things.... Side note, I'm realizing as I type this that I completely forgot to include these in my double batch of scones yesterday. Sigh. Maybe I can garnish the frosted scones with a sprinkle of cinnamon?)
7 TBSP cold butter or margarine, in pieces if using stick butter/margarine
3/4 cup pecans, chopped (but not minced, we want chunks here)
1 TBSP lemon juice or white vinegar
1/4 cup rice milk (or whatever non-milk you use)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp milk substitute
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp orange extract
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet with margarine.
Mix the dry ingredient (flour through spices) in a large bowl. Mix completely. Add margarine, wash your hands, then mix the margarine into the flour mixture by picking up flour and margarine together and rubbing between your fingers until it all resembles "course crumbs." Stir in pecans.
In another bowl (or a pyrex measuring cup), mix thoroughly lemon juice, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add this to flour and margarine mixture. Mix completely until flour mixture is completely moistened.
This recipe always ends up looking like batter until I add a lot more flour. Start with 1/4 cup or so (I want to say I may add up to as much as an entire cup more, but don't start with that) and keep adding until the batter is more of a dough and is something you can kneed a few times (less than 10).
Once the dough is dry enough (but not too dry), dump it out on the counter, kneed a few times, adding flour as necessary to keep it handle-able. Pat and press the dough into a 7- to 8-inch circle. Use a long, sharp knife to cut into 8 wedges. Use a thin spatula to transfer wedges to rows on a baking sheet. Keep an inch or two apart. (Mainly, don't put it back on the sheet in a circle or they will all bake together and won't look as pretty.)
Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. Remove when edges are golden brown and tops look done. (You can stick a knife or a toothpick in and see if it comes out "clean"—as in not covered in wet batter—if you are unsure.) Let cool on a wire rack.
To prepare the icing, measure sugar into a bowl (or pyrex measuring cup). Add pumpkin, milk, vanilla, and orange extract. It won't seem like enough liquid, but if you add more, the icing will run off and be more of a glaze. Mix thoroughly. Wait to frost the scones until they are pretty cool. Otherwise, icing will melt. Don't worry about getting the icing perfect—it will smooth out as it drys.
I know this recipe looks ridiculously complicated and long, but it really comes together fast. If you've made biscuits from scratch, you can do this. ;)
I began with this recipe for Mocha Chip Scones and