Holiday Scones

Oh no. More pumpkin? Sorry, but I just couldn't resist this recipe. And if you like pumpkin, you won't be able to either.
My daughter-in-law gave me a wonderful cookbook for my birthday a couple weeks ago.

 It's a delight and what's really a coincidence is my daughter took one look at it and exclaimed "I go there all the time....they're fabulous!"

And they have a chapter on scones. I love scones. Any time, any place. For breakfast, for tea, for a snack. Lashed with butter and perhaps honey or homemade jam. But these scones are wonderful all by themselves. Not too sweet. Melt in your mouth delicious. They are indeed seasonal, but there were some other scone recipes in this cookbook that I can't wait to try. At any rate, I am going to freeze these for when the kids are here over the holidays. It's very difficult to sit typing when they are in the kitchen still warm and the house smells divine. But I am going to resist taste-testing more than one!

Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Fresh Cranberries

From Once Upon a Tart by Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau


4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ cup sugar
½ pound plus 6 tablespoons (2 ¾ sticks)cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
2 large eggs
¾ cup cold buttermilk
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
½ cup golden raisins


Preheat oven to 400°, place rack in the center and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Dump all the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to mix. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Do not overmix. Dump the crumbs into a large bowl.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the buttermilk, purée and vanilla. Whisk in the cranberries, walnuts and raisins.
Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon just until the mixture comes together. Then stop. Do not overwork the mixture.
Using a ½ cup measuring cup (or a large ice cream scoop like I did) and place the dough on the parchment paper about 2 inches between scones.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly and then cool completely on a baking rack. Makes 12 scones.


  1. Wow, your daughter is so lucky. I know where that place is (generally speaking) and its a fab location. Last year i went to NY for the first time, and its an absolute foodie paradise. Hoping to go this summer. I've seen pics off this place on flickr.com and it looks charming. I think you need to visit your daughter!!!
    As for the scones, they look delish. I love a good scone too! I think its so cool that u made them the english way (round) rather than triangle. I dont know why, but that triangle shape annoys me LOL (good thing i dont have any real problems, right). In england they are always round. Good on you daaaaahling!

  2. Yummy, can never have too many pumpkin recipes!!!
    I will have to add that book to my list.
    I just love reading cook books, it probably sounds silly but they are like novels to me!
    Thanks for entering the giveaway, good luck hon!!!!
    Margaret B

  3. Scones- You hardly ever hear the word around here..Looking good!

  4. YUm... I think I should thank your daughter in law for giving you such wonderful cookbook. They look so scrumptious!

  5. Hi Barbara,

    What a wonderful gift from your daughter and the scones look and sound divine! I've never made scones before and I'd love to give it a try!

    Love and hugs,

  6. I might have to make these this weekend. They sound just right for the season and I am always looking for new scone recipes. Thanks!

  7. I'm with you on the scones. My kids beg for them. These look perfect and I still have pumpkin and cranberries. No excuse not to make them.

  8. I love scones, and anything pumpkin is good in my book! Plus, new recipes are so fun! They look great :)

  9. HH: I guess you love NYC! So does my daughter. I like round scones better too.

    Margaret: Once in a while I make something pumpkin when it ISN'T the season! (Hard to find canned pumpkin then so buy some now and stash it.)

    BD: These are really a snap to make-are you going to try them?

    Kristy: I did, I did.

    Karyn: These are super simple to make and no fail.

    Hungry: Nice to hear so many of you love scones like we do!

    Mimi: They aren't very sweet but the raisins tip the scales.

    Megan: Thanks!

  10. Those look so pretty and festive!

  11. Oh yum! Three of my favorites - crannies, pumpkin and scones!

  12. I'm always glad for another pumpkin recipe! These are gorgeous. Right now we're getting some blizzard-like conditions so I'll be stuck at home for God only knows how long. If I have pumpkin in my cupboard, I'm making these scones. ;)

  13. Duck: And delicious too!

    Channon: Mine too.

    Faith: My sister is under siege too! Can't say I miss the snow when I hear about weather like this!

  14. Those would make awesome holiday gifts!

  15. Fabulous scones! So apealing!



  16. Once upon a tart - I love it!
    Great looking scones, they would be perfect for Christmas morning.

  17. TKW: Absolutely they would.

    Rosa: Thanks!

    Natashya: Great name, isn't it? And of course they specialize in tarts.

  18. That cookbook is SO going on my wishlist.

    Scones make me think of high tea, which makes me think of London, which makes me blissfully happy.


  19. That is a coincidence. It looks like a nice book, and how can you go wrong with scones? they're just great!

  20. yum! I still have to try making scones but this looks like a recipe I might have to start with! :)

  21. Barbara your scones look really fantastic, I love scones ever and ever, xx gloria

  22. this looks like such a delicious combo, i love it! can't have too much pumpkin!

  23. Phoenix: You're right- it's a super cookbook.

    Anita: I know, how odd is that? My daughter never took ME there when I visited her!

    Simply: Trust me, these are easy to make.

    Gloria: Me too. I'd have one with every meal if I had the chance!

    Teresa: Agreed!

  24. I can't believe I've never made (or eaten) scones. How can that be?

  25. Hi Barbara,

    What a lovely book and how neat that your daughters goes there to dine.
    Makes it even more special.
    The scone recipe looks delicious and anything with pumpkin and cranberry would be yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy weekend

  26. oh wow great scones I wouldn't be able to resist either!

  27. What a great sounding book! And those scones look really inviting. Can't say I've used pumpkin much in baking, not even scones, but I love how bright and colourful they look - might just have to start :)

  28. Ok, I do love pumpkin, and these look delish!! Wow, what a fun recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    And looks like a great book too. I love finding fun little places like that shop. Enjoy your scones!


  29. My husband just bought me this cookbook. Can't wait to make anything from it. The scones turned out looking delicious.

  30. Oh, WOW! Never heard of pumpkins scones before, but these are an absolute must to try. Oh, Barbara, your blog is absolutely dangerous for me. You have me salivating, and my tummy's rumbling. Hahaha!

  31. Mmm... those scones are looking awesome and so wonderful with cranberries!

  32. Lovely scones. So festive with the use of pumpkin and cranberries :)

  33. Pam: By another name they are called biscuits!

    Carolyn: Wasn't that a strange coincidence? She didn't even know they had a cookbook out.

    Rebecca: Had to make them, but I only ate one!

    Shaz: Nothing but pies until a few years ago, then I did muffins and breads. Now I have graduated to scones.

    Shaz: I know. Didn't they turn out well? I love all the cranberries sticking out here and there.

    Mommy: It's a great book; I loved reading it. The savory tart section gave me lots of ideas.

    Helene: What fun! Did you love reading it as much as I did?

    Bella: Thanks so much! I love cooking so a comment like yours is so flattering!

    Natasha: It was a surprise that they weren't sweeter, but most scones aren't.

    Ellie: Thanks!

  34. Barbara, these scones are incredible. I love a good scone and this recipe is definitely going into my collection. Many thanks...

  35. These look wonderful. I love pumpkin scones. I live in new York, how did I not know about this cookbook? I will certainly add it to my Christmas List! Pam

  36. George: Scones are a favorite we me too, as you could tell.

    Pam: My daughter was familiar with the little shop, but did not know they had a cookbook. I knew about the cookbook, did not know about the shop. Funny. (I gave my daughter-in-law a hint about this book when she asked what I would like for my b-day!)

  37. They do sound delicious - I've never tried pumpkin scones before - I never even knew you could use pumpkins for scones - what a terrific idea!

  38. Can I please have a bite now? My New York apartment is so cold. Maybe I'll just go and pick one up from the actual bakery.

  39. These look so good, I may just have to try to bake them. Baking is not really my thing. I don't like to measure. I'm more of a throw it in and see what happens kind of cook. Something good "usually" happens. :-)

  40. Oh I love scones, too. Aren't they the best? I made some cranberry scones a couple weeks ago and they were yummy. Have you ever had chocolate chip scones? Also delicious :)

  41. Trissa: I'm beginning to think you can use pumpkin in lots of recipes. Too bad it's so hard to find out of season.

    Devon: Lucky you! You may run into my daughter.

    SMB: The basics ingredients in baking are the onee thing I really try to measure out. I hope something good happens when you try these! ;)

    Lynn: Never have had chocolate chip scones- sounds good. I really liked the basic scone dough they used so will look in their book to see what else they had...imagine there is chocolate in there someplace.

  42. That sounds like a wonderful cookbook and I wish I could try one of those scones with my afternoon tea! They have some of my favorite ingredients :)

  43. Happy late birthday and what a lovely gift! I share your passion for scones, although I lack the willpower to resist tasting frshly baked ones. I'd never heard of the flavour combination before but it sounds so wonderful and I'm sure they're amazing. Can't wait for more scone recipes!

  44. Barbara, these look and sound delicious! I should give them a try over the weekend. I live so close to Manhattan, hopefully I can get in there sometime soon. I didn't know there was a cookbook, are there a lot of good recipes in it???
    Have a Merry Weekend

  45. Thank you for visiting me...your blog is lovely. I must say I love pumpkin too and these scones look amazing. I will save the recipe and bake them after Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend enjoying this lovely Season we are in.

  46. Ohmigoodness! I love scones, so this recipe is right up my alley!

  47. Susan: It's a super cookbook. I can't wait to try more recipes in it.

    Vanessa: I couldn't stand it, I ate another. (she said shamefully)

    Bunny: Even soup recipes. They look wonderful.

    Koralee and Dionne: Sounds as though everyone loves scones!

    Dishes: They are!

  48. Once Upon a Tart is one of my favorite cookbooks. I've never had a bad experience with any of their recipes. One of my favorites is the Celery and Leek tart, and I also like their roasted red pepper soup.
    I've always wanted to visit their store in NYC.

  49. These babies are seasonal only if you haven't stored 6 bags of fresh cranberries in your freezer. Just so that you can eat these in May. There is no such thing as too much pumpkin in my life. I love this recipe and am definitely going to have to check out that Once Upon A Tart bakery!

  50. Tiffany: You can be sure when I next visit my daughter this will be one of the first stops!

    Joanne: I froze some last year but they got really soggy when I thawed them. I used them to make cranberry sauce.

  51. My English mum would be so proud if I made these! They look delish.

  52. got to love scones.
    esp during this season.
    they give out with christmasy vibe!
    heh. looking good :)

  53. Barbara, I adore you for sharing. It's a bit diff. to check in this month as often as I would like but I thank you for bringing such beautiful recipes. The cookbook looks charming and coming from "scone country" I am very pleased.

  54. I could almost eat scones for breakfast and snacks everyday. Love the flavour combination here!

  55. Pumpkins and cranberries are two of my favorite things!!!

  56. Figtree: Try them! (But I know your mom is proud of you anyway!)

    Muffins: I like all scones, but these are perfect for the season.

    Clarity: I know it's difficult this time of year to take time to blog...it's my way of relaxing!

    Julia: Me too! Every meal, even.

    Duck: Wonder if these would sweeten Norman?



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