Last week was my sweet Seestors birthday. She had the day off. She said she was going to go shopping. I told her to get her rump over to my house, “you don’t need to shop! You need to bake.” She’s my baby sister, I like to boss her around. She said she really needed some new jeans. I said, “whatever, when your done being depressed from trying on jeans come bake with me”.
Did I ever tell you I’m eight years older than my sister? And that her name is really Carla, and that I prayed night and day when I was a little whipper snapper that the the good Lord would bring me a baby sister. My prayers were answered.
She mentioned that she wanted a Red Velvet Cake for her birthday. I am not a big fan of Red Velvet Cake. It’s usually dry, and I prefer things of a moist nature, over dry. I put a shout out on Twitter for a moist Red Velvet Cake. Rebecca at Ezra Pound Cake came to my rescue. She pointed me to this recipe that Smitten Kitchen had posted. It was pretty darn good. I would double up on the frosting next time and maybe take it out of the oven 5 minutes earlier….and Oh did I say we only used a third of the food coloring that it called for? I didn’t think my kidneys could handle all that artificialness. Ack! If you are a Red Velvet Cake lover I would definitely give this cake a two thumbs up. (With the recommended modifications, of course.)
While my sister was doing her thang with the Red Velvet, I decided I needed to make something too, just in case the cake was a bomb. Plus Big D had been whining about these scones I made and had her taste test. She said that she wanted to marry them. So I thought I’d better try to duplicate my first try, and take pictures this time. Well….I was able to duplicate, but the picture thing, kinda was hit or miss. I was too busy “yacking” with my Seestor, and kinda forgot some steps. But I trust that you will be able to figure it all out. Scones really easy.
If you live near a Trader Joe’s well then you are in luck because you can get yourself some of this stuff pretty darn easy and inexpensive too. I just so happen to live a mere 2 1/2 hours from the nearest. Not complaining just sayin’. You can find candied ginger in most grocery stores, if you are unable to find it, then no worries just leave it out. It will be fine….I promise.
Measure out a 1/2 cup and give it a rough chop. Ahhhhh the aroma, is heavenly. I heart ginger. I do realize you need to be careful not to overdo it in recipes, you don’t want your scones tasting like Pine-sol.
Cut cold butter into cubes like so and with a pastry cutter cut the butter into the dry ingredients. This is where my visiting with my Seestor got in the way of my photography. But like i said, I trust you can handle this step with out a visual.
In a smaller bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pumpkin, egg, and buttermilk. Whisk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Pour wet mixture into the well in the dry ingredients. Gently mix until just combined. Fold in pecans, cinnamon chips, and ginger. Yup, you guessed it, forgot yet another picture…..or two. Hey it was my sisters birthday I was trying to give her my undivided attention.
At this point you will need to line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and dust lightly with flour. Divide dough in two. Place each half on baking sheet. Brush with milk and sprinkle with raw sugar. Take a knife and cut dough into 6 wedges, like a pie. Pull sections gently apart, leaving a small space between wedges. Put baking sheets in freezer uncovered for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove dough from freezer and bake for 20-25 minutes. When scones are golden brown and a tooth pick comes out clean they are done.
These Scones have won over the hearts of non-Scone lovers far and wide. Heavens to Betsy these Babies are loaded with goodness! They are moist but not cakey. Perfectly loaded with just the right amount of flavor and spice and everything nice!
I heart Pumpkin! What’s your favorite Scone?
NOTE: Help me Rhonda! I have no clue as to why the last text in this post is underlined. It wanted to be blue too, but I was able to change the text color to black, but could not get rid of the lines. CWazy!