Spiced pumpkin scones

When most people think of typical Australian food they think of pavlovas, meat pies, lamingtons and damper. Back when I was growing up all of these foods were staples, but pumpkins scones were also extremely popular. Strangely, they seem to have dropped off the radar. Perhaps this is because when I was growing up Joh Bjelke-Petersen and his wife, Florence, were well known politicians, and everyone knew her famous pumpkin scones (I think this is a declaration that I’m officially old). So this recipe is a revival! A twist on the Aussie classic, which perfectly suits the Northern Hemisphere also, due to the abundance of pumpkins thanks to autumn and Halloween. Makes 9.

Prep: 20mins plus 10mins resting time

Cook: 13mins


  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (approx 1/2 a Hokkiado pumpkin, diced and boiled for 7-9mins.)
  • 2 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 220C (200C fan forced).
  • Add butter, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using a mixer on a low speed, mix until well combined.
  • Add the egg and then the pumpkin puree and mix well between each.
  • Add 2 cups of flour and the spices, sifted, to the mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine. Add the remaining flour, a 1/4 cup at a time until well combined. If the mixture is sticky, kneed until just smooth. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Place on a well floured surface. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to 2cm high.
  • Cut the dough with a floured cookie cutter and place on a baking tray lined with non stick paper. Kneed any off cuts, roll out and cut until majority of the dough is used.
  • Place in the oven on the centre rack and bake for 13 minutes.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with either jam and cream or butter. Enjoy!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never seem pumpkin scones until now, the colour is fab!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. frankstero says:

    If you had any of those going spare, I could help out ;o)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. missannik says:

      Not at this very minute unfortunately… but next time. 🙂


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