Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pumpkin Scones: celebrating International Scone Week 2022 #ISW2022

It's International Scone Week 2022, where bloggers from all around the world unite to bake scones and share recipes through their blog posts. I've decided to bake some delicious and golden Pumpkin Scones for this event.

Thanks to Tandy from Lavender and Lime who is hosting #ISW2022 on her food blog. This is a wonderful reason to get stuck into some serious baking, and it's given me the incentive to bake some Pumpkin Scones, 3 dozen of them in fact, yes it's been a baking frenzy here, and Mr. HRK is loving it. They also freeze very well. Once you are organised, these scones are super fast to make and bake. This morning as one batch was baking, I made a second batch, and they were ready to place in the oven just as the first batch was cooked. 

2nd batch

I've chosen to make an iconic Queensland recipe, Pumpkin scones. I'm calling it a Queensland institution rather than an Australian one as Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen is best known for her Pumpkin Scone recipe. Even though she was the wife of a former Queensland Premier, Sir Joe, and they were prominent and quite controversial political figures, her scones are her true legacy.  Regardless of any particular political persuasion, most women and men who bake scones often, know of her recipe, and here it is. I've been meaning to make these scones for years. 

Before you start baking pumpkin scones, don your apron, and organise your ingredients, because my friends it can be somewhat of a fun flour fest in the kitchen during scone baking, particularly pumpkin scones because it is a moister dough. Flour needs to be spread over your kitchen bench or baking sheet, your baking tray needs to be spread with flour, and your hands need to be dusted with flour to make handling the scone dough easier. I even dipped my scone cutter in flour each time. Unlike some other scone mixtures, this one can be a little sticky, but still very manageable. I used a Jap pumpkin (Kent variety) for my scones. We bought a very large one which cost $11.00, from the farmer's truck on the weekend,  but after three batches of scones, I am getting my money's worth out of this richly coloured, and flavoursome pumpkin. It's a beauty. Some people swear by using a Queensland Blue variety, but the Kent is much more available here where I live and we love to eat it baked, mashed, and in a variety of ways really.

Before I started these scones I did some food research, as I always do, and compared different pumpkin scone making methods, including talking to a couple of friends, and I am confident that this recipe is the best I have found. The main thing is to ensure a minimum of liquid with your steamed pumpkin, and place it in a colander while it is cooling to allow all the liquid to drain. Iconic Australian cook, Stephanie Alexander suggests steaming the pumpkin until soft, then drying it off in the oven and then pureeing it. I haven't actually dried it in the oven, and I'm not using her recipe, even though it's very similar, however that tip is worth a try.

Before starting your scones, Lady Flo's words can guide you through the process:

"the most important piece of advice I always give to people attempting to make scones is that you must treat them with tender loving care. Don't knead them, instead press them lightly with your fingertips. This helps your scones to turn out nice and light." 


Turn on your oven to 240 deg. C. scones need a very hot oven.

Serves 10

1 cup mashed pumpkin (cold)

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 beaten egg

2 cups self-raising flour


Beat together the butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. This won't be creamy.

Add the beaten egg, then the pumpkin and mix in.

Stir in the flour by hand until just mixed.

Turn the dough onto a very well floured bench, and pat gently with floured hands into a square shape, which is 3 cm thick. This square will measure about 15 cm by 15 cm., or even 16 cm.

Cut into rounds with your scone cutter. Scone cutters can vary from 5 cm to 7 cm, mine is 6 cm.

Place scones individually on a well floured tray.

Place the tray on the top shelf of a very hot oven (240 deg C - 250 deg C.) for 15-20 minutes

Remove from the oven, allow to cool on a cooling rack and serve with butter, or jam and thick whipped cream.

This is my very first batch made with a smaller 5 cm scone cutter as  an experiment. These would be perfect for little folk for after school home baked snacks, and bigger folk who are trying not too eat too many, still very delicious.

Cook's notes:

  • If the mixture seems dry, you may need to add 2 tablespoons of milk gradually, however with a wet mixture, just add an extra tablespoon of SR flour at a time until it is manageable. I added one extra tablespoon of SR flour to mine each to each batch because the pumpkin is very rich. 
  • The pumpkin needs to be cold and straight out of the frig when you start using it.
  • The egg can be cold, not room temperature
  • The secret is to work quickly when making scones
  • A minimum of handling of the scone dough gives the best results
  • 240 deg. C is the perfect temperature in my oven for baking scones, for 15 minutes
  • I use my small electric mixer and beaters to mix the butter, sugar and salt together in a medium size bowl rather than my Kitchen Aid.  This gives the best result as the mixture isn't large.
  • About 250 g - 300 g of pumpkin will give you 1 cup of mashed pumpkin depending on the type of pumpkin
Crazy Chows, my Mahjong hand

Who doesn't love a delicious scone with a cuppa? Hope you enjoy some scones during International Scone Week. I hosted Mahjong this afternoon at our home, and of course I baked Pumpkin scones for afternoon tea.

The table was set for a Devonshire Tea with the Mahjong Ladies, whipped cream and a a selection of jams, all homemade, Rosella, Strawberry and Plum. Mr. HRK very kindly made Flat White Coffees. It was so nice for us all to sit around the table, chat, and enjoy some home baked scones. There were 6 of us playing this afternoon.

Warm wishes



  1. Love these! I love pumpkin everything. Your table looks very pretty and festive.

  2. Until I saw Sherry‘s post this morning, I had no idea it was scone week! I doubt I can get a post out, but I can make some scones! I have a cup of frozen mashed pumpkin from last fall in the freezer. This is exactly the way I should use it! Your pumpkin scones look absolutely beautiful. Thanks, Pauline!

  3. Thanks so much David, I was really pleased with them, and not difficult at all. I must find your blog, would love to be reading it. Is it under your name?

  4. David please ignore my last comment, I've just realised that you are Cocoa and Lavender which of course I subscribe to and really enjoy reading.

  5. What an interesting recipe. Dave is not a fan of any type of squash so I never buy them. But I think I might have to force my hand here to try these :)

    1. Thanks Tandy, you can't even really taste the pumpkin in these, just a really nice flavour and scone texture.

  6. 3 dozen scones!? Well I know where I'm coming when I need a mid-morning snack. :-) I do love baking scones, but I haven't made any in a while. And pumpkin is a favorite flavor in baked goods for me! I've never made pumpkin scones, and now I'm wondering why not - thanks for the inspiration to hit the kitchen and get to baking! (Pumpkin season is coming soon for us here - I can't wait!!)

    1. Ha ha David, you are very welcome to pop in. 1 dozen of those are in the freezer just in case, they will be warmed up. Thanks for your interest.

  7. Love the idea of scone week! And really, really love these pumpkin scones. What a wonderful recipe -- thanks.

  8. Thanks so much KR, they are really delicious. We have enjoyed them.

  9. Pauline, I have four Kent pumpkins here that were volunteer plants so I must try and make this recipe. I actually have an old tea towel with the recipe on it as well as Flo's image. She was quite famous for her scones.

    1. Thanks Chel, how wonderful to have the space to grow pumpkins. They keeps so well too. Good old Flo, amazing that you still have the tea towel.

  10. What a gorgeous colour the pumpkin gives the scones. They look ever so tempting.

    1. Thanks so much Choclette, I was thrilled with the colour of them, and the flavour.

  11. hi pauline,
    this reminds me of the Jo and Flo days here in sunny QLD :-) I like to roast my pumpkin skin-on for recipes, not that i use it often. Yours look delish; what a feast of scones!

    1. Sherry I love to roast the pumpkin as well, for a lot of recipes, however I didn't want to stray from the original recipe with these. They were perfect for my first attempt at these scones. Thanks so much. So pleased you received my posts at last.

  12. hope my comment went thru! your scones look tasty and colourful!

  13. Sherry as you can see, your comment went though. Thanks so much for persisting.


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