British Pumpkin and Currant Scones
When it’s pumpkin season (and it definitely is!), one of my all-time favorite baking recipes that showcases fall’s most lovable squash (that would be “the pumpkin”) is British Pumpkin and Currant Scones.
These scones are made in the traditional British fashion and are perfect for a cozy, comforting afternoon snack (with English tea, of course). Or, they can be enjoyed as a quick and easy breakfast food and are simply delicious with a hot cup of your favorite coffee.
The Classic English Scone has a simple, round shape that is traditionally cut in half and enjoyed with clotted cream and jam. No need for any sweet, sugary drizzle here!
It’s made the same way as mascarpone cheese, by cooking it low and skimming the thick cream off the top.
Check out my recipe for Clotted Cream and learn more about how to make it as well as the history of the traditional British afternoon tea.
Full confession – I eat so many scones this time of year because of the cold weather. I drink a lot of tea and why not enjoy it with a scone? This combination makes for a lovely snack that is the epitome of comfort in my book. There are, however, times that I like a plain scone but when I want to live it up and go for the true “fall flavors”, I can choose from my Autumn Apple and Date Scones or these Pumpkin and Currant Scones.
What makes this the best Pumpkin Scone recipe
These scones are not overly spiced because it’s very easy to mask the mild flavor of pumpkin so I only use a little bit of cinnamon (which is very strong anyway) and ground nutmeg along with just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the addition of jam. This way, too, it’s not too sweet to enjoy for breakfast.
Tip to making the best scones
Don’t overwork the dough. You have to work it just enough to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients, then shape it before cutting.
The perfect British scone should be a little crumbly, but also soft and tender at the same time.
If you’ve made these British Pumpkin and Currant Scones, leave a comment (or question below). I love to hear from my readers!