perfect pumpkin scones

September 25, 2015
perfect pumpkin scones


The love of place is as real, as strong, and as important as any love. I felt it on the wild remote coast of Tasmania. I’ve felt it over and over on visits to Yorkshire – my ancestral home and the place I spent my formative years. I’ve felt in the south of France – the north of France – the middle of France. The sunshine coast of Australia. Salt Spring Island off the coast of Vancouver. I’ve felt it in the rugged, wilderness of Northern Canada. In Killarney Provincial Park as I watched a blue moon rise over the lakes and listened to the loons call to each other. I’ve felt it the Rocky Mountains, the coast of California, in the zocalo in Oaxaca, as I watched eighty year old Mexican men dance with their wives. And too, in the most southerly bits of New Zealand as I peered out over the endless mighty Pacific Ocean looking southwards towards Antarctica. I absolutely felt it in Newfoundland. Definitely there. That was love at first sight.

I’ve fallen in love so many times, I’ve lost count.

Yet, no matter how far I wander in the world, I think it would be hard to beat autumn in Eastern Ontario. Even despite what’s coming next – that unspeakable long cold season that follows – it’s hard to resist the allure of autumn here with its long cool nights and crisp bright days. The sky is strewn with wisps of clouds, the sailboats are still bobbing on the water, the garden is still producing – lush with arugula, fragrant basil, and tomatoes. And here, in my sweet little home, I’m admiring my gorgeous long island cheese – the winter squash I’ve also fallen for and can’t stop rabbiting on about (or showing off – photo below!) and the late season white hydrangeas. I’m back in the kitchen, happy to return to leisurely, long, slow cooking. To homemade soups and simmering stews and braises. I’m thinking of candlelit evenings and bottles of late harvest Vidal and listening to Miles Davis. Perhaps I’m the last of the romantics.

long island cheese

This morning I had the first craving for pumpkin. I made these scones before breakfast and ate two dripping with butter alongside a huge mug of coffee while I listened to the CBC. Could there be anything better? It’s always the simplest of things that provide the most pleasure. My life is SO good.

white hydrangeas

Make these pumpkin scones – make them round, or in wedges, or whatever you like. They taste like autumn in Eastern Ontario. Perfect! And they’re so easy, practically fool-proof. They actually rise, despite the whole wheat flour and pumpkin. And so easy to vegan-ize – just use vegan margarine in place of the butter. I used butter this time.

pumpkin scones

pumpkin scones

pumpkin scone

Recipe is here – the non-plagiarized Starbucks Pumpkin Scone Clones! If you want to “Starbuck” them up – add a drizzle of white and dark chocolate glaze and perhaps some caramel. Mine just have a simple white glaze – 3 tbsp icing sugar, tiny bit of vanilla, tiny, tiny pinch of salt, and enough cream or coconut milk (or whatever you like) to blend.

pumpkin scones

And last but not least – it’s Friday – so I’m heading over to Fiesta Friday to join my friends in the blogosphere. Thanks as always, Angie for your incredible generosity in blogging.

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40 Comments

  • Reply David More September 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Wonderfully articulated as always. Pumpkin not my favourite pie, but love of plaice, haha, was perfect.

    best, Dave

  • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Looking forward to seeing you and Donna soon. And thank you for the truly lovely comment, which had me rushing off to see if actually wrote plaice in place of place. One of the many reasons I love this place so much is because of friends, like you. 😉

  • Reply Amanda | What's Cooking September 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    These look so good. I’m going to try them. I make scones nearly every weekend and I have yet to make a pumpkin one. This season I use a lot of apples. I’m very excited to try these. It looks like we both fall in love with the world. There are so many different places and so much beauty from a zocalo to a remote island. What a wonderful thing to be able to draw inspiration from the world and also be happy right where you are…at least for the moment. 🙂

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Yes, happiness can be a moment by moment thing! I like the idea of apple scones. I’ll try that this weekend coming up. Don’t you just love autumn – the last bountiful harvests. Apples, grapes, pumpkins….

  • Reply apuginthekitchen September 25, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Yes, I can almost always find something about a place I visit or live that I totally fall in love with. Couldn’t agree more. I also love your scones and can not think of anything better than one of those beauties with a hot mug of coffee.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Suzanne – I’m glad we suffer the same gypsy fate. I spent half my life longing to be somewhere else. I plan to spend the next half completely happy with where I am! Many there be many more year In our kitchens eating scones and drinking coffee!! 😉

      • Reply apuginthekitchen September 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

        I have visited many different place and with the exception of a few I can always find something I love about each!

  • Reply Anita Kushwaha September 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    These look amazing! Fall is my favourite season. I honestly wait for it all year. The colours! Another part of the reason is seasonal baking. I’m already thinking of what to bake for Thanksgiving. This pumpkin recipe is very welcome, indeed. Oh, and I fell in love with the Rock at first sight too. Went back in July and it was hard to leave. Hope all is well! 🙂

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      What’s on your Thanksgiving menu Anita? I’m awfully fond of stuffing. Thinking of an apple, pear, walnut stuffing loaded with rosemary and sage. And by the way – it does look I may be in Ottawa speaking. I’ll let you know!

      • Reply Anita Kushwaha September 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

        Your stuffing sounds amazing, Lindy. It’s my favourite part of Thanksgiving dinner, along with my mom’s gravy. I’m usually in charge of the baking. This year I’m going to try my hand at cornbread, and for dessert, mini pumpkin cheesecakes with ginger cookie crumble as the base. What do you think? Oh wow, please do keep me in the loop about your Ottawa date. I wouldn’t miss it! 🙂

        • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

          What time should I come over? I don’t want to miss any of that!! xo

          • Anita Kushwaha October 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

            Ha ha, the more the merrier! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Jenny September 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

    My husband and I spent three years in northern New York, and we often drove up to eastern Ontario for day or weekend trips. I agree that it is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Aw – thanks Jenny I’m so glad that you know exactly what I’m talking about. Autumn around here these parts is truly sacred.

  • Reply Angie September 26, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I’m ready for the pumpkin onslaught 😀 Pumpkin scones might very well be the perfect way to start.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      I LOVE the pumpkin onslaught – bring ’em on. I won’t be tired of pumpkin til I’ve had pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin coffee cake, stuffed pumpkins, and a loaf of pumpkin bread. Oh and a pumpkin spice latte! 😉

  • Reply Darya September 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Lindy, as always, your words are touching and beautiful; I also love quite a few places, in and outside of France; my most recent “love” was for the Fens outside of Cambridge, such a beautiful, dreamy, empty landscape! I want to go back. I’ve never eaten a scone in my entire life, but these look perfect! I love anything sweet with pumpkin, and finally bought the first one of the year (even though it is still tomato and cucumber season over here!).

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Darya, you’re a darling. Thank you. And if you like dreamy, empty landscapes – I bet you’d love the moors. Or the Australian outback. Which I forgot in my list. I’ve been twice and fell in love both times. It’s so wild – so wide open – and so captivating. I remember after a few days in the outback that my skin was so beautifully clear and I felt so healthy. And the only sign of mankind was the road in front of us. Just amazing.

  • Reply Julie is Hostess At Heart September 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    You’ve been to so many beautiful places. I know what you mean when you just connect with a place. These scones look so warm and inviting. Just perfect for fall.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Julie – thanks for stopping by and commenting. I moved continents when I was ten weeks old and I believe that experience in my formative years is so cemented in my brain. The funny part is that I’m such a reluctant traveler – but I travel anyway. I love that you know what it is to connect with a place.

      • Reply Julie is Hostess At Heart September 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

        Reluctant traveler? I love to travel but must admit John makes it so easy. He navigates and I just enjoy the rest.

  • Reply Anonymous September 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    A perfect recipe to make with my 12 year old daughter…I will be sure to give credit to you, even though she already adores you! And your doggie…

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I must make you a batch. I will do that. I promise…. xox

  • Reply Hilda September 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I am certainly going to make these. I have been making scones like never before since I started making more jellies and jam – this is a welcome addition to my repertoire.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I bet your jellies and jams are just divine Hilda. And there’s nothing like a good cup of tea and a scone with homemade jam. LOVELY to hear from you. Thank you. Hope to connect soon….

  • Reply Stacey Bender September 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    You had me swept away to far away places. Such a beautiful post.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Stacey – and so wonderful to hear from you! Hope all is well in the ten legs kitchen! xo

  • Reply Laura mechefske September 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Wow. These are to die for! Once again I have the advantage of tasting your spectacular creations before I do the work of making them – but I bought my pumpkin less then 4 hours after I finished my first scone.

    Can’t wait to take these into work! You’re such a marvel in the kitchen xoxoxox

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      And now I have some of yours! The apple does not fall from the tree and all that…
      love you to the moon and back three times over. xxx

  • Reply Shari September 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I love your first sentence about the love of place that is as strong as any love. I have never heard it put that way, but it is so perfect to describe the feelings you get when seeing certain places for the first time. I will be thinking about that for days to come. Your scones look so cute in the pumpkin shapes, and I’m sure taste just like fall. Thank you!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Shari – for your beautiful, thoughtful comment. Excited to learn about your Arizona life too.

  • Reply Elly September 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

    My favorite part of fall! Love these scones!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske October 2, 2015 at 6:35 am

      I have a batch to deliver to you my beautiful moonbeam xoxox

  • Reply tinywhitecottage October 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Looks at me so incredibly late in visiting your gorgeous post Lindy. I’m buried and want so badly to slow down and spend time both in reading your wonderful book and visiting my favorite blog! Working as an administrator in a private elementary school wreaks havoc on my energy capacity during the months of September and October. Autumn in Eastern Ontario sounds lovely! We share a very similar climate. Hard to imagine I am still pulling herbs and tomatoes from my garden as well. It’s a beautiful thing…just like your pumpkin scones. 🙂

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske October 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Seana – I can imagine how hectic your life is, especially in September and October. I worked for years in a university and then left to pursue a writing career full-time. Those months were always crazy. And I don’t really miss any of that!
      Seana – it doesn’t matter how late or how often you get to my blog – I am always so very happy to hear from you – such a kindred spirit.
      I know your winter is milder and your summer too, but our shoulder seasons are very similar. I just dug up my garden – harvested the last of the green tomatoes and planted my garlic. And soon, I’ll be raking. But for now – am enjoying the sunshine and the gorgeous fall leaves (still on the trees) and I hope you are too. xox

  • Reply Lynz Real Cooking October 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    these look lovely and sound so yummy

  • Reply tableofcolors October 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I will have to give your pumpkin scones a try…I love all things pumpkin. 🙂 and I even have a pumpkin on my table waiting to roasted and made into purée…as we don’t have puréed pumpkin in a can here in Finland it does require a bit more effort, but definitely the results make it all worth it!

  • Reply cakespy October 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    These scones are absolutely perfect. And your writing has given me wanderlust!

  • Reply CakePants October 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    These look lovely, and I love the heart shapes in the top photo! You are absolutely right – the love of place can be so strong. What a beautifully written post!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske October 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Such a generous comment – thank you!!! I am a bit besotted with hearts. Also loving your blog and followed you this morning! Look forward to reading more of you soon….

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