Cheesy Pumpkin Scones with Walnuts and Sage
These tender, autumnal scones serve as a tasty reminder that pumpkin plays savory just as well as it does sweet. Paired with toasted walnuts, nutty Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses, earthy sage, and brown butter, pumpkin shines decadently in these cheesy, buttery scones. They're best served the day they are baked, but can hold up well for 1 to 2 days in an airtight container; just warm them gently before serving.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2tablespoons heavy cream
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 8leaves fresh sage
- 2cups all-purpose flour
- 3tablespoons brown sugar
- 1tablespoon baking powder
- ½teaspoon salt
- ¼teaspoon garlic powder
- ½cup unsalted butter, frozen and grated
- ½cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
- ½cup grated Gruyere cheese
- ⅓cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
- ½cup pumpkin puree
- ⅓cup heavy cream
- 1large egg
Step 1Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2For the topping, melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the milk solids turn golden brown and the butter smells nutty, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour butter and any browned bits into a small bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Whisk in the heavy cream and set aside.
Step 3For the scones, whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder together in a large mixing bowl. Add grated butter and work into the flour mixture using your fingertips until well distributed and the mixture feels crumbly/mealy. Using a wooden spoon, stir in walnuts, Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses, and sage, making sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Place in the refrigerator until needed.
Step 4Add pumpkin to a separate small mixing bowl. Using a paper towel, dab the pumpkin puree to soak up as much excess moisture as you can. Whisk in heavy cream and egg until the mixture is evenly combined.
Step 5Drizzle the pumpkin mixture over the flour mixture. Stir with a rubber spatula until the flour mixture is thoroughly moistened and a crumbly dough forms; do not overmix.
Step 6Using lightly floured hands, gather the dough and gently knead in the mixing bowl until it just comes together. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and form into a 7- to 8-inch-round disc. Cut the disc into 8 equal wedges. Transfer the wedges to the prepared baking sheet.
Step 7Generously brush each scone with the brown butter and cream topping mixture and sprinkle with cracked black pepper as desired. Place 1 sage leaf on top of each scone and press gently to adhere.
Step 8Bake in the preheated oven until scones are lightly browned, 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.