At Home for the Holidays with Lauren P.

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Lauren is a second year medical student, and is probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. She was kind enough to let me come over to watch her bake and chat for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. We had lunch together, and then got to work.

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It was amazing watching Lauren bake. She can talk about anything and everything while measuring ingredients and mixing without skipping a beat. I always have to stop and think while all is quiet, but Lauren has mastered multitasking.

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As Lauren worked, she told me some of her favorite Christmas memories. In college, she shared an apartment with three other girls. They were constantly studying. Lauren and one roommate found themselves baking to relieve stress, and loved sharing their goodies with friends. Whenever the holidays would roll around, Lauren and her friend made their famous pumpkin scones. Their roommates would feel so special, and it was just the thing to get everyone through finals week and on to the Christmas season.

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These pumpkin scones are so perfect. They are full of spices and topped with two (yes, two!) glazes. The fragrance alone is enough to make your mouth water. Lauren’s pumpkin scones with your favorite coffee on a chilly morning…I can’t think of anything better.

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The Recipe:

Adapted from here

Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick of butter)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons half and half
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla

Simple Sugar Glaze

1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons half and half

Spiced Glaze

1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 to 2 tablespoons half and half

Directions:

Arrange a baking sheet in the center of your oven and set to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients of the scones together. Then using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the butter until it resembles course crumbs.
In another bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Fold them into the other mixture.
Lightly flour your (clean) counter top and knead dough on it a few times, until it all comes together.
Then roll and pat out the dough until it is about a 10 by 7 inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, slice it into rectangles and then triangles, making about 16 scones.
Transfer to prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
Whisk together the glazes separately while the scones cool.
Dip scones into the sugar glaze, covering one flat surface. Then, drizzle the spiced glace over top.
Serve to your favorite people with a warm drink!
*graphic designed by sarah
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