Halloween can be rather overwhelming with all the sweet stuff flying around, so why not try these pumpkin scones and give things a more savoury twist. They're great for entertaining the grown ups with, whilst the kids are running around scaring themselves silly!
Dice up some fresh pumpkin into chunks and place in a microwave bowl.
Add a dash of water and microwave on high until the pumpkin softens.
Mash the pumpkin with a fork or blitz in a food processor until pulped.
Allow to cool.
Beat together the butter, sugar and salt/mixed spice in a food mixer.
Add the egg and then the mashed pumpkin.
Stir in two cups of self raising flour.
If the mixture doesn't come together into a soft dough, then add some of the third cup of flour until it does.
Gentle roll the dough out onto a floured surface.
Cut out your desired scone sized rounds.
Place the scones onto a baking tray and lightly brush with milk to help the scones brown.
Bake in a moderate oven (180/200C) for about 20 minutes until browned and the base of the scone sounds hollow when tapped.
Allow to cool slightly. The scones can be served warm or cold.
You can serve these scones with some lovely homemade jam or a great savoury version is with Philidelphia cream cheese and some homemade chutney. Hopefully you have a Grandma or family member who can supply the homemade chutney or pick some up at a local farmers' market.