Friday, June 20, 2014

STARBUCKS COPYCAT PUMPKIN SCONES AND PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE


Starting in early September everyone begins obsessing over pumpkin and pumpkin flavored treats - especially Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. But two months later this delicious drink and all of its pumpkin treat friends are already out of stores. For a pumpkin lover like myself this is very depressing! That’s why today I'm letting it become known that it is perfectly acceptable to treat yourself to pumpkin anytime of the year. And I'm reiterating that fact by sharing these recipes for a copycat Starbucks pumpkin scone and pumpkin spice latte!

I have wanted to try out a scone recipe for quite some time. I love scones. They’re more filling than a doughnut and not as sweet as a muffin. They’re the perfect treat to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee or tea. I was planning to try a blueberry or strawberry scone recipe, but then I saw a can of Libby’s Pure Pumpkin in the store this week and I immediately started craving Starbucks pumpkin scones.

Since this was my first scone experience, I wasn’t quite sure how they would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised. They’re very moist and dense with just the perfect amount of cinnamon and spices. I also added two different glazes to the scone to make it a little sweeter. I added a simple sugar glaze and a cinnamon glaze. You have the option to either add both, one, or none of the glazes.

And of course, if you’re making pumpkin scones, it’s completely necessary to make a pumpkin spice latte to go with it.


STARBUCKS COPYCAT PUMPKIN SCONES

INGREDIENTS
For the Pumpkin Scones:
·         2 cups all-purpose flour
·         1/3 cup brown sugar
·         2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
·         1/2 cup pumpkin puree
·         3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
·         1 large egg
·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Simple Sugar Glaze:
·         1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
·         3 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Cinnamon Glaze:
·         1 cup powdered sugar
·         2 tablespoon heavy cream
·         1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
For the Pumpkin Scones:
1.       Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2.       Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
3.       In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda and salt.
4.       Add cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
5.       In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, heavy whipping cream, egg and vanilla.
6.       Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
7.       Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together.
8.       Using a rolling pill, roll the dough into a circle, about 1-inch thick.
9.       Using a large knife or a pizza cutter, cut the circle like a pizza into 8 triangles
10.   Place scones onto prepared baking sheet.
11.   Place into oven and bake for 10 minutes.
12.   Cool for 10 minutes
13.   Spoon on simple sugar glaze
14.   Spoon on spiced glaze

For the Simple Sugar Glaze:
1.       Combine confectioners’ sugar and milk.
2.       Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk as needed; set aside.

For the Cinnamon Glaze:
1.       Combine confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and milk.
2.       Whisk until smooth; set aside.

Recipe adapted from Inspired Taste

Cut the cold butter into pieces so it's easier to cut into the flour mixture

I use an OXO Good Grips Dough Blender to cut into the butter

This is what your mixture will look like when tit's combined

The wet ingredients

Once combined, pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients

Stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not overmix.

Remove your dough from the bowl and form into a ball

Roll out the ball and form a circle

Cut the circle like a pizza into 8 triangles and add to a baking sheet

Cooked scones before the frosting

Simple sugar glaze

Cinnamon glaze

Use a knife or pastry brush to coat scones with simple sugar glaze and then cinnamon glaze


STARBUCKS COPYCAT PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

INGREDIENTS
·         1 cup milk (any kind)
·         1 tablespoon white sugar
·         1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
·         1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
·         ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
·         6 ounce strong coffee

DIRECTIONS      
1.       Whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat.
2.       Simmer on low for 5 minutes.
3.       Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk.
4.       Pour milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp.
5.       Return milk mixture to saucepan and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes.
6.       Add coffee and whisk until foamy, or about 1 minute.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


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