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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Scones

Thanksgiving is less than a week away. My mind’s been conjuring up all kinds of recipes—maybe too many. For days I’ve been trying to clear the decks to bake and cook and post holiday foods. But, life isn’t always that accommodating and it doesn’t always go according to plan. The clock continues to tick and the few moments I’ve had to make those imaginary recipes have come and gone.

I’m not complaining. I’ve been doing some fun things in my free time. (You remember free time, right? The hours between real work, house work, and all that other obligatory stuff that eats up the day.) The weather’s been great so I’ve been taking walks with the dogs as often as possible. And, last weekend my husband,  sister, her beau and I went to The Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Wow! Whether you’re a foodie or not you’re going to want to visit this spectacular food emporium. It’s aisle after aisle of vendors who tempt you with baked goods and coffees, ice cream, fish, fresh and smoked meats. There’s green grocers, candy counters and cheese makers. You name it—they sell it there. Yep, that’s right, it’s foodie heaven.

Yesterday we ventured into NYC to see West Side Story on Broadway in celebration of my brother-in-law’s birthday. (Happy Birthday, Bill!) The cast was young, talented and energized and gave the audience a wonderful, heartfelt performance. There were more than a few tears shed at the closing curtain. Afterwards we stopped at Bonefish Grill for an early dinner. The gluten-free menu offered a wide selection of appetizers, sides, and entrees. I had the grilled Shrimp and Scallops with mango chutney and it hit the spot.

So, all in all, it’s been a busy, happy month. But, sorry guys, there wasn’t enough time to really do justice to the blog for Thanksgiving. Lesson learned in my first year of blogging. Fortunately next Thanksgiving I’ll get another shot at it.

That said, here’s a Thanksgiving morning breakfast scone. Pop ‘em in the oven before you start to prep the turkey or better yet, make them the night before and heat them slightly while the oven is getting up to temperature for turkey roasting. Then once the bird is in the oven, pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a well-deserved treat.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Scones


3/4 cup sorghum flour

1 1/4 cups GF flour blend*

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread, chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3/4 cup pumpkin


Maple Glaze

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup confectioners sugar


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. The rack should be in the center position.

Mix the lemon juice and coconut milk. Set aside.

Place the dry ingredients (sorghum flour through salt) into a food processor fitted with a blade. Cover and pulse a few times until all ingredients are mixed evenly. Add the Earth Balance in small chunks and spread evenly across the top of the dry mixture. Cover and pulse about 12 times (in one second pulses). The mixture should resemble a coarse meal. (If you are doing this by hand put the dry ingredients in a big bowl and whisk until combined. Then, using two knives, a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut the Earth Balance into the dry mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.)

Transfer the dough to a large bowl. Using a spatula, stir in the pumpkin, vanilla, and about half of the coconut milk. Add more coconut milk a little at time until the dough begins to form. Don’t worry if you don’t use all the milk or if you need more. The object is to produce a dough that’s a tiny bit soft and sticky but still able to hold together when formed and cut.

Lightly dust the countertop or pastry mat with sorghum or rice flour and turn the dough out onto it. Form it into a circle about an inch to an inch and half high and 7 or 8 inches across. Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 8 wedges and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. The scones should be lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack when cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile mix the maple syrup and confectioners sugar until smooth. Depending on taste you may want to add more maple syrup or more sugar. There really isn’t any specific way to make this—it’s right when you like it! Drizzle over the warm scones and serve.

*Note: I used Authentic Foods Gluten-Free Multi Blend Flour


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Reader Comments (9)

those look amazing!! I want some!!

Nov 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

What a perfect combination! I love the idea of a maple glaze.

And I totally know what you mean about creating a grand Thanksgiving post. There is next year for me too, right? :) Have a good holiday!

Nov 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

Oooh yum! These look fabulous =D. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I’m lactose intolerant and have always dreaded the holidays, as all the food seems to be loaded with dairy. After a recommendation of one of my friends, I found this nutrition coach named Rose Cole who has a holiday cookbook and has tons of dairy free recipes. Her site is

Nov 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFran

Looks good. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

I just popped these into the oven, and as I did I realized there is no leavening. Should there be? They smell wonderful right now, but I'm a bit nervous. :)

Oct 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkyegiggles

Tanya - I've made scones with and without leavening and have found they're good either way. Without the leavening they're a little denser, that's all. If you prefer leaving add 1 tablespoon baking powder. They'll still smell good and still be delicious!

Oct 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterNancy Kohler

Hi, my son is also sensitive to citrus. Do you think vinegar could be substituted for the lemon juice?

Crystal--yes, I would definitely try apple cider vinegar instead.

Jul 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Do you think it would work to use refrigerated coconut oil instead of the earths balance spread?

Jul 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
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