Pumpkin and sharp cheddar cheese are a match made in heaven, especially when the vessel that combines them is a hot, buttery scone.
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ + ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ cup cold butter, cut in cubes
¾ cup pumpkin purée
¼ cup milk plus more for brushing scones
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 425°F (see note below).
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. Work in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is a little crumbly. You can use your hands, too, to distribute the butter a little better but unevenly crumbly would be okay. Stir in the grated cheese.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and 2 eggs until the mixture is smooth then add to the dry ingredients and stir together. At this point the mixture will seem dry with a bit unincorporated dry ingredients. Add ⅛ cup of the milk then stir together again. I ended up adding the other ⅛ cup milk and combined the dough with my hands (in the bowl using a kneading motion). The mixture will be moist and stick to your fingers if you used the entire ¼ cup milk. This is okay.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Scrape the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface. Bring the dough together into a round and flatten with your hands until the dough is roughly ½ - ¾ inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut a piece of the dough and transfer onto your lined baking sheet. I was able to get 19 pieces by reshaping the scraps of dough and using it until it was all gone.
Brush the tops with a little milk and bake in the oven for 11 - 13 minutes or until the scones are golden.
I use the convection feature of my oven so I baked mine at 400°F and the scones were done in 11-12 minutes. Based on experience this means that 425°F would be the recommended temperature for a regular oven. It might take a minute or two longer to bake your scones but as long as they're lightly golden, they're done.
Recipe by Lemons and Anchovies at http://lemonsandanchovies.com/2012/10/pumpkin-cheese-scones/