Amish Friendship Bread Pumpkin Scones


The Sweet Precision Kitchen is up and running at my new location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Matt and I spent the past two weekends getting settled into our new space. This included combining our pots and pans and deciding what things need to go… or stay in many cases. Although this might sound like a simple process, it definitely involved some compromises.

This post marks the continuation of my Amish Friendship Bread baking challenge. For those of you that are new to this, Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread made from a sourdough starter that is shared in a manner similar to a chain letter. The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads and shared with friends. My goal with this baking challenge is to keep my starter going for an entire year. If you need a recipe for the starter, you can find one here.

This recipe for pumpkin scones is a delicious treat. In reality, the scones turn out more like a cross between a muffin and a cookie. Since fall is around the corner I thought I’d get a head start on a fun pumpkin recipe. Don’t worry there will be many more to come!

Amish Friendship Bread Pumpkin Scone Recipe


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chilled butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in center of dry mixture; set aside. In another bowl combine starter, pumpkin and egg. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened. Knead in butterscotch chips.

Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface. Shape into 4” x 12” rectangle. Cut rectangle into quarters (4” x 3”) and cut each piece on the diagonal to form 8 wedges. Place wedges 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
If you find that the dough is sticking to your fingers, try adding additional flour to the mixture one tablespoon at a time. Alternatively, you can also try coating your fingers with some vegetable shortening.



10 thoughts on “Amish Friendship Bread Pumpkin Scones

  1. Mmmmm. pumpkin! Summer is my very favorite season (and we’re having such a beautiful one here in RI); but then the hints of autumn food start nudging around in my brain and I thinking ahead with anticipation–mmmm, frosty mornings & comforting baked treats. I like the idea of throwing in the butterscotch. Sounds rich and complex!


    • I almost felt guilty posting a fall pumpkin recipe in August since summer is still in full swing! But even here in MI, the morning are getting a little cooler and some signs of fall are beginning to appear. I’m still hoping to get a few more summer desserts in though :)


  2. Warming up for Halloween already? ;-) You sure know what a commitment means! ;-) The scones look great, Heather!
    P.S. Don’t even get me started on the compromise subject! :-)


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