Sourdough Monday – Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

Do you love to create new recipes? I do, and find myself jotting down recipe notes on the backs on envelopes, scrap paper, and sticky notes. This usually isn’t a problem as they pile up in a corner of my counter, out of the way but easy to access.

Until I go on a cleaning frenzy. I made these fall harvest scones last weekend, but tucked the recipe away in anticipation of Thanksgiving and have spent the last 5 days trying to find it again. Thus the Sourdough Monday instead of a Saturday or Sunday. It gets worse. Originally this was supposed to be a bonus sourdough post, ready to submit to the good people over at Sourdough Surprises. Luckily others were more organized and they had lots of great submissions. See the link for Gingered Pear and Cranberry Scones, Kit Kat Scones, Banana Walnut Scones and more at the end of this post.

If you love both pumpkin and cranberries though, you may find this recipe worth waiting for. Scones are super simple to make. The addition of sourdough starter allows us to use less fat, so while there is a wonderful spicy and tart flavor here, they do become a bit dry after 2 or 3 days. Serve with a nice cuppa and some homemade jam.


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (find out how to make your own starter here)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or knife.

Combine starter, pumpkin and milk. Add all at once to dry ingredients. Add dried cranberries. Mix lightly until a soft dough forms.

On a lightly floured board, pat dough into a 1/2 inch thick circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Brush tops with milk and/or egg if desired. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Don’t forget to check out these links:

Sourdough Surprises


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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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  1. These look delicious! I have a similar habit… I recently wrote a recipe next to the newspaper’s crossword I was working on, but then I threw the newspaper in the recycle when I finished the puzzle!

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