I think this is my 2nd to last Pumpkin flavored product for 2012 and that is the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberry Scone Mix. I think the last one will be the Pumpkin filled ravioli for lunch tomorrow! This is the 2nd “mix” I’ve made this season and I think, for me, it was much better than the Pumpkin Bread and Muffin mix I made a few days ago.
Let me break it down for you. This is a mix that you have to add melted butter, egg and milk to the “mix” and mix it together. This mix, when mixed, (how many times can I use the word “mix” in a sentence!) is rather dense compared to the Pumpkin Muffins that I made a couple of days ago so mixing is a bit harder to do. You can’t use a whisk to do it, you need a big spoon or fork to get everything mixed together. I used a baking sheet with some parchment paper and turned on the oven at 375 degrees and let it warm up. I made 9 scones using a big spoon to scoop out the pumpkin scone mix on to the parchment paper. When the oven warmed up, I put the scones in the oven and let them bake for the prescribed time. Unlike the Pumpkin Muffins, these baked for the exact amount of time that Trader Joe’s recommended.
Nothing like eating warm scones fresh from the oven! As Becky and I chowed down on them, she commented that these were as good as the ones that you get down the street at the fancy dancy coffee house. But we thought that they were lacking in something. After a bit of a debate, we settled on the fact that they really needed some crunch or something along those lines. I thought they could use some roasted, salted Trader Joe’s Pepitas and Becky thought walnuts might be a good addition. Either way, they needed something. Also, I know that scones can be pretty crumbly, but I thought these were a little too much crumbly for me. Maybe a bit more milk or something? Flavorwise, they had some of the pumpkin pie spice thing going on but not too much. The Cranberries are a nice addition and give a nice fruity flavor that counters the pumpkin pie spice. Just needs some nuts!
Either way, these Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberry scones on their own were quite good! I am enjoying them quite a bit and they didn’t go over the top on the pumpkin pie spice, which Trader Joe’s sometimes overdoes it! I am going to rate the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cranberries 8 Bells!