Ben O'Donoghue (info about Ben) recently moved to Queensland and wanted to cook something that we would associate with that state. Apparently, a former Queensland premier's wife used to cook pumpkin scones - and if I were older I probably would have known that! Flo Bjelke-Petersen, who was also a politician, was famous in the 1970's and 80's for pumpkin scones - info about Flo.
Ben's pumpkin scones are a variation on his lemonade scones (which I have never made). There was just one small problem, there was no pumpkin in my fridge, nor at my supermarket. So I used sweet potato. I figured it has a similar texture and obviously a similar colour!
The scones were pretty successful, however mixing the dough together with a knife was not fun; it took way too long, and in the end I gave up and dumped the dough out on to a floured bench and worked it together by hand.
Into the oven for 13 minutes, back out and serve with jam and cream!