Punkim Scones

Of all the things I’ll miss one day when I look back, autumn is high on the list. And it’s not just the leaves. Harvest festival, harvest service, pumpkins sitting with stately repose in every window display. You’ll imagine my delight when a few pumpkins of the homegrown variety made their way into my grateful hands. One from Chris’ grandma (along with potatoes and pears from her garden), two from Ivonne’s parents (fresh walnuts as well) and the giant quarter of pumpkin I bid for at our harvest service auction. I’ve made buckets of soup. But there comes a time when a new pumpkin idea is necessary…

The last pumpkin scones I ate were made by Tony. Following the directions for “one cup of mashed pumpkin” he proceeded to whiz a cup of raw pumpkin in the food processor and add it to his scones. True story. Pumpkin scones enjoy a special place on Australia’s culinary map. They’re one of the foods eaten by Hush and Grandma Poss in the quest to make Hush visible again (prize if you know which city). But their biggest claim to fame is as the signature dish of Florence Bijelke-Peterson, that strange personality of Queensland politics in the 70s and 80s. If you’d like the original recipe, Lady Flo did actually publish a cookbook. I’m told her secret is to cook the pumpkin and leave it in the fridge overnight. If you don’t have a scone cutter on hand, a wine glass works 🙂

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3 Responses to “Punkim Scones”


  1. 1 kerentravels October 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Was it Perth? Can’t quite remember, although I should know, I read it that many times to Issy. We loved the line when Hush says to Grandma Poss: ‘Don’t worry Grandma, I don’t mind’ …But in her heart or hearts, she did.

  2. 2 Chris October 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Brisbane! 🙂

  3. 3 mavisandfrank October 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Steak and salad in Sydney, mornay and minties in Melbourne, pumpkin scones in Perth… all of which got Hush nowhere. It was Darwin (vegemite sandwich) and Hobart (lamington) that did the trick!


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