Queensland Squash Scones

Queensland Squash Scones

This recipe originates from Queensland Australia. Sir Joh and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen were a tireless and colorful part of this regions history. He served as premier of Queensland for many years. Her constant support advanced his career. She was known for baking and serving these tasty and most economical scones that are based on Queensland Squash. It’s not hard to imagine scores of locals downing scones and cups of tea and thinking fondly of the premier and his hospitable wife.

Queensland squash is traditional for this recipe but any winter squash will do. If you use another type and it is fairly dry add one to three tablespoons water or milk so dough holds together and has a pliable consistency.

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 cup baked squash, mashed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Grease a baking sheet. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and squash and beat well. Sift flour with baking powder and salt and add to squash mixture, stirring until just combined. Remove from bowl and pat out until 1/2″ inch thick onto a floured cutting board. Cut into 1″ squares and place close together on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, until a light golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and serve hot. A little butter, jam and a cup of tea alongside the scones is a small feast.

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