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The cold weather has hit us! Sob. 

Unfortunately, it's only going to get colder as the days and months go on. 

But one surefire way to make those chilly mornings SO much better is to have a pumpkin scone with a lovely cup of tea. 

Here we have not one but TWO recipes (one is vegan!) for mouth-watering morning scones: 

Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze


  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 220*C. Place nuts on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Toast the nuts until fragrant (about 3 minutes). Chop nuts into very fine pieces.

2. Combine the flour, 3/4 of the chopped nuts, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and whisk together. 

3. Use a fork to cut the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. 

4. Stir in pumpkin puree, milk and vanilla extract. You can use your hands to knead everything together.

5. Form dough into a circle that's about two centimetres all around and then cut into eight even pieces.

6. Separate slices and place on baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. 

7. While the scones are baking, get one cup of icing sugar, melted coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla  and 1/4 cup of maple syrup; whisk together until smooth and creamy. Drizzle the glaze generously over the scones when done, then sprinkle the remaining chopped nuts on top!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Scones


  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 190*C. Line with baking paper and set aside.

2. Mix together buttermilk, egg, pumpkin and vanilla in a large bowl.

3. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.

4. Cut the butter into small cubes and cut it into the dry mixture until it becomes crumby. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Add the dry to the wet ingredients, stirring until a thick dough is formed, then knead together.

6. Shape the dough into a circle (or create mini circles) and cut into even wedges. Brush a bit of buttermilk over the top. 

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

8. While scones are baking you can make a pumpkin glaze. Mix 2 cups of icing sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Pipe or spread onto scones. 



We all love a good, hearty meal at times – and on these days (hello there, August rain), a cheesy treat is the way to go.

Inspiring many great Italian meals, we have rounded up the best cheesy treats for you to indulge in. Hurrah!

Whether you want to spoil yourself on the weekend, or make your a loved-one or flatmate a mid-week surprise, here are the tastiest and easiest Italian dishes you can show off with:


Umbrian-style white pizza

If you don't like tomatoes, this is the way to go. 

  • Buy a pizza base (or make one from scratch like a boss)
  • Top with wafter thin slices of potato, six anchovies, sage leaves and torn pieces of a mozzarella ball
  • Cook in a very hot oven for 15 minutes and viola – you pizza is made!


Stuffed baked potato

This snack is pure perfection and full of golden, crispy goodness.

  • Take one big baked potato (already baked that is) and slice in half
  • Scoop the potato out of the skin and put it into a bowl
  • With that, mix in crispy bacon, a dollop of cream, some butter, mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper
  • Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and pop in the over at 220C for 20 minutes


The ultimate cheese omelette

Cheese and eggs are a match made in foodie heaven.

  • Thinly slice some mushrooms, half a red onion, chives and a tomato
  • Then crack three eggs into a bowl and mix everything together, along with seasoning
  • Fry the mix on a hot pan with a knob of butter and immediately add some grated mature cheddar and parmesan
  • Cook for 5/10 minutes and then just enjoy the oozy goodness


Italian Mediterranean pasta salad

A glorious Italian taste sensation

  • Bung a bag of penne pasta into boiling salted water and cook al dente
  • Add frozen peas at the last minute
  • Drain the whole lot and pour into a bowl with a good glug of olive oil.
  • Stir in a cup of crispy bacon, chopped chives, veg of your choice and a packet of your preferred cheese
  • The cheese will melt and ooze and transform the whole thing into a fabulous tasty meal


Kicky cheesy scones

Super easy yeast-free bits – just try not to eat them all!

  • Rub together 225g of self-raising flour, 55g of butter and a pinch of salt
  • Then stir in a liberal amount of cheddar
  • Pour in 150ml of whole milk and stir until you reach a doughy consistency
  • Separate into ten even pieces on a baking tray, brush with milk and grate some strong cheddar on top
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220C for about 12 minutes.


Cappuccino cheesecake

For something a little bit sweeter try this

  • Mix crushed digestive biscuits with 85g of melted butter and a tablespoon of espresso coffee
  • Then pour the mixture into a baking tin and squash down so it's all even
  • Stir three tablespoons of espresso into a pan along with half a tub of mascarpone and heat gently, stirring until it bubbles
  • Then drop four gelatin leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften
  • Squeeze excess water from gelatin and add to coffee-cheese mix until dissolved
  • Beat the other half of the mascarpone tub with 225g of icing sugar
  • Stir the coffee and sugar together until sweet and creamy, than slather thickly over your biscuit base
  • Leave overnight and see what glorious-ness awaits you in the morning

These scones go so well with a cup of afternoon tea or coffee and you can curb that sugar craving with a little bit of jam, yum!

What you’ll need:

  • 500g plain white flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 120g butter
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°C.
  2. In a large bowl sieve the flour, salt and baking powder. Rub in the butter until a crumb-like texture is achieved.
  3. Beat the eggs with the buttermilk and add the sugar.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix until a dough is formed.
  5. Add more buttermilk if the mixture seems dry.
  6. Put the dough onto a floured work surface and using a scone cutter make out your scones.
  7. Glaze each scone with a little beaten egg and sprinkle of sugar.
  8. Place on a floured baking tray and put into the oven for 15mins or until golden.
  9. Serve with butter and jam.