Butternut Scones

These butternut scones are a great breakfast treat, or can be enjoyed with a bowl of soup. Butternut is a relatively cheap ingredient here, costing about €1 for 1kg. I roasted mine whole while doing chicken in the oven with other vegetables for supper. You can substitute for pumpkin roasted in pieces. Or for my American friends, pumpkin purée which is tinned.

Butternut Scones
Butternut Scones
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In these tough economic times it may sound like a good idea to use credit. But no matter what, this is not helpful in the long run. In South Africa we have very strict credit rules. But still people are able to get personal loans and credit cards with access to more than their monthly salary. Banks make money off what you owe, and interest rates are high. Even more so for credit cards. I was recently in a conversation with someone on how to reduce their credit card debt. Keeping in mind I am not a financial adviser, just a good saver, I told her what I would do. She owes a fair amount on her credit card. Her family advised her to pay the minimum amount due, which meant she was charged interest. I suggested she pay as much into the card as she could.

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This way, her interest would be reduced. She then needed to spend less on her credit card than she had put in. It would mean living frugally for a few months. But she would be reducing her debt at a quicker rate. And once her credit card was down to a nil balance she could continue to use it. Within her budget and income of course. And then pay it off in full each month. Living frugally can mean different things to different people. To me it means taking advantage of specials, paying for 2 items and getting 1 free. For someone I know it means going on luxury trips and taking their own alcohol. For other people it might mean cutting back on expensive grocery items, or special treats. Horses for courses as the saying goes. What is your definition of living frugally?

Butternut Scones


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Butternut Scones

These rustic scones are a great way to get extra vegetables into your lunch box
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 9 scones


  • 200 g flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 7.5 mls baking powder, sifted
  • 2.5 mls fine salt, sifted
  • 0.625 mls cayenne pepper, sifted
  • 5 mls dried rosemary
  • 125 g cooked butternut, peel removed and mashed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 10 mls milk, plus extra for glazing


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Place the flour, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl
  • Add the rosemary and mix to combine
  • Place the butternut into a small bowl and add the egg and use a fork to combine
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the butternut and cheese
  • Use a butter knife and mix to form a dough
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a square, 2 cm high
  • Cut into 9 pieces and place onto a lined baking tray
  • Glaze with milk and place into the oven
  • Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven
  • Place onto a wire rack to cool

This is my first submission to International Scone Week 2023. If you want to take part, please see this post.

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23 thoughts on “Butternut Scones

  1. *smile* Well, being as rustic as I am in baking perchance these so-called rustic scones could be managed and surely would be enjoyed without a sense of sinfulness ! Like my favourite rosemary and the touch of cayenne . . .

  2. The incorporation of butternut squash into the classic scone is a brilliant idea that adds a delightful twist to a beloved treat. Your detailed instructions make it easy for anyone to follow along and create these delectable scones.

  3. Really nice. I’m sure you’ve heard of Whole Foods. They see organic purées of all kinds of squashes besides pumpkin, and in aseptic cartons with lids, so you can just use part of the carton. Love them all year around. Great for scones, pancakes, stews, sauces, etc. I wish you could find them!

  4. The butternut scones sound delicious Tandy and would imagine they are quite moist too. As much as I love sweet scones I do love savoury. Thank you for hosting this International scone week 🙂

  5. Hi Tandy, living frugally would mean different things to people of different income levels. I think I live frugally because we have no debt and don’t spend extravagantly for our earnings level. We like to save but we do go on holidays to the bush.

    1. Of course, living frugally really depends on your income levels. A person I know is a millionaire and considers her life a frugal one because she doesn’t spend money on treats!

  6. Tandy, I would have to say that when we were first married we lived extremely frugally because our goal was to buy a house. Neither of our families were in a position to give us money for a downpayment so we were on our own. We were young ( I was 21 and hubby 23) and just out of college. My husband had college loans to pay as well. We drove an OLD car, never ate out, did not pay for services because we did things ourselves, grew a vegetable garden in the summer and I cooked all our meals. We bought a simple home near a college and made a section of the house to rent to students during the school year. Eventually we moved to a big home, stopped renting to others, and lived less frugally but still carefully. Today we are retired and spend freely but I don’t waste money either. Your butternut squash scones sound interesting and look good.

  7. wow I’m amazed someone would tell a person to only pay the minimum amount on their monthly credit card bill. how odd! You’d never pay it off. Pumpkin scones sound great. We had a famous female pollie who was also famous for her pumpkin scones. When I saw the title here, I thought it was a recipe with nuts! reminds me of the butternut snap biscuits we have here. you do mean butternut squash?

  8. Tandy these look great. I’ve made sweet pumpkin scones, but not the savoury ones, must give yours a try. The older I get, the easier it is to live frugally it seems, we just need less, and I am with you, buying two for one, shopping for specials etc. Tandy, I’m not fishing for comments, but have you received my two latest posts, the Sultana and Apple scones and the Chinese Chews. There seems to be inconsistency with people receiving my blog posts, and I’m worried my email distributor is falling down on the job. Do you normally receive my blog posts by email? Hope you are well. You are doing a great job with hosting the Scone Week.

    1. Hi, I have not seen your previous two posts. I have a blog feed I use so maybe there is an issue? However, if you had linked your scones recipe to my post it should have shown up on my side as I have link approval on my site 🙂

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