This recipe other than the glaze is Bobby Flays. My husband saw him making these on one of his shows and asked if I would find and make them. I'm so glad I did, as they turned out beautiful. I couldn't try them, but I trust his judgement when he said they were awesome. I do know they were very moist. I added a bit more cranberries and changed the original maple butter to my maple glaze. What a hit!
1Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
2Whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the wet mixture to the dry along with the cranberries and candied ginger. Mix until it is all just combined (do not over-mix or the scones will be tough).
3Transfer to a lightly-floured surface and knead the dough gently 4 or 5 times. Pat the dough into a circle that is about 8 inches round and about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut the circle in half, and then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles).
Place the scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with the heavy cream.
4Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before serving.
5For the glaze:
Whisk cheese until creamy, add remaining ingredients and whisk until creamy and all sugar has dissolved.