Lady Flo (Florence) Bjelke-Petersen is famous for a number of things. She was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 1993. She is the widow of the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who was Premier from 1968 to 1987. But she is most famous of all for her pumpkin scone recipe.
In an interview in 1994 for the Australian Biography project, Lady Flo said,
As far as the pumpkin scones are concerned I’ve had a lot of very good publicity. A lot of people said to me, ‘But Florence do you really like being connected with pumpkin scones?’ I said, ‘Look’, I said, ‘They helped me relate to women who make scones and men who eat them and when you’re in politics that’s all the people, you know, who vote for you’.
Lady Flo says that when Prince Charles came to Australia in 1983 with Princess Diana, he asked about her pumpkin scones, saying his mother, the Queen, told him about them.
After harvesting the first pumpkin of the season from the garden, today I made Lady Flo’s pumpkin scones for the first time. I must say, I’m impressed. They are both light and moist, and are the most beautiful yellow colour. Forgoing my usual choice of golden syrup with scones, I made whipped cinnamon butter, which was a lovely accompaniment.
I won’t reproduce Lady Flo’s recipe here because it’s not mine to share, but you can find it on the ABC website.
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Beat all ingredients using an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.