Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pear Scones

I love any food that leaves my house smelling like a French bakery. This recipe is no exception. Slightly sweet with a gentle spice, and a soft fluffy texture, these scones will not disappoint!

Serve with jam or homemade preserves and tea and you've got yourself a simply delicious brunch.

Pear Scones

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon orange rind
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup butter, chilled
1 large egg
1/2 cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pear 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
Sift together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture has a crumbly texture.
Whisk together the egg, cream/milk and vanilla in a separate bowl. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined. Stir in the pear.
Drop large spoonfuls of the dough onto an un-greased baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-17 minutes. Rest briefly on a cooling rack before serving.

Makes 18 small to medium sized scones. 
Buen provecho!

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