Pears

Sunday, March 12, 2017
A pride of lions, a herd of cattle, a flock of sheep. Is there a word for a large number of pears?

Whatever the word is, I recently had one on my counter, and it made me very happy. Once I'd made the usual muffins and crisps, though, I still had a couple left over. I needed another recipe before they over-ripened.

I found this scone recipe in the deep recesses of my bookmarks. Adding pears to scones wasn't intuitive, but I loved the way they were partnered with almonds. And scone recipes are so quick and easy, I knew they'd be ready in no time.

The flavours worked as well as I hoped. With the sweetness of the glaze, they make a perfect teatime treat - maybe even breakfast, if you're in the mood for something sweet. I think they'd be lovely even without the glaze.

And I'll make them again, the next time I'm the owner of ... an abundance of pears.

Pear Almond Scones with Honey Almond Glaze
(adapted from Good Life Eats)

For the scones:

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, sliced
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp honey
1 pear, peeled and diced (approximately 1 scant cup)

For the glaze:

1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp honey
a couple of drops of almond extract
about 1 Tbsp milk (to reach desired consistency)
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Cut the mascarpone cheese and butter into the flour mixture until you have coarse crumbs. Mix well and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together egg, milk, almond extract and honey.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Pour in the egg mixture and the diced pear. Gently stir until the dough forms together, then turn it out on a piece of parchment paper placed on a flat surface. Knead it a few times, being gentle to avoid squishing the pears. Flatten into an 8-inch round and transfer dough and parchment paper to a baking sheet. Score into eight equal triangles.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

For the glaze, combine powdered sugar, honey, and almond extract. Add milk until desired consistency is reached. When scones have cooled completely, drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with sliced almonds.


23 comments:

That Girl said...

I've had scones with stone fruit, I beer pear is just as delicious!

Angie Schneider said...

We love scones with seasonal fruit. These pear mascarpone scones look wonderfully delicious, Beth.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds yummy. My husband loved pears and probably would have loved this recipe.

Pam said...

Yum! Our neighbors give us more than our share of pears in the summer, so this recipe is a keeper!

Liz Berg said...

These look amazing, Beth! As soon as Bartlett pears are back in season, I'm making these!!!

Kayte said...

These look lovely, Beth, so elegant and special...just perfect to sit down to and feel a little bit more special that day! Marking this one to try. :-)

Abbe Odenwalder said...

These sound delightful! I love the mascarpone in them and the PEARS! Can't wait to try them but I know I would them all by myself!

Monica said...

Love of the sound of this and they turned out lovely. I wouldn't think soft pears could go into scones but clearly, they can and should be!

Laura Dembowski said...

We have been buying pears at Costco and they have been wonderful. I haven't baked anything, just eaten them as is, but whipping up a treat sounds nice.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Scones are a great way to start the day, especially with pears, the glaze is perfect.

Jemi Fraser said...

Those sound yummy! I never think to bake with pears - although I enjoy them so much! :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Well, there's a peck of pears. :-) (4 pecks to the bushel, of course, so a peck is a fair amount.) Anyway, these scones look wonderful. Truly nice -- thanks.

adina beck said...

I haven't had breakfast yet, so I would love to be able to grab some of those scones through the screen. I have never had scones actually but I am sure I would like them.

grace said...

excellent scones--it's a great flavor combo, and glazes always draw me in! a proliferation of pears, i'd say, but only because i love alliteration. :)

DMS said...

I love pears and scones, but don't think I have ever had them together. This does sound like a tasty treat. Nice that the recipe was so easy and fast too. Yum!
~Jess

Crystal Collier said...

Why do I torture myself by coming here? So hungry... It looks so delicious, but I would never have the patience to make something like that. Not right now.

Gloria Baker said...

I love pears and scones and this sounds and look delicious !

I Wilkerson said...

I love scones too--and how they work with so many different combinations! I am so happy I got over my intimidation about their reputation!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Perhaps you had a peck of pears. :) Your scones sound wonderful and I like how you put a glaze on them.

handmade by amalia said...

These look so tasty. The perfect breakfast. The one time I had... an abundance of pears, I made jam. It was nice.
Amalia
xo

Katerina said...

A lovely combination of pears and scones! perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Caroline Taylor said...

Loving the sound of that honey almond glaze!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Oh, I love a nice glazed scone! Although I don't think I've ever made them myself. These sound delicious.

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