I went to the orchard recently to get some fresh apples and pears. While there I noticed some recipes that were available using some of the products they were selling. On looking through them I came upon this one for scones that included chopped fresh pears. Unusual, I thought, and worth trying out. The recipe also called for ground ginger, but I knew immediately that I would put in some crystalized ginger, because pears need something with a little zing to enhance their flavor, and also just because I love candied ginger and use it whenever I can work it in. The recipes were free for the taking, so—I came home and soon began to bake these scones. There is no rolling of dough or cutting involved. They are simply dropped by the 1/4 cupful onto a baking sheet. Quick. Easy. Try them!
OATMEAL PEAR SCONES
YIELD: Makes 10 dropped-style scones
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped crystalized ginger (optional, my addition)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup unpeeled, finely chopped pear
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, i.e. flour through salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, egg and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients all at once. Mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Gently stir in pear.
4. Place 10 1/4 -cups of dough on the baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 17 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Adding the crystalized ginger worked out very well. It added an occasional sharp little bite to a very nice, not too sweet accompaniment to coffee. I’m so glad to have found this recipe. I think you will enjoy it, too.
SOURCE: Courtesy of Belltown Hill Orchards