caramelized pear scones

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Caramelized pear scones make the perfect fall breakfast or afternoon treat! Soft and pillowy with nicely golden edges, each bite is filled with fall flavor.

Caramelized Pear Scones

Drizzled with brown butter and cinnamon glaze, you’ll push these scones right to the top of your must-bake list! To make the scones, sauté pears in butter and brown sugar until lightly caramelized. Gently fold the pears into the scone dough, which is nicely spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. Bake until golden, then let cool before scoring into wedges and adding the glaze.

Caramelized Pear Scones

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Caramelized Pear Scones

Caramelized Pear Scones


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Ingredients

Scones

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup diced pears
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg

Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; add pears and sauté until tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and sauté until melted. Remove pears from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a large bowl. Dice butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal; chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together buttermilk and egg in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated. Fold in caramelized pears. Use a floured bench scraper to scrape dough out onto prepared baking sheet; lightly dust dough with flour, flour hands, and pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Score into 12 wedges with floured bench scraper.
  4. Bake 17 to 18 minutes, until golden. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then carefully transfer to wire rack to cool before slicing into wedges. For the glaze, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Whisk together brown butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl until smooth.
  5. Set rack with scones over a piece of wax paper and drizzle with glaze; let set before serving. Scones are best fresh – if not serving immediately, store unglazed in an airtight container and glaze just before serving.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 200

Keywords: Pear, Scones, Breakfast, Brown Butter

Caramelized Pear Scones

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29 comments
  1. Oh my gosh, one I wish I had a list and was organized like you. PLEASe email me with tips! haha! 🙂

    Two, these scones look to die for. Love the caramelized pears!

  2. Wow, I love how you seemed to get a beautifully cake-y scone. And I love that you’ve stepped outside the normal (ahem overused) fall flavors to try something a little different. I love pears and think they could infuse a lot of flavor here!

  3. these look so delicious, Laura! i love anything with pears, and as for scones… yum! i have a “to-make” list that i update constantly too – might just add these to it 🙂

  4. These scones look top of the line. I am extra sensitive to scone recipes, because yesterday I had a really really Sahara Desert dry scone. And I paid money for it. Trajic story. Trajic because I ate the dang thing because I was hungry. What a waste of calories.

  5. You got me curious to try Evernote so I just signed up. I have to play a little bit to see how I can make my life more organized. With so many things going on daily I don’t even remember to put on list or which list I put. So thanks for the introduction. You said this is your favorite – Oh I wish I can try this! The thought of caramelized pear sounds so good… I really love pears in baked goods. THis must be heavenly!!!

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