Fall is just around the corner, and there’s no better to welcome the new season than with some delicious baking. We at the Clog have a tasty recipe that captures the essence of fall: maple nut pear scones complete with pear butter. This recipe is simple and satisfying, and will make your roommates love you. Try it out!
3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/s tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, cut into squares
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 tsp. maple syrup
1 cup pears, peeled and diced
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 large, ripe pear, cored, peeled, and mashed
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 tbsp maple syrup
For the pear butter:
- Simmer the mashed pear in a small saucepan over medium to low heat until thick (about 15 minutes).
- Let it cool slightly, then add butter and maple syrup and combine.
- Let it cool at room temperature until the mixture hardens, or place in the refrigerator until serving.
For the scones:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine all the dry ingredients except for 1/2 teaspoons of the sugar.
- Add cubed butter and blend with your hands until the butter is the size of peas. You may also use a pastry cutter to do this.
- Stir in buttermilk, maple syrup, pears and pecans.
- Mix until combined, then place mixture onto a floured surface. Knead gently until the dough is smooth and holds its shape.
- Press or roll the dough into a circle of your desired thickness and width (we recommend 10-11 inches).
- Cut into 10 wedges with a sharp knife. Transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the dough with the remaining 1/2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm with the pear butter.
Recipe modified from Raley’s Extra Magazine.
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Contact Bridget Hanzalik at [email protected].