When I was contacted by Fruitdrop a couple of weeks ago to see if I would like to try one of their fruit boxes I just couldn't wait to get creating (and devouring all the fruit of course...very good for the bump). I knew I wanted to make some sort of scone, something that would come together easily...but that would be something a little bit different. I didn't know what fruit I was going to receive so I had to wait and see.
When I saw that there were pears in the fruit box I knew they were destined for the scone recipe. These scones are sweet but could easily be savoury. Pear and Walnut are a classic combination and add a subtle sweetness. I used my basic scone recipe (why mess with a good thing) and added chopped pear and walnut...it's as easy as that.
350g all purpose flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
113g cold butter, diced
160ml buttermilk, milk, or single cream
90g pear, diced (not too ripe)
35g walnuts, roughly chopped
splash of milk and handful of Demerara Sugar for topping (optional)
PRE HEAT Oven to 220C
In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder, granulated sugar and salt.
Gently rub through butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Toss through pear chunks and walnuts.
In a small bowl or measuring jug beat together egg and milk. Add this to flour mixture and working quickly combine until the dough comes together.
Turn out onto lightly floured board and pat dough into a disc about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Cut out rounds (I use a 1.5inch cutter) and place on a lined baking sheet about an inch apart.
*Optional* Brush some milk (or an egg wash) over the top of each scone and generously sprinkle with Demerara Sugar.
Bake in preheated over 12-15 mins until golden on top and bottom.
Cool and enjoy.
These scones aren't overly sweet and taste great with a smear of butter and a slab of really mature cheddar.