I recently made a pizza with pears, blue cheese, and prosciutto. Whenever I make a dish with a combination of ingredients that I like, I think about other ways I can use the combination. Scones came to mind, so I tried making a pear and blue cheese version. I was disappointed with the result. I found the blue cheese was a little overpowering for a scone, but I didn’t give up on the pear scone idea. I remembered a pear and cheddar pie that my friend, Bill Pressley, makes that is quite delicious, so I decided to substitute the blue cheese with cheddar.
I was very happy with the result. In the first run with pear and blue cheese, I diced the pears and put them into the dough without cooking. I found that I wanted larger pieces of pear in each bite, so in this version, I cut the pears into larger 1/2 inch pieces. I also precooked the pears in butter and maple syrup for extra flavor. This step is well worth the effort.
I think you’ll really like the pear and cheddar combination. Give this one a try and let me know what you think.
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 tbsp very cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 pears
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
- Course turbinado sugar for topping
- 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- 2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 3. Peel and core pears and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
- 4. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a skillet.
- 5. Add maple syrup and 1/8 tsp salt and stir to combine.
- 6. Add pears to skillet and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
- 7. Remove from skillet and refrigerate.
- 8. Place flour, sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times to mix ingredients.
- 9. Add butter to food processor and pulse until butter is pea sized.
- 10. Pour flour and butter mixture into a large bowl.
- 11. Add cold pears and cheese to the bowl and stir to combine.
- 12. Add 3/4 cup cream and stir to combine.
- 13. Remove dough and place on a floured surface.
- 14. Form the dough into an 8 inch round.
- 15. Cut the dough into 8 wedge shaped pieces.
- 16. Brush top of each scone with cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
- 17. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.