Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

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Yields:
16 scones
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
10 mins 375°F
Cool:
to 5 mins
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Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

Ingredients
1 3/4
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon peppercorn melange or whole black peppercorns, cracked
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/3
cup butter
2
eggs
1/4
cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
1/4
cup buttermilk or sour milk*
1/2
cup chopped, peeled fresh pear, patted dry with paper towels
 
Peppercorn melange or whole black peppercorns, cracked (optional)
1
cup Pear Conserve

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pepper, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  2. In a small bowl beat eggs lightly; stir in cheese and buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened. Fold in pear.
  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Quickly knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll the dough into an 8-inch square. Cut into 16 squares.
  4. Place scones 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with additional cracked pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer scones to a wire rack. Serve warm. If desired, serve with Pear Conserve.

From the Test Kitchen

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare and bake scones as directed. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap cooled scones in heavy foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Bake the wrapped, frozen scones for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Pear Conserve

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups chopped, peeled fresh pears
1/2
cup water
3
tablespoons lemon juice
1
1 3/4 ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin
1 3/4
1/2
cup golden raisins
1/3
cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/4
teaspoon ground mace or cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan combine pears, the water, and lemon juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and golden raisins. Return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in nuts (if desired) and ground mace or cinnamon. Cool slightly. Ladle into an airtight storage container. Cover; seal.
From the Test Kitchen

Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

(Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve)
    Per serving:
  • 167 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 38 mg chol.,
  • 164 mg sodium,
  • 28 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 15 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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