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Ginger-Pear Star Scones

Makes: 30 servings
Serving size: 1 2- to 2-1/2-inch scone
Prep 30 mins Bake 400°F 8 mins  per batch
Ginger-Pear Star Scones
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2  tablespoons  packed brown sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  baking powder
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/3  cup  butter, cut up
  • 1  cup  finely chopped Bosc pear
  • 2  eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3  cup  whipping cream
  •  Whipping cream
  •  Freshly grated nutmeg and/or finely chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
  • 1  Recipe  Spiced Butter
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon grated or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pear. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine eggs and 2/3 cup whipping cream. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.

3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Divide dough in half. Lightly roll or pat half of the dough at a time into a 7-inch circle. Using a 2- to 2-1/2-inch star-shape cutter, cut out scones. Reroll scraps to cut additional scones.

4. Place scones 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with additional whipping cream. If desired, sprinkle with additional grated nutmeg and/or ginger. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with Spiced Butter.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Prepare scones as directed. Place cooled scones in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw at room temperature. If desired, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place scones on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until warm. Serve with Spiced Butter.
Spiced Butter

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1  tablespoon  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
Directions

1. In a small bowl stir together sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir in butter until combined. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (Ginger-Pear Star Scones)
  • Servings Per Recipe 30,
  • cal. (kcal) 119,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 35,
  • sat. fat (g) 5,
  • carb. (g) 11,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 20,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 109,
  • Potassium (mg) 33,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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