Bet you haven't seen a scone recipe like this on your morning coffee shop stop. The complexity of flavors from pears, cranberries, black pepper and a vanilla bean and pepper butter are unique, to be sure. We think you'll love it.

Colleen Weeden
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line an extra-large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cranberries, finely chopped pear, and walnuts. Make a well in center of flour mixture.

  • In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, 3/4 cup cream, and the vanilla bean paste. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead dough by gently folding and pressing 10 to 12 strokes or until dough holds together.

  • Divide dough in half. Pat each half into a 6-inch circle. Cut each circle into six wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl combine the egg yolk and remaining 1 Tbsp. cream. Brush some yolk mixture over wedges. Arrange pear slices and, if desired, additional cranberries on wedges. Brush with remaining yolk mixture. Sprinkle with additional pepper.

  • Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet; let cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve with Vanilla Bean and Pepper Butter. Makes 12.

Vanilla Bean and Pepper Butter:

In a small bowl beat together until smooth 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean paste.

Nutrition Facts

326 calories; total fat 18g; saturated fat 9g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 4g; cholesterol 86mg; sodium 299mg; potassium 113mg; carbohydrates 36g; fiber 2g; sugar 11g; protein 6g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 558IU; vitamin c 2mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 65mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 100mg; iron 2mg.