Chai Pear Scones
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Recipe type: Quick Breads - Scones
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black tea, from one regular size tea bag, rubbed between fingertips until finely crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 ounces chilled butter, cup in small cubes
  • 1 cup diced pear
  • 1 cup very cold buttermilk [shake well before measuring]
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a heavy baking sheet with parchment, or oil the 12 spots where the scones will go.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or two table knives to cut in the butter - it should resemble coarse crumbs - some little bits of butter should still be visible.
  4. Taking care not to over-mix, fold in the diced pear and the buttermilk.
  5. Spread a bit of flour on your work surface, and scrape dough out on top. Dust the top of the dough lightly with flour, and flour your hands.
  6. Gently pat the dough into a rectangle, about 6 by 8 inches, squaring edges and corners so they will be nice and straight.
  7. Use a bench scraper or long knife to cut into 12 squares, making 3 cuts along the 8 inch side and 2 along the 6 inch side. You can also cut them with a round biscuit cutter, or cut in triangles.
  8. Place on the sheet and brush the tops lightly with buttermilk, for a nicely browned, glossy top.
  9. Bake for 17 minutes or so, until done and nicely browned. Cool on a rack.
I used bosc pears, but any kind will work as well - they should be ripe, but still a bit firm.
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Serving size: 1 scone
Recipe by The Creekside Cook at