Apple and Pear Scones

I’ve missed baking for breakfast on the weekends, but I happily remedied that on Saturday when I made Apple and Pear Scones. I had a pear and buttermilk I wanted to use up, and an apple to spare.

Apple and Pear Scones
Apple and Pear Scones

They were tasty and easy scones to make. I mixed flour, brown and white sugars, baking powder and baking soda, then cut in margarine with a pastry cutter. (I omitted salt because I used the margarine.) At this point I cut exactly 1/2 cup each of the apple and pear, so they wouldn’t have a chance to brown. (You only use half of each fruit, and I kept the apple and pear cut-side-down on the cutting board until I was ready to cut them to serve with the scones.) I carefully mixed the fruit into the flour, being careful to separate the bits of fruit so they wouldn’t be clumped together. I stirred in buttermilk until the dough just came together.

I turned the dough out to a lightly floured surface, patted it into a round, and cut it into 8 wedges. I sprinkled the dough with sugar and separated out the wedges. I baked them in a 375F oven for 20 minutes, instead of 22, since my oven runs hot.

As with most scones, they were best fresh out of the oven. They were tender and moist, and rose nicely. The scones were light and fluffy. The scones had a nice flavor thanks to the brown sugar; the apples and pears were a nice addition to the scone. With the sugar on top of the scones, they were definitely sweet, but not too sweet.

These were easy scones to make, and turned out well. I would make them again.

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