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Pear Chocolate Scones

Pear Chocolate Scones

The melancholy part of winter has arrived for me. After so many months spent in my small one bedroom apartment, working and sleeping, I feel cooped up without an escape. The weather has been frightful, with temperatures in the negative numbers and windchills even lower. Lately, though, no one bats an eye at the forecast anymore. Perhaps we are becoming one with the arctic.

On days like these I wonder what it would be like to live where winter weather doesn't mean that one needs to bundle up from head to toe to stay alive when they walk out the front door.

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In the summer, the sun casts a golden light on the world. The feeling of the sun on the face warms the skin all the way down to the soul. In the winter, the very same sun has a sharper edge. I no longer welcome the sun as before, wishing for cloudy skies instead. The sun's light is harsh, reflecting off the white ground with a blinding intensity. The sun no longer warms, but leaves a bittersweet reminder of the summer months so far ahead and so far behind.

Oh, those winter blues...

Pear Chocolate Scones

On a snow day from school this week, I made a cup of tea and turned on the oven to bake. With the wind blowing its fiercest, I rolled up my sleeves and mixed up a warming batch of scones. Scones are simple fare and this recipe is no exception. The act of mixing together the ingredients by hand, cutting in the butter and forming the dough with my fingers and palms, have a healing effect.

The melancholy air lifts and, for a few moments, I can enjoy my creation in peace.

Pear Chocolate Scones

Pear Chocolate Scones combine subtle flavors in a breakfast treat. Ripe pears are diced up and folded into a basic scone recipe with a few chocolate chunks. The choice of pear is of little consequence—Bartlett, Bosc, or Red pears will do. When finished baking, the scones emerge flaky and ready for tasting. The scones are best enjoyed the day they are prepared.

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Pear Chocolate Scones

Yields 8 scones

2 cups (250 grams) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (56 grams) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold butter, cubed
3 medium sized ripe pears, diced
4 ounces (113 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, cut into small chunks
1 large egg
2/3 cup (158 ml) cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender or your hands until mixture resembles coarse sand. Gently fold in diced pear and chocolate chunks. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, and vanilla extract. Add the majority to the scone mixture and stir gently until incorporated. If the scones are still dry, add the remaining liquid. Otherwise, discard it.

On a lightly floured surface, form the dough into a ball and flatten it until it is about 1-inch thick. Using a sharp knife dipped in flour, cut 8 equal pie wedges. Brush with cream and sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top of the dough for extra sweetness. Transfer scones to a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Reader Comments (22)

What I hate about this kind of year is the grey murkiness - I think I could cope if there were blue skies and sunshine but they're not and it does just get to you after a while. Baking is my salvation too especially something like scones. Beautiful.
01.20.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
The melancholy part of winter is the worst! Comfort food is the best for these scones!
I am on the other side of the world and let me say I am having the summer blues... I miss winter as I am sweating and siting in a cold bath to keep cool. I guess we want what we can't have.

I love scones especially ones with fruit. Such a classic combo but delicious none the less. They look perfect for a winter cheer up.
Well, I live in NorCal, so I can say that endless reasonable warmth is not all it's cracked up to be. I miss real winter! Snow! Wind! Holidays that actually feel holiday-ish in some way! Being able to wear long sleeves more than 5 months per year! Clearly the grass is always greener, etc., but still. In any case, these scones sound wonderful--definitely perfect with a gigantic mug of hot coffee. :)
01.20.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Oh, I hate cold weather. Every single day I wish that I lived in a warmer climate!
There is winter baking, though - so that makes up for some of it. These scones look phenomenal! The combination of chocolate + pear sounds like something I could easily get very addicted to.
Pinning this!
01.20.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie
These look amazing. It's summer here in Australia and I cannot wait for winter so I can make these!

01.20.2014 | Unregistered Commentererin
This time of year is the hardest for us in the cooler states. Without the romantic charm of the holidays hanging over us, the cold and snow just seem suffocating. Ugh. Although, I do still love the sun in the winter - perhaps because it makes such few appearances around here in these months.
Looks tempting.. thanks for sharing :)
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHari Chandana
This looking so YUMMY. I love this chocolate Scones.
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterYead
Gorgeous! These look SO good!
01.21.2014 | Unregistered Commentersara
I live in Alberta and it seems like winter never ends. I get huge cravings for carbs and comfort food when it's so cold outside and these scones would be just the thing I need (or want). Thanks for including the metric measurements!
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Pear and chocolate is SUCH a fab combination. I remember this lady in France used to make pear and chocolate tart... it was swoonworthy. As are these! x
01.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha
I love that wooden dish, it looks really great with the scones and it really gives me the idea of a day in, when it;s cold outside.
01.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJuliette
this looks totally delicious. last weekend i was trolling the internet for a scone recipe, and im so happy you posted one, especially with CHOCOLATE!!
01.24.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfrancesca
These look absolutely AMAZING! Love the flavor combination. Pinned!
These look positively lovely. Pear and chocolate is such a fabulous combination!
01.25.2014 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie
i just made these! i substituted spelt flour for whole wheat, reduced it by half a cup, used earth balance in place of butter, and agave nectar instead of sugar. these were delicious!! a huge huge hit. thank you!
01.29.2014 | Unregistered Commenterchaya
these look delish- love the pear and chocolate combo, so french
02.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
I was just wondering if you gently poached or stewed the diced pear first. I am just a little confused because your recipe doesn't say so, however, the second picture in the post looks like you did. Kind regards.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGHG
GHG-- The pears should not be poached or stewed beforehand. If they are ripe, they will bake up just beautifully without other preparation.
03.22.2014 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Thanks so much Kristin. I thought this may be the case, as ripe pears generally don't need poaching or stewing before baking. I just thought I would check, as I was considering if it was necessary since scones only take about 15 - 20 minutes in the oven. : )
03.25.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGHG

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