Cheddar Pear Scones

These crumbly buttery scones studded with tender pears are a beguiling sweet and savory breakfast treat. Best served immediately or reheated the next day. Ingredients 1 peeled, cored and diced Bartlett or Green Anjou USA Pear, about ¾ cup 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, preferably white 2 tablespoons whole milk 1 large egg Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the butter and blend using a pastry blender or two butter knives. Add the cheese, milk, and egg and stir until the dough begins to come together, then add the pears. Generously flour working surface and place the Continue reading

Luck ‘o the Irish with USA Pears

So pears and leprechauns might not have too much in common, but I still think you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend with USA Pears. In fact, I often amuse (or annoy?) my family members with my way of bringing pears into the fold. Pear and pancetta crisps at Easter! Pear crostini for a Thanksgiving appetizer! Pear tart for Christmas! You see the pattern… Here’s a roundup of delicious-looking pear scones, which I’m generously interpreting from the original Irish soda bread. The two pastries originated in different countries, but they’re both quick breads, and they’re both quite accommodating of pears. Any of these combinations sounds like a great way to celebrate: Whole Wheat Pear Scones from Marcus Samuelsson Maple Nut and Pear Scones from EatingWell Pear Scones with Almond Glaze from Two Cooks One Kitchen If your festivity-making leans Continue reading