Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Get Your Chef On ~ Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

I'm was so happy to learn that the required ingredient for this month's Get Your Chef On challenge, hosted by by Julie at White Lights on Wednesday, and Jen from Four Marrs and One Venus is PEARS!

Earlier this month, I participated in the Spiked! Recipe Challenge, where I chose to make Champagne Poached Pear No Bake Cheesecake because of the over abundance of Bosc Pears I have in my fridge. Well, here I am a little over a week later, and I've barely made a dent in the amount of pears I have! I know, I know....this is a good problem to have!

Since I made a dessert for the Spiked! Recipe Challenge, I wanted to make a savory dish for this challenge. Peppered Pear Scones can be eaten as is, or with the Pear Conserve, which elevates the savory scones to the next level! I absolutely love the combination of savory and sweet! Yum!

I know some of you out there are asking yourself, "What's Conserve?" I asked myself this very same question. I knew it had to be a topping of some sort, but wasn't sure of the exact definition. Conserve is a preserve made from a mixture of fruit or vegetables. There, now you know!

Preserves usually contain pectin, so that the mixture can gel. I ended up using less than the original recipe called for, and all turned out fine. I just had to reduce the mixture down a bit. I also replaced the sugar in the conserve with Splenda!

The source of the original recipe is here from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve 

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder  
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, cracked
1/4 teaspoon baking soda  
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter 
2 eggs 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1/4 cup fat-free milk  
1/2 cup chopped, peeled fresh pear
Peppercorn whole black peppercorns, cracked (optional)
1 cup Pear Conserve

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pepper, baking soda, and salt. 

Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.

In a small bowl beat eggs lightly; stir in cheese and milk. 

Add the milk mixture all at once to the flour mixture. 

Using a fork, stir just until moistened. Fold in pear.

Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Quickly knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. 

Pat or lightly roll the dough into an 8-inch square. Cut into 16 squares.

Place scones 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with additional cracked pepper.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer scones to a wire rack. Serve warm. If desired, serve with Pear Conserve.

This recipe makes 16 servings. If you are following Weight Watchers, each scone is 3 Points Plus. With 1 heaping tablespoon of Pear Conserve, each serving is 4 Points Plus.

Pear Conserve

2 1/2 cups chopped, peeled fresh pears
1/2 cup water  
3 tablespoons lemon juice  
1 - 0.4 ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin ($1.59 at my grocery store)
1 cup Splenda
1/2 cup raisins  
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

In a large saucepan combine pears, water, and lemon juice. 

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Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin. Bring back to boil, stirring constantly. Stir in Splenda and golden raisins. Return to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in ground cinnamon. Cool slightly. Store in an airtight container.

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Monica @ M double M said...

Oh I love scones! I bet these are delicious!

Meg said...

One of my favorite things ever are scones. These look very tasty! Will have to give them a try!

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Yum, Kira - I love scones!! I will have to try these! So many great recipes in this challenge - I love it! :) Claire

Winelady Cooks said...

I love scones and this recipe looks delicious. Thanks for also including the WW info. That can be very helpful.

Joanne/Winelady Cooks

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

My goodness do I need some of these! What a yummy treat! Love it! Thanks for cooking it up with us!

Crafty Mischief said...

Ooh yum! Sounds like you're making some good use of those pears!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Yum, those look great! I'm stopping by and following you back now on GFC!

The Sweet Chick said...

I love scones too. I make them a lot. Pepper and Pears is a combo i have not tried yet. Sounds good.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh my my dear those look fab! Everything I want and can't eat on this stupid diet! LOL put when I can I'm so making!!!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

I love scones, but have yet to perfect them! Thank you for this recipe, I'll definetely be testing it out!

Found you over at a Linky party - come check out my blog too if you'd like! I'm your newest follower!!!

Create With Joy said...


I'm delighted to meet you - your recipe looks delicious!

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Have a fabulous day! :-)

Anonymous said...

Yummy! We found you via A Creative Princess Linky Party. We are now your newest Pinterest followers.

Anonymous said...

I love this scones idea! These look fabulous!

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Love that you included the WW points with these. I'm all about anything pear--yum!

Unknown said...

What a great combination. The peppered pear is just awesome. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. said...

I've never had a peppered scone, but I bet they were absolutely delicious with the pear conserve! Thanks for linking up to One Creative Weekend!

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

Amazing Kira!!

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