SNUGGLE UP TO THESE CHAI SPICED PEAR SCONES WITH A CUP OF TEA
Chai spices scream winter and combined with pears you’ve got yourself a winning combination which is what inspired these gorgeous Chai Spice Pear Scones topped with toasted almonds.
I decided to keep these Chai spiced pear scones plain and simple without any other added sugary glaze or icing on top of them.
I didn’t want to turn them into a cake type dessert so going with simple pears scones was the direction I took especially since I’ve cut back on my sugar intake the past two years.
These pear scones are wonderful when you want to relax with a hot cup of tea and enjoy a snack or I’ve even toasted them in the morning then topped them with butter.
What to do with pears?
Pears are one of my favourite types of fruits but they must be ripe for me to enjoy the natural flavour.
A hard pear has no flavour at all.
When our son was a baby we used to offer him plenty of pear puree that we simply made with chopped ripe pears and cinnamon.
He LOVED it so pears are great for babies learning to eat and for toddler desserts.
One of my favourite pear appetizers to make is spiced pear puree, triple brie cheese and chopped toasted pecans.
On the side I offer crackers or fresh bread. It’s hard for me to stop eating it.
Seasonal fruits in Ontario
Pear dessert recipes are in abundance if you have a look online but what I’ve learned with fruits and baking easy recipes such as scones is that it doesn’t take much to switch up seasonal fruits.
Instead of using pears you can replace them with apples but using the same scone recipe. I like recipes like this because it then becomes repetitive.
According to the Foodland Ontario website Ontario pears are in season during the months of;
It is during these months where you will find the best prices on pears since they are in season.
I often tell my readers that if they want to create something use seasonal ingredients and flavours.
Since we are pear lovers in the CBB house and my father-in-law just happens to have a few pear trees on his Ontario property we get lots of pears handed over to us each year.
The Bartlett and Bosc pears are two of our favourite types of pears both of which tend to have a hardness to them but both ripped just perfectly.
We also tend to favour these 2 types of Ontario pears in our baked goods because they don’t mush as much and offer a tonne of pear flavour.
Types of Ontario Pears
In Ontario there are 5 different types of pears all of which have different flavours and textures but are equally as delicious.
Five major varieties are grown in Ontario: Bartlett (the overwhelming favorite), Clapp’s Favourite, Anjou, Bosc and Flemish Beauty.
One medium pear (160 g) has about 100 calories, is a good source of fiber and a source of Vitamin C, potassium and folacin.
How to make Chai Spiced Pear Scones
Your home will smell, AMAZING for one but with like any recipes spices often bring out flavours in foods and in fruits.
For many of you who make this recipe you may want to alter the spice part based on your spice preferences.
We tend to load up on the spices because we like to taste them in the scones with the chunks of pears.
Others might want a hint of spices and that’s fine however cut back on the amount the recipe asks for. It’s that easy!
Anytime I make scones I do a few things that helps keep them moist and fluffy and perfect for toasting. Being British I’ve eaten and watched my mum make plenty of scones in my time.
- Always use cold ingredients such as butter cubes, milk, cream etc.
- Always refrigerate before baking to keep the ingredients in that cold state before baking them to a golden brown.
- Less is more so handle with care when it comes to mixing, kneading, forming and cutting your scones.
- 2 ripe medium pears
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar or Truvia
- 1 cup buttermilk (I used 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons white vinegar-mix and set 10 minutes)
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or salt
- 2 tablespoons organic baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of organic baking soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons ground organic cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground fresh nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon ground fresh cardamom
- 3/4 cup of cold cubed butter
- 1 cup toasted almond slices
- 2 tablespoons melted butter for scone tops
- Pre-heat oven to degrees
- Use parchment lined baking sheet
- Make your homemade buttermilk mixture and set aside.
- In a bowl add all of your dry ingredients together sugar, flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt then mix them together.
- Make a well and add the cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter, fingers or butter knives chop or cut the butter into the dry ingredients. The less you handle the better.
- Peel and chop your pears into small pieces.
- Add the pear to the bowl and gently fold in until combined
- Pour the scone mixture onto flour dusted counter or cutting board
- Form the dough into a large circle, gently pat down about an inch or so high
- Cut the scones into 6-8 triangle slices
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes to chill
- Lightly brush the top of the scones with melted butter and then add toasted almond slices on top
- Bake in 375 degree oven until golden brown on top about 20 minutes
- Eat right away or let cool and enjoy.
Pear scones are great when you have pears you can’t manage to eat up before the end up in a puree.
I’ve always been a fan of eating scones straight from the oven. (Just as my mum) Top with lots of butter or even a lovely pear jam.
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