Pear & Cardamom Scones

I love scones. They make an excellent breakfast when not too sweet, or a delicious afternoon snack. And once you have a good base recipe you can play with the flavours to find new favourites. I found this recipe in my trusty Cooking Light book, which is where many of my favourite recipes have come from. So far I have fed these scones to my in-laws and some co-workers, and everyone has agreed that they are delicious! Enjoy!

Pear & Cardamom Scones
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 20-25 minutes
Bake temp: 350F

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
3 tbsp chilled butter or margarine
1/2 cup buttermilk or cream (150ml)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup fresh pears, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Combine dry ingredients (flour through cardamom) in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix until crumbly with a pastry blender or your hands.

Combine buttermilk, vanilla extract, and egg. Stir in pears. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until just moist (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 or 5 times. Dust top of dough with 1-2 tbsp flour. Pat into 8-inch circle, and transfer to greased or lined baking sheet. Cut dough into 8 wedges but leave in circle form. Brush egg white over top of dough. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm and try not to eat them all in one go.

pear and cardamom scone

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