Pear Parmesan Scones

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Prep: 15 minutes; Bake: 24 minutes.


Makes 8 large scones

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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 ounces Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup lightly packed)
2 peeled Bartlett pears, shredded, pressed, and drained (about 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream, plus more if needed


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place first 4 ingredients in a food processor, and pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.

2. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in cheese and pear. Add whipping cream, and stir just until combined. (Do not overstir.) If dough is still crumbly, stir in more whipping cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, to bring dough together.

3. Knead dough gently several times with floured hands on a lightly floured surface. (Dough should just come together and not be sticky.) Pat dough into an 8-inch-diameter round, about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 8 triangles with a sharp knife, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

4. Bake at 400° for 24 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.


Karen Barker,


December 2007
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