Spiced Pear Scones

I divulge a recipe I have been hoarding since high school.  I like to call it “the secret family scone recipe” but really it’s your standard recipe that creates the best tasting scones of your life as long as you know which flavors to add.  Feel privileged to have knowledge of this recipe – it took a lot of effort for me to let it go into epic internet.


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 skinned and chopped ripe pear
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped candied orange rind (optional) (can substitute with 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Find an old, soft, battered pear and peal the skin off.  Remove the core and slice the pear into small pieces.

    Grungy old pears I have laying around in my kitchen

    Pears after skinned and chopped

  3. Rub butter and egg into dry ingredients.
  4. Add milk slowly and stir until the dough becomes soft without appearing extremely wet – use only as much as you need.
  5. Add chopped pears and candied orange rind and mix.

    Sampling the batter is not recommended - you will be disappointed. Better to wait for the final product

  6. Form batter into 12 mounds, place on greased baking sheet.

    Make it into a scone-shaped blob

  7. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until scones turn golden brown.

    Should be golden-colored

    It may be comparable to food porn but you know you want to eat it

I went a little buckwild with the spices and added additional cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg.  A little more flavor can’t hurt – especially if you aren’t using candied orange rind.

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