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Ginger and Pear Scones Recipe – How to Make it in 12 Simple Steps

You may be wondering, what exactly is a scone? Many people in the United States have never enjoyed the taste of a delectable scone, warm from the oven. Scones are somewhat like a biscuit, and they are often served at tea time in England. Tea time is a light meal that generally occurs in the late afternoon between lunch and dinner.

A basket full of ginger and pear scones.

Ginger and Pear Scones Recipe

April Freeman
Scones sound like a fancy bread that is served in the United Kingdom with a pot of tea and some fancy teacups, but you do not have to go overseas to enjoy a wonderful batch of scones. Our recipe for Pear and Ginger Scones is fruity, slightly sweet, and flavored with the spices of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine British
Servings 8 Scones


  • Large bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Pastry blender
  • Small Plate
  • Paring Knife
  • Spatula
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack


  • 2 ¾ cups Flour
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 2 canned Drained Pear Halves or one whole fresh pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ cup Cold Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanila Extract
  • 1 cup Cold Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Heavy Cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Use a fork or a wire whisk to thoroughly combine the dry ingredients.
  • Next, chop the butter into small pieces. Add the butter to the bowl that contains the dry ingredients.
  • Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture. Continue mixing until the mixture resembles cornmeal with tiny blobs of butter evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
    The butter and dried ingredients are mixed in a large bowl.
  • Put a doubled-over paper towel on a small plate. Place the pear halves on the paper towel and fold the paper towel around the pear halves to blot as much syrup from the pears as you can. Then unwind the paper towel from the pears and then use a paring knife to dice the pear halves into small bits.
  • Using a spatula, put the pears in the dry mixture and stir to combine them into the mixture.
  • Measure the buttermilk in a glass measuring cup and add the vanilla to it, stirring it to combine. Stir the dough just until the scone dough begins to stick together and all of the dry ingredients are moistened. You might not need all of the buttermilk mixtures or you may need a little extra if the dough is too dry. You do not want the mixture to be wet and sticky. Just take your time and add a little buttermilk at a time. However, you don’t want to overmix the dough either, because that will lead to tough scones.
  • Once the dough is just right, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Press the dough into a 7 or 8-inch circle with your hands and cut it into eight equal wedges.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and place the scones on the baking sheet about two inches between each wedge. Put the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
  • When the time is almost up, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush the tops of the scones with one tablespoon of heavy cream.
    The half-cooked scones are covered with heavy cream.
  • Adjust the oven rack so that it is in the center of the oven, and bake the scones for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on top.
  • As the scones are baking, whisk the powdered sugar, the remainder of the cream, and the cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set this glaze aside until it is time to remove the scones from the oven.
    The glazing is mixed in a separate bowl.
  • Transfer the scones to a plate or a wire rack to cool. When the scones are mostly cool, after about 20 minutes or so, you can drizzle them with the glaze.


Scones can be sweet or savory. Savory scones may have cheese, ham, and herbs incorporated in them. Sweet scones sometimes have fruit or spices mixed into the dough, and they may be served with cream or jam. Some scones may have a kind of lightly sweetened glaze on the top to add a bit more sweetness and add to their visual appeal.
Our recipe for Pear and Ginger Scones is a sweet scone that incorporates the flavor and texture of pears and the spices of ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Our recipe calls for canned pears, which work very well in the recipe. However, because canned pears are very juicy, we include instructions to drain and pat the pears dry so as to minimize the amount of extra moisture in the scones. If you have fresh pears on hand, just peel, core, and chop them, and then, you can incorporate them into the scones in the same manner as the canned pears.
The main thing to remember when making scones is to handle the dough gently. No beating or whipping of this dough! Just gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones just until the dough sticks together. Then use your hands to pat and shape the dough into a circle and cut the circle into wedges.
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