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These Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate pair the sweet, floral flavor of pear with the complexity of dark chocolate for an easy-to-make treat that’s perfect anytime.

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After last year’s infamous Christmas Morning Scones, I knew I wouldn’t get away with not at least attempting to come up with another equally mind-blowing scone recipe.

I had nothing particular in mind; no single ingredient I was dying to incorporate and no flavor profile I was trying to build. I let my mind wander, and as it did, my eyes came to rest on the bowl of pears on my counter.

That’s all it took.

caramelized pear scones

Soon enough, the sweet, slightly floral scent of caramelized pears was filling my kitchen and I was chopping chocolate, both my face and apron flour-dusted.

And not long after, I was enjoying one of these lovelies with a cup of hot coffee, thinking about how scone-making, like baking in general, is therapy for the soul, especially on a cold near-winter day. It’s a sure cure for whatever ails you.

caramelized pear scones with chocolate chunks

Here’s What You’re Going to Love About This Recipe

  • Simple ingredients with beautifully complex flavors that blend perfectly. Sweet floral pear and vanilla bean are lovely together, and dark chocolate provides a nice contrast.
  • Light, fluffy scones with rich buttery deliciousness. Say goodbye to dense, dry scones! These are light and fluffy with buttery richness.
  • Double (or triple) duty. These are perfect for brunch, a mid-afternoon snack, or dessert.
  • Easy to make! If you’re new to making scones, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make!
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The Best Pear Scones Recipe

Sweetly caramelized and slightly floral-scented pear is the perfect contrast for the complexity of dark chocolate.

Vanilla bean is a flavor accent, hitting your palate after other flavors.

And mahlab is the spice that makes people wonder what the heck is in there that makes these scones so special. (If you’re interested, you can read more about mahlab in my post on Cherry Sauce.)

If you have concerns about dry scones, let me lay your fears to rest. You won’t find dry scones here! These have a moist, tender crumb that will entice you with their sweet aroma before you even take your first bite.

Ingredients in Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate

Caramelized Pear:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Pear (such as Bartlett)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt

Scones:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Ground mahlab
  • Unsalted butter
  • Half and half
  • Vanilla bean paste
  • Dark chocolate

Other:

  • Egg lightly beaten with water (for eggwash)
  • Turbinado sugar

How to Make Pear Scones

Step 1: Make the Caramelized pear

Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the pear, sugar, and salt and cook until the pear starts to caramelize, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool completely.

sauteed pears

Step 2: Make the Scone Dough

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and mahlab in a large bowl.

Cut in the butter with a fork or using two butter knives until it looks like coarse meal. Whisk together the half and half and vanilla bean paste, and stir it into the flour mixture. (The dough should come together, but not be too wet.)

Mix in the cooled pear and chopped chocolate, adding 1 tablespoon additional flour at a time as needed.

Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk. 

Step 3: Chill the Scone Dough

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes in the freezer or 1 hour in the fridge.

Step 4: Shape and Bake the Scones

Preheat oven to 425F; line a baking sheet with a silpat liner.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Cut the circle of dough into 8 equal wedges.

Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with eggwash and sprinkle on the sugar.

Bake until the scones are puffed and light golden brown on top and bottom, about 15 to 17 minutes.

pear scones on silpat baking liner

How to Store Homemade Scones with Fruit

Like most scone recipes, these are best served the same day they’re baked. This is especially true because these scones have pear chunks, which hold moisture and can change the texture of the scones.

However, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day, or in the fridge for up to 2 days. I like the scones reheated in a toaster oven after the first day.

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Tips for Making Pear Scones

  • You can caramelize the pear ahead of time. It needs to be completely cooled before we add it to the scone dough anyway! Feel free to make the caramelized pear up to 3 days in advance and store it covered in the fridge until you make the scones.
  • What to use if you don’t have vanilla bean paste. You can use either 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or use 1/2 teaspoon of the scrapings from inside a vanilla bean.
  • Avoid letting the dough get too warm.  I recommend using chilled butter and half and half. And also, don’t skip the chill time once the dough is made.
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Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Other Time10 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
These Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate pair the sweet, floral flavor of pear with the complexity of dark chocolate for an easy-to-make treat that’s perfect anytime.

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Ingredients
 

Caramelized Pear:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large pear cored and chopped small (I used Bartlett)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/6 teaspoon salt

Scones:

Other:

  • 1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 1/2 tablespoons water, for eggwash
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

For the Caramelized Pear:

  • Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the pear, sugar, and salt and cook until the pear starts to caramelize, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cool completely.

For the Scones:

  • Preheat oven to 425F; line a baking sheet with a silpat liner.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and mahlab in a large bowl.
  • Cut in the butter with a fork or using two butter knives until it looks like coarse meal. Whisk together the half and half and vanilla bean paste, and stir it into the flour mixture. (The dough should come together, but not be too wet.)
  • Mix in the cooled pear and chopped chocolate, adding 1 tablespoon additional flour at a time as needed.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes in the freezer or 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Cut the circle of dough into 8 equal wedges.
  • Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with eggwash and sprinkle on the sugar.
  • Bake until the scones are puffed and light golden brown on top and bottom, about 15 to 17 minutes.

Notes

  • Half and Half Substitute: Instead of half and half, you could use whole milk or cream for this recipe.
  • Make Ahead: You can caramelize the pear ahead of time. It needs to be completely cooled before we add it to the scone dough anyway! Feel free to make the caramelized pear up to 3 days in advance and store it covered in the fridge until you make the scones.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Pear Scones

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on December 14, 2015. It was updated with more information on January 21, 2022.

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10 Comments

  1. I personally think pears are totally underrated. They are so sweet and delicious and go perfect in baked good. I love the idea of them in scones and paired with dark chocolate chunks…heck yes! Sign me up :)

  2. lauren Kelly Nutrition says:

    Scones are my weakness! These look delicious and I love your plates!

  3. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    Everything is better with vanilla bean! I love the looks and sound of your scones. Your photos are so pretty too.

  4. Very tempting! I’m a sucker for scones.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. The Food Hunter says:

    I think they are pretty mind blowing! Happy Holidays!

  6. There’s no denying that you are a scone wizard. Not one speck of dryness in sight.
    It’s hard to decide which to make first with all these wonderful options! I do love pear + chocolate though.
    Beautiful photos Faith! xo

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