Does this ever happen to you? You run out to do some errands around lunchtime and haven’t eaten anything since breakfast. You strategize the route you will take so that you’ll pass by your favorite bakery for a little snack.
Except traffic is backed up for three stoplights, so you forgo the bakery and take an alternate route to continue your errands. You realize your errands are done and you find yourself driving homeward, absentmindedly daydreaming about food that you could pick up for lunch which would only require you to drive a little bit out of your way, even though you know you have plenty to eat at home. And you daydream and daydream…
Chipotle burrito – seaweed salad – cheesecake – croissants – a pulled pork bbq sandwich – pizza – burger and fries – pad thai – sushi – cinnamon bread – frozen yogurt – peanut butter cookies – Chinese food – fresh pasta – poached pear chocolate chip scones -
And suddenly you realize you are driving well under the speed limit and the line of cars getting impatient at the slow person at the front are directing their passive aggressive sighs at you. Oops!
…Wait a minute…
Poached pear chocolate chip scones? I’ve never had those. Why, praytell, might I be craving them now?
Intrigued, I felt my foot give the accelerator a little more gas and took it as a sign from the daydreaming gods that I simply must be destined to make these scones for my lunch today. And as
luck destiny would have it, I had some poached pears in the fridge that I had made for use in our breakfasts this week (read more about our breakfast routines here).
I made my standard scone recipe and added in a diced poached pear and a handful of chocolate chips. And on this rainy, dreary day – a day when the damp-furred doggies look pitiful and resign themselves to taking naps next to each other to warm up since playing outside is no fun at all- this experiment in scones was warm and comforting (and smelled divine) alongside my plate of ham and goat cheese. So in case your day could use some heart-warming, please make these scones, especially if you have recently poached some pears.
Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2 cups flour (all-purpose is fine, but you can also use half cake flour, half all-purpose for an even lighter, fluffier scone)
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar*
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk together dry ingredients.
*You can make vanilla sugar yourself. After you’ve scraped out the seeds from a vanilla bean, drop the pod into a container and cover with sugar. Let sit for a couple days (or as long as needed). If you don’t have vanilla sugar on hand, you can use regular sugar.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup heavy cream
1 poached pear, diced (mine were poached in black cherry juice, red table wine, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, but you can poach yours however you’d like)
small handful chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, though any will do)
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender (my preferred method), or by pulsing a couple times in the food processor. Add the cream, and mix together gently with a spatula until dough starts to come together. Gently fold in diced pear and chocolate chips. Turn out onto counter and knead ever-so-briefly, until dough comes together. Pull and push dough into a rough circle (about 1-inch thick). Cut into 8 wedges (and cut each wedge in half, if you’d like smaller scones). Bake 15 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes before eating.
Optional: Before baking, paint the tops of each scone with some egg wash (1 egg, beaten with a little water or milk). Top with some sanding sugar. Or not.
How now, what say you? What foods do you daydream about while driving? Or when it’s raining? Are you thinking about poaching some pears just so you can make these? (You should). Do tell.