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Brown Butter Scones with Roasted Pear & Dark Chocolate

As we’ve established, I love pears, and one of the flavor combinations I love best is pear with dark chocolate. A couple months ago I made a delightful brown butter cake with pear and bittersweet chocolate, which was quite a revelation, flavor-wise. So a couple days later I tried out these pear and dark chocolate scones, but decided to tweak the recipe a little and add in that brown butter flavor.

pear brown butter scones finished

Brown butter really does add another layer of flavor to things, but it’s an extra step in baking so you can decide to just use all cold butter instead (they’ll probably be a little fluffier).

pear brown butter scones pears roasted

Preheat oven to 375°F. Peel and core the pears, and cut into small chunks. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the pear chunks on it. Roast until they feel dry to the touch and look a little browned underneath, about 20 minutes.

Cool til lukewarm, but leave the oven on. Go ahead and line baking sheet with another piece of parchment.

pear brown butter scones brown butter

While the pears are roasting, brown the butter so it has time to cool. In a tiny saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and keep heating and stirring (scraping the bottom to make sure there aren’t brown bits) until it turns a lovely golden brown. Don’t have the heat too high for this, around a 5 on my stove probably. Cool to room temperature.

pear brown butter scones dry ingredients

Whisk the flour, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar and salt together in the large bowl.

pear brown butter scones butter

With a pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients, they should be tiny, tiny bits.

pear brown butter scones wet ingredients

Add the cooled pear chunks, buttermilk, cooled brown butter, almond extract, and 1 egg. Stir very gently until just combined, but don’t overmix.

pear brown butter scones chocolate

Stir in the chocolate chunks. If you have baking chocolate or from a bar, chop that up and use it. I thought I had it but came up empty, so I used dark chocolate chips instead.

pear brown butter scones dough

pear brown butter scones dough2

Heavily flour a counter and pour the dough out onto it, gathering into a ball and then patting out into a round shape. It should be about a half-inch thick.

pear brown butter scones dough sliced

Cut into wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet at least two inches apart.

pear brown butter scones ready to bake

If you’re using an egg wash (which I was too lazy to do this time, but highly recommend), whisk the remaining egg in a small dish with 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt. Brush each scone with the egg wash and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar.

pear brown butter scones baked

Bake scones until firm and golden, about 20-30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

pear brown butter scones finished2

pear brown butter scones finished closeup

These were such a good flavor combination, though a little crispier than I like in the outside of a scone. I may play with the browned butter/cold butter ratio—the browned butter flavor didn’t really come through, but the cold butter is what makes it fluffy and light, so both elements are important.

Brown Butter Scones with Roasted Pear & Dark Chocolate

  • About 2 firmish pears (original recipe called for 1 lb., but I found that a bit excessive)
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar plus extra (or separate turbinado) for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of browned butter, cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk (or heavy cream)
  • 1 (scant) tablespoon of almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips or pieces (or semisweet or bittersweet if you prefer)
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 extra for an egg wash if you would like to use it

Heat oven to 375°F. Peel and core pears. Cut into 1-inch chunks. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange pear chunks on parchment and roast until they feel dry to the touch and look a little browned underneath, about 20 minutes. Slide parchment paper with pear chunks onto a cooling rack (or onto a plate in the fridge or freezer to speed this up) and cool to lukewarm. Leave oven on. Line baking sheet with another piece of parchment.

In a tiny saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and keep heating at about 4-5 on your stove until it browns, stirring constantly to scrape any brown bits off the bottom. Cool to room temperature.

Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar and salt) together in the large bowl. Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender, then gently stir in the cooled pear chunks, buttermilk, cooled brown butter, almond extract, and 1 egg. Don’t overmix. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

On a well-floured counter, pat out dough into a round shape, about a half-inch thick. Cut into wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet at least two inches apart. If using an egg wash, whisk the remaining egg in a small dish with 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt. Brush each scone with the egg wash and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake scones until firm and golden, about 20-30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Original recipe here

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