Spiced Pear and Oat Cream Scones


Pear and Oatmeal Scones

I’ve made the executive decision (in life) that A Christmas Story is the least cozy, most scary and creepy Christmas movie to have ever been produced. Between the father with the weird leg-lamp fetish, the obsession about Turkey dinner to Ralphie’s mom actually punishing them with a gigantic bar of soap? WEIRD.

Then, why do I insist on catching it on TBS every.single.year, you ask? Well, maybe it’s because their Christmas isn’t that idyllic, unreachable type of image Pinterest vomits at you. Instead, it’s real life, in a I-live-in-Indiana-in-the-40s kind of way.

I appreciate the Christmas realness, man.

But if I’m being frank, I hope your Christmas morning looks nothing like the one straight out of A Christmas Story. That’s just scary.

Rather, I hope it’s somewhere between Ralphie’s scary Christmas morning and the one Martha Stewart makes happen in her Connecticut home.

These scones deserve a place to be a part of said morning (or any morning when slowness flourishes) because they’re ridiculously good…AND because they’re probably the last “spiced” thing I’m going to be consuming for a lil’ bit.

The dough is loaded with rolled oats, crunchy pears (that when baked turn into the perfect amount of tender), spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

I love dhese things!

When I egg washed (currently my fav verb), I took advantage and topped them off with a heavily sprinkling of rolled oats and turbinado sugar.

I recommend this.

Happy Christmas, my friends!!

I hope it’s merry, food-filled, family-filled and peaceful.


Spiced Pear and Oat Cream Scones

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats, plus more for topping
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
5 tablespoons (or 2.5 ounces) unsalted butter, cold
1 cups diced bartlett (or any firm) pears (about 1 pear)
1/2 cup cold sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Egg wash:
1 large egg
Splash of whole milk or water

Rolled oats
Turbinado sugar

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place flour, rolled oats, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in large bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.

3. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, large egg and vanilla extract.

4. Using a box grater, grate the cold butter into the flour mixture. Working quickly, and using your hands, mix the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in diced pears, being sure to coat them in the flour mixture.

5. Pour the sour cream mixture into the dough and mix until the dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

6. Transfer dough and all dry, floury bits to a liberally floured countertop and knead dough by hand just until it comes together into a rough, slightly sticky ball, 5 to 10 seconds. Pat the scones flat to a 1-inch thickness. You can cut the scones into 8 wedges or you can use a biscuit cutter. I did the former and ended up with 8 triangular scones. Place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Beat an egg with a tablespoon of milk together and brush the tops’ of the scones with the egg wash. Top scones with a sprinkling of rolled oats and turbinado sugar.

7. Transfer the baking sheet to the hot oven and bake until scones are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. To make the glaze, mix the confectioner’s sugar together with the milk until smooth. Drizzle atop the warm scones.

Yields 8 scones

Pear and Oatmeal Scones

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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks December 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I’m not even a scone person per se but you just turned me into one – because boy I sure love oats in anything. An spiced pears, oh yum!

  • Reply Robyn December 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

    mine certainly won’ t look like Martha Stewart’s,but it will be a good one.scones look amazing! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Julie December 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

    A Christmas Story is the greatest Christmas movie ever! The father works all day every day for his family and has few pleasures beyond his puzzles which provide him the chance to actually distinguish himself in some way. I mean, the man’s hobbies are puzzles, changing tires quickly, reading the paper, shouting at the furnace, and Christmas turkey dinner. Everyone has a relative who sends terrible gifts (hello, pink bunny suit), and lots of kids raised in the 50s & 60s actually had their mouths washed out with soap. It’s our family Christmas movie not only because its a blast from the past for both my parents, but because its so delightfully demented. Time spent with family is usually pretty bizarre, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Reply Chloe Moon December 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Haha I agree about the Christmas Story!! But the beauty of the marathon is that you can catch it at any point and pick up at that point because you’ve seen it that many times! =)

    These scones look delicious!! =)

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    Ergo – Blog

  • Reply little kitchie December 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    i love all types of scones, and yours look absolutely scrumptious! i love all the oat-i-ness going on here. hope you have a very merry christmas!

  • Reply First Night Design December 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Yum, yum! Merry Christmas to You & Yours!

  • Reply Debbie Pearson December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I have to say I love seeing your posts and all the beautiful unique foods you cook and bake. I am a scone fanatic but never seem to make them myself. I think this may be the motivation I need as these look scrumptious! Wishing you a happy holiday season!

  • Reply amber December 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

    the scones look amazing! should it be 1/4 cup brown sugar instead of 1/4 tablespoons? or maybe 4 tablespoons?

    • Reply Adrianna December 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Should’ve been cup! Thanks for catching it!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Those are some very delightful looking scones!

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Oy, these look good. Merry Christmas Adrianna!

  • Reply gigi December 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    mmmm these look amazing! happy holiday! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Reply Christine December 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Not a big scone fan since they usually are hockey puck-like but these look and from the ingredients seem like they’d be more tender! I’ll have to give them a try since I have 2 small pears I need to use. Merry Christmas Adrianna!

  • Reply Jayne December 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I really really love pears. Very nice combination! I made a pear crumble recently. Very nice 🙂

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend December 26, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Hey… now that you mention it. My whole family doesn’t sing carols around a piano on Christmas night. How did I miss that?! Haha. I think the new age Christmas movie for me is Love Actually. Hope you had a merry Christmas!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Love the addition of pears 🙂 You’re totally right, A Christmas Story is a seriously janky movie!! I don’t know what would be worse though – having a Christmas like theirs, or like the McCalisters in Home Alone (aka huge family running through the airport)… haha. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

  • Reply NikitaP December 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hiya.. hope everyone had a great Christmas! 🙂 Was just wondering how important is the cold sour cream to these scones??
    HAPPY NEW YEAR en avance…!

    • Reply Adrianna December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Nikita, Thanks so much! With scones (and biscuits) you want all of your ingredients cold: cold butter, cold sour cream, cold buttermilk or milk (if using). Using cold sour cream will help with keeping the small bits of butter cold. Those cold bits of butter, when hit by heat in your oven, will create little steam pockets, giving your scones nice buttery layers. Hope this helps!

  • Reply a farmer in the dell December 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love everything about this recipe. Plus I’m a sucker for scones. Trying this recipe this weekend. Thanks!

  • Reply Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up December 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I love scones and pears and spices… these must be for me! Thanks for the recipe. Hope your christmas was fantastic and not scary. 🙂

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    These look amazing! I love a well made scone and the recipe looks full-proof!

  • Reply Carlee Oj January 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

    These are fantastic. I could eat the entire batch on my own.

  • Reply Erin January 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Could I freeze these, before or after baking?

    • Reply Adrianna January 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, you could freeze before baking. Place them the pre baked scones on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until they’re nearly hard, about 30 minutes. Then transfer the scones to a freezer-safe plastic bag. When you want to bake them, simply add a few minutes to their bake time.

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