Gluten free Pear and Walnut Scone

Pear and Walnut Scones (gluten free with dairy free options)

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Pear and Walnut Scones (gluten free with dairy free options)

Pear and Walnut Scone from Hardlybored.com

Pear and Walnut Scone from Hardlybored.com

So I got up this morning with a sweet craving.
I was thinking I bowl of cereal, or some oatmeal, but nothing really sounded quite right.

While I was thinking about it I went out to check the trees in the yard after last nights storm. I found my pear tree had actual pears on it!
Beautiful ripe pears.
If you know me in real life you know I kill plants.
Trees included.
Really, my kids tease me about it. Plants actually fear me!
My mom is an amazing gardner.
I am the exact opposite.
So it is a big deal that something in my yard not only has survived my care it actually made fruit!

This pear and walnut scone, it is moist, flavorful, not too sweet and exactly what I wanted.
There are bits of crisp fresh pear combined with crunchy chunks of walnut.
The 2 ingredient orange icing on top add just the perfect amount of sweet.
If you don’t want the icing leave it off, and feel free to top it with a granulated sugar before baking if you want the same sweet and a little extra texture.

A side note, I used King Arthur Gluten free Multi-purpose flour, this is my 1st time using it. I am impressed! It doesn’t have a grainy texture, no slime at all and the finish product doesn’t taste gluten free. I will be using it again! 

Pear and Walnut Scones (gluten free with dairy free options)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 8

Software
2 1/2 cup King Arthur Gluten free Multi-Purpose flour + 1/2 cup for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick butter or 8 tbsp shortnening cut into small chunks
3/4 cup plain non-dairy milk with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or vinegar added (you can use milk here too)*
1 tablespoon honey, agave nectar or maple syurp
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 small pears
2 teaspoon lemon juice, (one small lemon)
2 teaspoon brown sugar

Hardware
baking sheet lined with parchment
medium mixing bowl
*Liquid measure cup 2 cup or larger
dry measuring cups and spoons
knife
cutting board
(optional) peeler, flexible mat
bench scraper or large knife
small bowl (a least a cup)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 F. Prep your baking sheet and set aside.
Peel your pears and chop them into small chunks then in the small bowl combine them with the lemon juice and sugar then set aside.
Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and xantan gum into your mixing bowl, add the chunked butter and work it into pea sized pieces with your fingers.
In the measuring cup with the milk add the eggs and honey and stir to combine.
Add the liquid to the dry and mix to combine.
Fold in the pears and walnuts, then allow to sit for 5 minutes then turn the mix out onto a flexible mat or clean counter that has been dusted with about a 3rd of the remaining flour.
Top with another 3rd of the flour and press to about an inch thick circle, add the remaining flour if you need.
Cut into roughly 8 equal pieces with your bench scraper or knife and move to the baking sheet.
Bake at 375 for between 25 and 30 minutes or until they turn light brown around the edges and across the top.
Remove from the oven and top with the 2 ingredient orange icing. (see below)

 2 Ingredient Orange Icing

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Serves: tops 8 scones

Software
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice*

Hardware
small mixing bowl
measuring cup and tablespoon measure
whisk

Instructions
Put measure ingredients into the bowl and whisk until smooth and combined. Yes, it is that easy.
* You can use another juice you have on hand, if you want a vanilla flavor add 1 teaspoon vanilla and then 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of milk or a non dairy milk in place of the orange juice.

These keep for 3-4 days at room temp. You can use other fruits, leave out the nuts or whatever works for you. They would be yummy with Blueberry and almonds or orange and walnut. You could even do apple pecan! Feel free to change them to what makes you happy. Life is too short to be unhappy.

Enjoy!

 

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