Chocolate and pear scones


Admit it, I had your attention at 'chocolate' and you also know what a match pear is with chocolate (think no further than pears belle Helene) so this is one combination to add to your scone portfolio. Joy the baker includes a version with chopped candied ginger and if you like ginger as much as I do, add that. Not all my family like ginger (they will eat it if it's 'hidden' but sugared chunks in a scone, well!)

If you haven't come across Joy Wilson aka Joy the Baker, then where have you been ?! She has a big internet presence and in addition to being a creative baker, is a mean food photographer. I should hate her 🙂 take a look at her website, or just follow her on IG if you dread more emails. You won't be disappointed. She brought out her second book last year (2014) homemade decadence and the original recipe is there.

I have adapted the basic recipe for weights ( you know the 'thing' I have about weights!!) and the Thermomix but let's face it these are scones you can whisk them up by hand if you want.

chocolate pear scones

  • Servings: 14
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preheat oven to 220°C/450°F

You'll need

350g plain / all purpose flour

130g ground almonds/almond meal

15g baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

180g unsalted cold butter

220g cold buttermilk

1 egg

2 medium sized pears, chopped

100g good quality, 70% cocoa, chocolate chips. I use callebaut.

(50g chopped candied ginger is optional)

Beaten egg and brown sugar to glaze



Weigh flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda, salt into TM bowl.

'Sieve' by mixing Sp 4 for a few seconds

Add diced very cold butter ( it can have been in freezer) and turbo pulse until fine breadcrumb consistency

Add the buttermilk and egg through the TM lid on sp4 until it has just come together

With reverse blade setting ( you don't want to destroy the pears) add the diced pear and chic chips and ginger (if using). Alternatively just use a spatula to combine.

Remember the golden rule of scones is not to over mix.

Tip out onto a floured surface and use whatever sized cutter you like or use one of those scone plates/tins, as I have here. It is a lazy option because the scones are a bit too large, but you can always divide each scone.

Brush with a little beaten egg and a sprinkle of Demerara sugar.


Pop the scones into the oven for about 15 minutes. If you have cut out tiny ones then check their progress before that- you knew that!

Thank you for dropping in. I love to hear what you think and whether you have tried to make anything you find here. Queries and questions welcome 🙂

Have a sweet day



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes, you did have my attention at chocolate, but really it was the whole title that got me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nowathome says:

    My husband loves scones!! Will have to try it!

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