Posted by: Becky | July 9, 2010

Ginger-Pear Scones

I found this recipe at the same time I found the Lavender scones.  These are super yummy too.  The ginger in them gives them a nice kick.  A great way to help wake up in the morning :o) 

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

1/2 cup butter, cut into small chunks

3/4 cup pears, diced and dried

1/3 cup chopped candied ginger (how to make will follow scone recipe)

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten for tops

Preheat oven @425*

In large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Mix in the pears and candied ginger.  Mix in buttermilk, just to blend.  Gather mixture into a ball and gently knead on lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll out till 3/4 inch thick.  Cut out 12 circles with a 2 1/2 in or 3 in cutter (rerolling scraps) Place on baking sheet and brush tops with beaten egg, the sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 12-15 mins until lightly browned and springy to touch.

When I first found this recipe, I looked all over to find candied ginger.  I couldn’t find it anywhere and I wasn’t going to pay to have it shipped up here.  So I googled how to make it myself (i figured it couldn’t be that hard to do)  and found a simple way to make it. 

1 pound ginger

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

In a sauce pan mix water and sugar.  (This is the base for a simple syrup) Cook on mid heat until mixture is well blended. 

While the syrup is cooking peel and cut ginger into 1/4 in slices.  Place ginger slices into pan and turn heat up until the mixture starts to boil.  Boil for about 10 mins and then turn back down to med heat.  Cook for 15-20 mins longer or ginger is very tender.  Then drain/take out the ginger and place in a bowl.  Put about a 1/4 cup sugar in to the bowl and toss to coat the ginger.  Take out and place ginger on to paper towel to finish cooling and dry.  After about and hour or 2 place ginger into an airtight container. 

This candied ginger is great for other things too:

upset tummies

for a treat

or place in other cookie recipes

or use for a garnish

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