These Cranberry Pear Scones with Orange Glaze are made with fresh Taylor's Gold pears from New Zealand. They're a low carb, vegan treat that'll bring a smile to your morning and some extra joy to your summer. This is a sponsored post brought to you by Taylor's Gold Pears. I was compensated for writing this post, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I have a small confession: For most of my life, pears have been pretty low on the totem pole of my list of favorite fruits. I think it has something to do with a childhood memory of being forced to eat gritty skinned, mealy tasting pears. I have a vague recollection of sitting at the dinner table with a bowl full of them, mushing them with a fork until they turned into something resembling baby food. Of course, that didn't make them taste better, nor did it release me from the parental command to, "...sit there until that plate is clean, Kid."
Because of that melodrama, I've done my best to ignore and avoid pears during my adult life. I've made excuses to dismiss any dishes containing them that were passed my way at a dinner table. Occasionally, I'd get "lucky" and be offered a pear dish that had coconut in it. Food allergies allow for an instant "get out of jail free" card, you know. But I there have been some glorious and beautiful pear recipes around the blogging world, like this one, so I knew that they must taste better than I what I remember them to be. I was left with a bit of a conundrum when I was offered the opportunity to join nine other wonderful food bloggers to do some recipe development with Taylor's Gold Pears. I really wanted to like them, but I was so nervous that I'd accept the job and then hate the pears! As I waited for the shipment of them to arrive, I wondered about the taste. Would they be mealy? Would they have a bitter tasting skin that would once again cause me to fear the fruit?
I'm happy to tell you that the answer is an emphatic "NO!". Ohhh, these pears!
Truth be told, the incredible sweet, melt-in-your-mouth taste and texture of these pears was surprising and nearly mind blowing! They were so juicy and delicious, I almost ate them to the point of over indulgence one afternoon. I'm completely serious... my knife slid through the flesh like it was melted butter. They are crazy good pears! Of course, that made me all the more excited to dig in and start creating recipes with them. The recipe for my low carb, vegan cranberry pear scones is just the beginning of what will surely be a summer filled with pear recipes that you'll find in the pages of this little blog of mine.
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Here's my recipe. Enjoy!
- 3 cups Bob's Red Mill low carb baking mix (or all-purpose flour), plus more for dusting work surface.
- 1/4 cup cup-for-cup sugar alternative
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 ounces cold, unsalted butter, grated or cut into cubes.
- 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 ounces (1/4 liquid cup) orange juice
- 2 tsp grated orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dried low-sugar cranberries (I used Ocean Spray)
- 1 cup pears, peeled and diced
- 2 cups Swerve confectioners sugar
- 3-4 tablespoos orange juice
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Into a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and butter. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers to combine the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Create a well in the center of the ingredients.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together almond milk, orange juice, zest, and vanilla extract. Pour mixture into the well you created in the dry ingredients. Add cranberries and pears and use a wooden spoon or rubber mixing spatula to stir, just until flour is incorporated and mixture is combined. Don't over mix or your scones will be tough and dry.
- Sprinkle a dry work surface with some dry baking mix and turn dough out onto the top of it. Flatten dough with your fingers into a rectangle, with a thickness of 3/4 inch. Use a knife to cut scones into equal sized pieces. Use a spatula to transfer scones to prepared baking sheets.
- Place baking sheets into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until scones are set and golden brown. Meanwhile, use a spoon or whisk to combine glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
- After scones have finished baking, transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before drizzling tops with glaze.
- Best served warm and on the day they were baked.
More Beautiful Recipes Using Taylor's Gold Pears, from the other #loveNZfruit bloggers:
Grilled Pears Filled with Caramel and Chocolate by Cook the Story
Pickled Pear Sorbetto by Pastry Chef Online
Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup by Cooking with Books
Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies by Big Bear’s Wife
Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles by Around My Family Table
Pear Caramelized Onion and Brie Bites by Real Housemoms
White Chicken Naan Pizza with Sauteed Pears & Gorgonzola by Climbing Grier Mountain
- Muddled Pear Moscow Mule by Doughmesstic
Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies by Big Bear’s Wife
Pear Gorgonzola Easy Ravioli by Nutmeg Nanny
You can also check out these awesome pear recipes from other blogger friends of mine:
Baked Cinnamon Pear Slices from 365 Days of Baking
Frozen White Pear Cosmo from A Cocktail Life
Poached Pears from Yummily Yours
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