I’ve only had scones a couple of times and found them to be very dry and crumbly. So I was hesitant to try this recipe but I had a very large Asian pear that would make three servings of fruit, way to much to eat at one time. So this recipe offered me a nice alternative. And, oh my, what a delicious, fluffy, scone! The pear added flavor along with the allspice I used. Asian pears are less juicy and much crisper than other pears like Bosc or Bartlett, they have more of an apple consistency. If you don’t have any Asian pears on hand (they can be difficult to find unless they’re in season which is the late fall), use a very firm pear so that it isn’t too juicy. If you have a riper pear, don’t add as much liquid which would mean none since there’s only a 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk in this recipe.
First, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a medium to large baking sheet with parchment paper. Then make a flax egg by combining:
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons warm water
Whisk to combine and set aside for several minutes until it forms a gel. While that’s happening, grate:
1 very large Asian pear (or two smaller pears), washed, cored, and peeled – want about 1 cup of grated pear
In the bowl of a food processor (or if you don’t have one, into a medium bowl), combine:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup fine date sugar
1 teaspoon spice – cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.
1/3 cup Spectrum shortening (or vegan butter) – without a food processor, use a pastry fork to cut the shortening into the dry ingredients
Pulse until the shortening is combined with the dry mixture. Add:
1 cup grated pear
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
flax gel from above
Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Remove from machine and using a large serving spoon, spoon onto the prepared baking sheet (makes six) and let sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before baking for 15-20 minutes. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can be frozen as well.