Gingerbread Scones with Poached Pears

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These pears, inspired by David Lebovitz's "Living the Sweet Life in Paris" blog, are an ideal accompaniment to a ginger-spiced cake. We've also found that they pair wonderfully with any ginger-type scone. Add a touch of lightly sweetened whipped cream, and you'll have a spicy variation on shortcake.

Gingerbread Scones with Poached Pears

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Published: 09/19/2012



  • 8 scones, homemade or from a mix; our gingerbread scone mix is a good choice here.


  • 4 cups (1 quart) water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • peeled, fresh ginger, to taste; 1 to 2 tablespoons coarsely diced ginger is a good amount
  • peeled rind of 1 orange
  • 4 large pears (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and quartered


  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons reserved poaching liquid from pears


1) To prepare the pears: Heat the water and sugar in a large saucepan until the sugar dissolves.

2) Add the ginger and orange zest and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the pears, and cover with a round piece of parchment.

3) Simmer the pears for about 20 minutes, until tender; they may take shorter or longer depending on how ripe they are, and which variety you choose.

4) Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the pears cool to room temperature in the poaching liquid.

5) Drain the pears, reserving 2 tablespoons of the poaching liquid.

6) To make the topping: Whip the cream with the 2 tablespoons poaching liquid until soft peaks form.

7) Slice the pears lengthwise into quarters. Slice the cooled scones in half horizontally, then sandwich the two halves with a dollop of whipped cream and slices of pear.

Yield: 8 servings.


  • star rating 11/30/2012
  • Betty from Texas
  • Since when did KAF turn into a mix peddler? I got my catalog and excitedly came here to find the recipe you mentioned... only it's a recipe for pears to go on top if prefab scones. Disappointing.
    Sorry for any confusion. We believe our mixes are the best quality you can find on the market, and we're always on the lookout for ways to jazz them up for customers who buy them. You can of course use your favorite recipe with the poached pears if you don't care for the mixes. MJR @ KAF
  • 10/09/2012
  • tamisc from KAF Community
  • How about a recipe for gingerbread scones....
    You probably noticed this recipe uses our Gingerbread Scone Mix (item 3425). We'll add your suggestion for recipe development to our customer observations. Happy Baking! Irene @ KAF
  • star rating 10/02/2012
  • cmartin from KAF Community
  • I haven't tried the recipe yet, but just to weigh in on the timing . . . if you're going to make the scones first, it will take longer than 10-15 min. The recipe still looks wonderful . . . though I might be tempted to mix some room-temp cream cheese into the whipping cream. Taste looks terrific--I AM going to try it, but I'll set aside more than 10 min. for it. (The star reduction was for the thinking ahead which didn't quite go into the description of prep time.)

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