Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle

Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle |
  • Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle
Posted on October 26, 2015

The are a lot of reasons to be head over heels in love with Fall. Especially here in New England. We’ve got picture perfect foliage. The best apple cider you’ve ever tasted. And chilly mornings that are made for cozy pajama-clad baking sessions.

My baked good of choice lately has been scones. For some reason, they just speak to me more during the Fall months than at any other time of the year. Maybe it’s the rustic cragginess of their surfaces. Or the borderline cake-like texture of their interior (just say “no” to dry scones!). But crawling out of bed on a blustery Fall morning to mix up a batch of scones is an activity that simultaneously warms my kitchen and my soul.

Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle |

Various versions of this scone recipe have been serving me well for over a year now. The base batter comes together fairly effortlessly and, most importantly, it stands up to whatever mix-in’s I fold in. Today’s recipe includes two of my favorite Fall flavors: pears and ginger.

I think pears are really underutilized in the Fall. Everyone is busy losing their minds over squash and apples (rightfully so I suppose), while pears seem to take a back seat to all the action. So I’m giving pears the love and attention they deserve by making them the star of the show in these Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle. It’s the least I could do.

What’s your favorite way to use pears? Tell me and let’s share the pear love!



Recipe adapted from my Blood Orange Scones

Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle

Yield: Makes 8 scones

Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle


  • For the Scones
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cups, plus 1 tablespoon, heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup crystalized ginger, chopped (also sometimes labeled candied ginger)
  • 1 cup chopped pear (from about 1 pear)

  • For the White Chocolate Drizzle
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together 2/3 cups of the heavy cream, the vanilla extract and the egg. Add this liquid mixture to your food processor along with the fresh grated ginger. Pulse until the dough has just come together. Add the crystalized ginger and pulse 2-3 more times.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter top and using well floured hands, fold in the chopped pear. Be careful not to over work the dough. Shape the dough into a round disk and then cut it into eight wedges. Transfer the wedges to your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1-2 inches between each wedge. Brush the tops with the remaining tablespoon of heavy cream.
  5. Transfer your baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the scones are slightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow the scones to cool on their baking sheet for 10-15. Then transfer them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  6. Once the scones have cooled, make the white chocolate drizzle. In a small heavy bottom saucepan (or in a double boiler) set over medium heat, melt the white chocolate with the coconut oil, stirring frequently. Once smooth, drizzle the melted white chocolate over the scones.
  7. Scones are best when they eaten the day they are made. But they will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Allow the white chocolate to set before transferring them to a storage container.


  • Pear and ginger.. good combination indeed 🙂


    • Thanks, Medeja!

  • Liz, these are absolute perfection. Perfect fall and that white chocolate drizzle….forget about it!


    • It’s all about the drizzle baby! Ummm…does that sound gross?

  • I love pear anything, and you are right, they totally get neglected (like a red headed step child of the produce world during fall). AND I am obsessed with scones during this time of year too… something about them, just says fall and not summer. Naturally I am drooling over these pear and ginger scones! LOVE that combination of flavors, but you took it deliciously over the top with the white chocolate drizzle! YASSS! Girl, I am still in my pj’s and totally thinking I need to go make these right now! 🙂 Pinned! Cheers, Liz! xo


    • I’m in my PJ’s too! All day, every day. 🙂

  • Pear and Giner sounds like a heavenly combo to me! I absolutely adore scones! 🙂


    • Thanks, Johlene. I hope you try them out!

  • I am so into scones lately too! I’ve been doing cranberry, but pear is brilliant. Definitely one of my favorite fruits and I agree, so underutilized. Let’s give pears some love!


    • Yeah for pear love! Although cranberries sounds delicious too! Thanks, Allie!

  • I’ve been meaning to give pears a bit more love lately and bought a few with the intention to do so! Hmm, maybe some time later this week? Anyway, beautiful scones!


    • Thanks, Lisa! I hope you give those pears some love! 🙂

  • Fabulous scone combination Liz!! Can’t wait to try!!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • You are right..pears are so under utilized. But it could be it’s because they are juicy and sooo good. I’ve bought pears twice to make a pear upside cake and it never happened because in two days the pears are gone!! I’ll have to restrain myself for these scones.


    • Ha ha. That is definitely true. Hard to make ’em last long enough to cook and bake with! 🙂

  • I so agree! Pears are definitely underutilized! But man are they good! These scones sound wonderful!


    • Thanks, Ashley! I hope you try them out!

  • Liz, I love pear and ginger together. . these scones look so good!!! Making me want to run into the kitchen right now and whip some up! love!


    • Better put your running shoes on then, Alice! 🙂

  • Being in New England for autumn this year has secured the season as my favorite! The pear and ginger combination seems so cozy and fall-ish 🙂 Love it! Pinning!


    • Right? It’s been SO beautiful here this year. I never want Fall to end!

  • I totally agree! There is a little something about Fall that gives me the urge to bake! I love it! When we got back from vacation I whipped up a couple batches of cookies – just because! 🙂 These pear scones may be next, they are beautiful!


    • Fall baking is absolutely the best! I hope you try the scones, Annie!

  • I need to see a New England fall – because if this is how you new englanders celebrate fall – I need to have this in my life!! Beautimus!


    • Come on over! You can stay with me and we can eat all the breakfast pastries in New England!

  • Beautiful combination! I have never used fresh ginger in scones before but can imagine how lovely it would be with the pear, and that white chocolate drizzle too! <3


    • The fresh ginger gives just that perfect extra boost of gingery goodness! I hope you try them out, Claudia!

  • Pears are definitely not used enough for fall baking. I don’t think I’ve ever baked with them which makes no sense because I love pears! And I don’t think scones get the respect they deserve either. There’s nothing better warm from the oven with a cup of coffee. This ginger/pear combo sounds fantastic!


    • I hope you do some pear-baking soon, Christin!

  • I love the pear-ginger combination, and the white chocolate sounds like the perfect way to liven it up! These scones would be so perfect with my morning coffee!


    • Thanks, Marcie! Definitely a must have with coffee!

  • I’ve yet to make scones this season — weird, because they happen to be one of my very favorite baked goods. These looks so perfect, and I’m loving the pear-ginger combo!


    • You better get on that, Nicole! 🙂

  • These look fantastic. I made a pear coffee cake yesterday that I can’t stop eating!


    • Thanks, Marci! Your coffee cake sounds delicious!

  • One day I’m going to take a trip to New England just to take in the gorgeous foliage. Pears are my favorite fall fruit, and I think they deserve more love than they get. Love these scones!


    • Come on over! You can stay with me! 🙂

  • You’re speaking my language here. A perfectly ripe pear is definitely one of my top 3 favorite fruits. LOVE THEM! These sound amazing… such a perfect fall treat!


    • I hope you try out the scones, Jess. I know you’ll love them!

  • What a gorgeous treat these are! I love ginger paired with pear, especially in pastries. I wonder if this would work with a GF flour mix? Maybe I’ll have to give it a try and see!


    • If you try it with GF flour mix, I’d love to hear how they turn out. So please let me know! Thanks, Nora!

  • One of my favorite things to do during Fall while living on the East Coast was to take a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. If that’s even a taste of New England Fall color, I can only imagine how beautiful it is where you live. And I concur about pajama baking!! I have a weakness for scones, so I’m loving this recipe, Liz! No doubt pears are way under appreciated in the blogosphere and I’m one that hasn’t given their due attention. I did recently make a pear tart, smoothie and muffins… so I’m workin on the pear love.


    • Sounds like you are winning with pear recipes, Traci! I think you’re even doing better than me!

  • just put my ones into the oven 🙂 but I have one question, should the dough be sticky? because I could hardly form them and now the y seem to run away :/


    • I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe. The dough will be a little damp, but it shouldn’t be so sticky that you can’t handle it. Next time I would add in a little more flour as you’re folding in the pears. I hope this helps. And I hope they still taste yummy!

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