These Crystallized Ginger Scones with Sake Poached Asian Pears are a refreshing take on traditional shortcake – zesty scones, crunchy spiced pears, and sweet whipped cream.
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When it comes to spring, the first thing I think of dessert-wise is shortcakes. So naturally when I received a big box of fresh delicious produce from Melissa’s Produce for #SpringSweetsWeek I knew I had to make a shortcake with one of the many options waiting inside. My options included mango, Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges, Butterscotch (Korean) pears, kumquats, Meyer lemons, yellow dragon fruit, carrots, and even a bundle of fresh mint.
As you can already guess by the title of this post, I went with the pears. But obviously I couldn’t just stick to slicing them up and serving on a biscuit with whipped cream. What would be the fun in that?
For starters, Asian pears are crunchier than your “average” pear and I wanted to make sure I maintained that crunch while still softening them up a bit for a sweet treat. As such, I decided to lightly poach them in sake and Chinese five spice. Don’t like sake? Use white wine. Don’t want any alcohol? Use a light colored juice such as apple or white grape.
Once poached, that sake sauce is cooked down even further into almost a syrup which will be use when serving the pears along with the rest of the shortcake ensemble. Of course you could also serve them as is, I have to admit I did eat a few slices myself.
You can’t have a shortcake without the little short cake and in this case I decided to make crystallized ginger scone-cakes. With a little Meyer lemon zest and extra lemon extract to really enhance the ginger, these scones are the perfect pairing for those sake-5-spice-poached pears. They would be great alone for breakfast as well (maybe with some miso butter??).
This scone-cake is assembled by spitting a scone in half, placing the spiced poached pears on top, followed by the sauce, fresh whipped cream, and the top of the scone. Then dig in to enjoy the buttery & zesty scone with tangy sweet sake sauce soaking into it, topped with crunchy spiced pears, and luscious whipped cream. None of that canned/frozen topping business.
Thanks to our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors that inspired this recipe with their products, including Dixie Crystals granulated pure cane sugar, Anolon cookie sheet with silicone grips, Melissa’s Produce Butterscotch (Korean) pears, and Taylor & Colledge lemon extract paste.
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CRYSTALLIZED GINGER SCONES
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/8” cubes
- 1-1/3 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
- Fresh whipped cream, for serving
SAKE POACHED PEARS
- 4 Asian pears
- 1-1/2 cups sake
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground Chinese five spice
- Coarse raw sugar
- For the scones: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone making mat; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add zest and mix with a pastry cutter.
- Add butter and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender until shaggy.
- In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the milk and lemon extract.
- Gently fold milk mixture and crystallized ginger into the dry ingredients using a spatula just until mixed (if dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until it comes together).
- Using a large cookie scoop, portion out the dough onto prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse raw sugar and press lightly to flatten. Freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight.
- When ready, preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Transfer frozen scones on prepared baking sheet to the oven and bake for for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Let cool on baking sheet. While the scone bake, prepare the pears.
- For the pears: Peel, quarter, and core each pear.
- In a medium saucepan (big enough to hold pears) combine the sake, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and five spice.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Add the pears and simmer, rotating every 10 minutes.
- Remove the pears from the pan, allowing excess liquid to drip off, and cool them on plate or tray (slice if desired for serving).
- Bring the sake sauce back up to a simmer and cook until the liquid has been reduced by half. Set aside to cool.
- Assemble the scone-cakes: Slice a scone in half, place bottom on a small plate, top with one quarter of a pear, cooled sauce, whipped cream, and finish with the top of the scone. Serve immediately.
Source: Scones adapted from Sassafras Bakery via Valerie (friend of The Spiffy Cookie) and pears adapted from The Spruce Eats.
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