Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Sourdough Scones

20 Nov

Coincidence (noun): a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.

Serendipity (noun): good fortune; luck; the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.

Was it a coincidence or serendipity that just days after bookmarking these roasted pear and chocolate chunk scones, I discovered that the Sourdough Surprises project for this month was sourdough scones?

Whatever it was, the resulting pear and chocolate chunk sourdough scones were amazing. These are not the flaky, dainty, tea time scones I usually make. These are much more the type of scone you would find in a coffee shop or bakery: giant, full of chunks of fruit and chocolate, moist and substantial without being heavy, and perfect with a cup of coffee. And the best part is that, unlike most scones, these ones were still pretty good to eat one or two days later. In fact, the sourdough taste, which was quite subtle at first, became more pronounced with time. However, if you make these for a crowd, you probably won’t find this out for yourself, because I’m pretty sure that if there had been more than just the two of us to eat eight gigantic scones, they would have been gone almost instantly.

I mean really, who can say no to a big hunk of pear and chocolate?

Some recipe notes:

  • This dough, adapted from Susan at Wild Yeast, is quite wet, and I now understand why Susan’s method includes packing the dough into a round cake tin, freezing it and then cutting it – rather than trying to shape it into a circle, cut it in wedges, and then transfer the wedges to a baking sheet. It is possible, but they would almost make better drop scones. So I’m including lots of options below.
  • Make sure your starter is at room temperature and slightly past its prime – this will make it more liquid and easier to mix into the rest of the ingredients. It’s not actually contributing much to the rise of the scones, just enhancing their flavour.

Check the Sourdough Surprises blog for more delicious sourdough scones. :)

Pear and Chocolate Chunk Sourdough Scones

Adapted from Wild Yeast and Smitten Kitchen. Makes 8 big scones.

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Cut in half:

3 firm-ish pears

Use a melon baller or teaspoon to scoop out the core, then cut the pears into 1-inch chunks. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in the 375˚F oven for about 20 minutes, until they are just golden on the bottom and looking dry on their cut edges. Turn the oven up to 400˚F and set the pears aside to cool while you make the scone dough.

In a bowl, whisk together:

100 grams all purpose flour

80 grams whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

heaping 1/2 tsp salt

50 grams brown sugar

Add:

113 grams (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed

Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the largest pieces are in pea-sized bits. Stir in:

40 grams rolled oats

Add:

100 grams roughly chopped dark chocolate

the cooled roasted pears

Toss lightly to combine.

Mix together:

50 grams milk

244 grams mature 100% hydration starter, at room temperature

Pour over the pear/chocolate/flour mixture and fold gently with a spatula to combine, until it is just evenly moistened and there are a few little pockets of flour left.

At this point, you can: 1) drop the batter by large spoonfuls into 8 rounds on a silicon mat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet; 2) follow Susan’s instructions for freezing and cutting the scones; or 3) do what I did, which was to turn the dough out onto a well floured surface, sprinkle it with flour, and fold it over on itself a few times, sprinkling it with flour after each fold. Shape it into a circle and cut it into 8 wedges. Using a pie server, transfer each wedge to a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

Regardless of which option you chose, beat together an egg wash of 1 egg + 1 tbsp water + a pinch of salt and brush it over the tops of the scones. Sprinkle them with sugar – the coarser, the better (all I had was granulated). Bake in the preheated 400˚F oven for about 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a rack. If you manage to have leftovers, they will keep for up to two days in a sealed container.

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24 Responses to “Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Sourdough Scones”

  1. SweetOK November 20, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    These sound scrumptious, Korena! I love the pear in them. And your photos are so great to illustrate the steps to prepare them.

  2. frugalfeeding November 20, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Delicious, Korena! So rustic and beautiful, perfect with a little butter I’d imagine :D

  3. wendyjv November 20, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    They sound scrumptious, the perfect fall harvest food to eat with a mug of hot chocolate while awaiting winter.

  4. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen November 20, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Well, I’ve just pinned this one under my recipes to try folder on Pinterest! I love the rustic, chunky look of these, the fluffy middles, the bits of roasted pear.. and of course, the chocolate! These are fantastic looking, Korena, and I would go with your method, it seems to make more sense! xx

  5. christinajane November 20, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Perfect. I have apples (they should work eh). I have dark chocolate. And I have sourdough. Can’t wait. I imagine you could pat it into a round on baking pan and cut into wedges and bake as is. That’s what I normally do anyway – keeping the wedges close apparently helps with rise. Love your sourdough experiments!

    • Korena in the Kitchen November 20, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      Yep, apples and chocolate would be pretty great – maybe a little cinnamon in there, too? If you bake it all as one big round you might need to bake them for a bit longer (or increase the oven temp a bit?). The dough is quite wet and I think the middle might take longer to bake… And thanks! So fun to use my starter for things other than bread :)

      • christinajane November 20, 2012 at 10:09 am #

        Ah that totally makes sense. Will try your method too then!

  6. Jessica November 20, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Mmm…I just call it yummy-looking :-)

  7. Shelley C November 20, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Wow. What a wonderful, serendipitous coincidence :) And what beautiful, delicious looking scones. The chunks of pear, the chocolate – I bet they were amazing. Love them!!

  8. Jenni November 20, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Um, yes!!! I’ll take three of these right now, Thanks! :) I LOVE the roasted pear and chocolate, how delicious that would be! Your scones look utterly perfect! :)

  9. Carole November 20, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Just to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Go Bananas was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Have a nice week.

  10. My Italian Smörgåsbord November 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    to be honest, scones really do not attract me in the least… or maybe I should say attracted me… after seeing these I am ready to reconsider my previous opinion :) they truly look attractive! really like the ingredients list, full of nourishing goodies. and as you already know I am partial to pears, chocolate and sourdough, of course. ciao!

  11. Jane @ The Wayward Oven November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I agree with you about the sourdough having a more pronounced flavour a day or two later, Korena. I think I’ll go for gigantic scones next time too. They are definitely much better than daintier ones!

  12. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com November 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    M m mmmm these look absolutely mouthwatering Korena! I love the idea of pairing up roasted pears and chocolate! These would be perfect with my morning ‘wake up’ coffee… YUMMMMMMM! :D

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide November 22, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Those look amazing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  14. Suz November 23, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    So beautiful! Coincidentally, I also made pear and chocolate chunk, having been inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s post. I managed to mess mine up though, but now I’ve seen yours I want to try again. They look perfect. :)

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