have we all dug out from underneath piles of torn-up wrapping paper and tissue paper? and perhaps even a bit of snow, if you were lucky (i’m one of about three people who LOVES snow). one thing we definitely haven’t dug ourselves out from over here are the heaps of cookies. and i’m not complaining one bit.
i am, however, trying to bring a little bit of balance into my meals, and that’s where these pear cardamom scones come in. while i would be lying if i went so far as to call them “healthy”, they are at least low in sugar (so that you can indulge in more cookies?? up to you…). but you would never know it to bite into one.
these scones taste sweet and have a melt-in-your-mouth texture. i should also mention, since the word “scone” can strike fear in the hearts of some who don’t care for the (excessively dry) british variety of scones, these are the soft, delicious, and moist (there’s that word again…) american style of scone. aside from the pears, which contribute a lot of flavor and ward off dryness (see what i did there?), these scones also include crème fraîche (and butter…).
i hadn’t ever used crème fraiche before i made these scones but if these are any indication, it may be one of my new favorite ingredients. crème fraiche pops up frequently in the cookbook where i found this recipe, baking with less sugar, by joanne chang, of flour bakery fame.
aside: flour bakery has a few locations around boston and if you’ve ever been, you already know these scones are delicious, even before you’ve tried them. everything i’ve ever tried in the bakeries is super good and every recipe i’ve tried from this cookbook (i’ve flagged nearly every recipe but haven’t tried all of them *quite* yet) has been amazing.
anyway, back to the crème fraiche. chang uses it frequently in the recipes in baking with less sugar to replace some of the moisture that sugar typically provides. depending on your grocery store, it can be tricky to find. i’ve seen it in the fancy cheese case, the dairy case (near butter, cream cheese, etc.), and even the produce section near berries. if you can’t find it, full fat sour cream can be substituted instead. ooooor you can find a recipe online to make it yourself, in which case you’re way ahead of me (though all of the recipes swear that it’s super easy).
in the end though, regardless of what dairy product you’re able to find, i think you’ll find that these pear cardamom scones are a delicious addition to your morning, especially if you’re lucky enough to have some extra time at home this week.
please note this page contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase after clicking from here, i will earn a small commission from amazon at no additional charge to you. i only link to products that i use and love. thank you for supporting tasty seasons!