Today is my love Michael’s birthday. It doesn’t feel like the holidays until we have celebrated his birthday. So this is a post by me (Francesca) for my true love, Michael, to kick off winter holidays and to give him a delicious breakfast the morning of his birthday.
I have prepared simple butter
scones with cinnamon pear jam. What is great about this jam is that it
perfectly invokes the holidays, and is a great gift to give people. Make the jam in advance, have it around, and
scones make on a whim. They are amazing!
Ingredients: serves 8
1 ¾ cups flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ Teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
2 eggs, beaten with
¼ cup milk
4 Bosc Pears
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Start by making the jam. Peel and
dice the pears and place in large sauce pan. Using a masher, mash up the pear
bits until it is almost like a puree. Turn the heat until medium high, and stir
while bringing to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes. Add sugar, stir until dissolved,
and reduce heat to low so that you can simmer. Add cinnamon, and simmer for 25
minutes, stirring every few minutes.
In order to properly jar, follow
the canning procedures we have used in earlier jamming posts.
To make the scones, preheat the
oven to 425 degrees. Dice the butter into small pieces, and chill.
Mix together all of your dry
ingredients, but 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Next mix in the butter, coating all the
pieces with the flour mix. Using two forks, break the butter up into the flour
mix until they are in small pieces, but not until it is completely mixed. You
leave some bigger pieces, because in the oven it creates great moisture and
In a small bowl mix together eggs
and milk. Pout the wet mix into the dry mix, stirring together until just mixed
Grease a baking sheet, and place
the dough (it will be very wet) on to the middle of the tray and make into a 10”
wide disk. Use the last Tablespoon of sugar and sprinkle on dough.
Carefully cut the dough into 8 pieces,
leaving them in place. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Recut the pieces
and separate ½ and inch away from each other and place back in oven to bake
until golden brown, about 5 more minutes.
Let cool slightly and eat!!
I love you Michael!