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  • Writer's pictureJill Stewart

JILL BAKES | Spiced Pear Scones

You all seem to love a good scone recipe so I’m back with another yummy flavour for you to try that’s perfect for these cosy Autumn days - these are definitely one of my favourite... up there with raspberry and white choc! The smell of these baking in the oven is just incredible!!

Remember, the secret to a good scone is not adding too much liquid. Too much buttermilk and they won’t rise up and be nice and fluffy so take care when adding - the mixture should be drier than you probably think!

You could also switch out the pear for apple if you prefer - just use one eating apple.

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer


(Makes 4 big scones or 6 smaller ones)

225g soda bread self-raising flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

30g butter or spread

30g caster sugar

140-150ml (1/4 pt) buttermilk

1 pear, peeled and chopped into small chunks

For the glaze:

1 heaped dessertspoon icing sugar

A few drops of milk/water


1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees fan.

2. Sieve the flour, cinnamon and ginger into a large bowl. Rub the spread into the dried ingredients until it resembles a breadcrumb texture.

3. Add in the sugar and chopped pear and combine.

4. Add in the buttermilk and use a kitchen knife to mix until it forms a dough. Don’t overmix.

Only add enough milk to bind the ingredients, it shouldn’t be too soft or they will spread out too much.

5. Put a little flour on your hands and sprinkle a board with flour. Gather the dough into a ball and then shape into a circle on the floured surface. Cut into 6 equal triangles.

6. Place on a baking tray spaced apart and bake for 17-20 mins until golden. Leave to cool for a few mins.

7. Make up the glaze in a small bowl - don’t make it too runny! Drizzle over each scone with a spoon. Enjoy!


Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is a true Foodie who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 43,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

CLICK HERE to head over to INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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