Recipe 17 Blue Cheese and Pear Scones

I really fancied baking a different kind of scone ready for lunches for the week ahead. We have quite a lot of blue cheese in the fridge and when using google, I found this recipe.

With a pear looking sorry for itself in the fridge, this seemed perfect so I set about trying it out. The only thing with making scones, is that although a quick process, it is messy and annoying to clean up. However, the smell coming from these as they cooked was divine, and I could see the cheese ooze out of the scone. Yum.
Ingredients
125g plain flour
100g wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
25g reduced fat spread such as olive spread
1 large pear, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
75g blue cheese such as St Agur or Blue Stilton
150ml skimmed milk
1. Preheat an oven to 210 ºC (fan oven 190º C) gas mark 7, and place baking parchment or a non stick baking sheet on a baking tray.
2. Sieve the flours and baking powder into a large bowl, and tip in any bran remaining in the sieve.
3. Rub in the spread, and then add the pear and cheese.
4. Stir in the milk to make a soft but not sticky dough.
5. Place the dough on a lightly floured board and roll to about 1.5cm thickness. Using a 6cm cutter, cut out 10 scones and place on the baking sheet.
6. Brush the scone tops with a little milk or egg white.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the scones are golden brown and risen.
 These were really tasty, but I did not need to put anywhere near 150ml of milk, but this may be because I was using a very juicy pear. The flavour of the cheese with an occasional bite of sweet pear is really nice and a great snack. I would always want these warmed up with a little butter as I feel they could be a little dry without it.

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