pear buttermilk scones

Recipe By : Better Homes & Gardens, April 1992
Serving Size : 12
Category: Scones
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1 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground allspice
1/3 cup Butter or margarine
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Pears -- peeled and chopped
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking
powder, baking soda, salt and allspice. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the
mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; set aside. In a small
bowl, beat eggs slightly; stir in buttermilk. Add all at once to the flour mixture. Using a
fork, stir just until moistened. Fold in chopped pears. Turn dough out onto a floured
surface. Quickly knead dough by gently folding and pressing for 10 to 12 strokes, or
until nearly smooth. Pat or roll lightly to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into shapes
with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Place dough
rounds one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or
until golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Sift
powdered sugar over the tops.