Lovely whole grain gluten-free vegan scones for an elegant winter breakfast or brunch. Seckel pear & pistachio scones are perfect paired with a warm mug of coffee or tea.
Scones! Never have I ever had a scone until a few weeks ago. They are mighty fine triangles of yum! I’ve always felt as though scones were so elegant and fancy. A complete brunch or tea-time treat. Taking the fancy further and using Seckel Pear and Pistachios, just made me feel like I should be eating them with a queen or some royal figure 😉 That totally was not the case, but we can all dream, right?
You know, I’ve never had/been to an actual “brunch”. I mean, when you wake up at 4am and eat breakfast around 6:30am, brunch just doesn’t really work. Maybe if I woke-up at 12pm like my brother, brunch might be more plausible. But by 12 I’ve already eaten lunch too. So thank goodness brunch foods are just fancy breakfast foods and I can still enjoy them. At least the sweet brunch items that is. You know I’m not a savory breakfast lover, sweet is what I need in those morning hours!
But as I see it, brunch is the ultimate banding together of the sweet vs. savory breakfast lovers. Brunch is made for those sweet bakery goods like scones and coffee cake, but also scrambles and some vegan bacon. Everyone can be happy and content with a plate full of good food and still coexist with each other during that mid-morning feast. Since coffee (I’m presuming) is also involved, that tends to quell any foodie arguments anyway! Although, aren’t mimosas usually involved as well? That may have something to do with the peace!
I also mentioned scones as being a teatime thing. (I think they are, right?). Well I HAVE been to a teatime/party event. When I was probably 7 and in Girl Scouts as a Daisy or Brownie or something of the sort! Or maybe it was some little girl’s birthday party…regardless I’m 99.8% sure I’ve been to one! Growing up I hated tea and thought it was the most vile thing. It was never sweet enough (unless it was sweet iced tea!). A mug of hot tea, yuck! I was a huge fan of water and seltzer. I would drink cans and cans, bottles and bottles of seltzer! I’ve always been more of a plain jane I guess. I was the little girl who gave up soda for lent in 3rd or 4th grade(?) and keep that going, never touching the toxic stuff since.
It took years, but eventually, around 7th or 8th grade, I fell in love with plain old green tea sweetened with honey. I’m not sure what made that happen, but it did. I actually don’t care for plain green tea now (and never honey, only stevia!). My favorite teas now are anything minty or some nice flavored black teas. I have an entire shelf devoted to my teas. I like to switch it up as much as possible since I think when you over do it on just one or two flavors, you get sick of them (i.e. the green tea thing). But some of the boxes I have are just terrible. After the first brew and that initial sip…I know the box will be sitting in the pantry until it passes the “best by” date (unless I use it in granola!).
As it happens now, if given the choice between tea or coffee; coffee would be my answer. I’m even so much of a coffee lover that even if given and really horrid quality brew of coffee, I’ll still drink it. It’s coffee. The smell, the taste (even if bad), is still just “good” and comforting to me. Pair it with a scone and we definitely have a deal! Sweet or savory eater, coffee is the perfect beverage of choice for both.
Tea or coffee, sweet or savory, as long as these scones are on the table, I’ll be happy. I’m sharing these today as I think they’d make the perfect brunch option for New Year’s Day! After you stay up all night partying on New Years Eve (used to be my second favorite holiday, after Christmas Eve), most of you won’t be waking up for 6am breakfast. Brunch will be happening for many and I’m sure lots of coffee and comfort food will be needed. No, I won’t be staying up all night on NYE like I used to, but I’ll be sure to disrupt my sleep with an alarm at 11:55pm to welcome 2016. Sometimes I wonder how I used to stay up till at least 1am when I was younger. I would though, remember how tired I was the next day, still waking up before everyone else. The living room would be littered with confetti, noise makers, and the outside of the house, covered with silly strong.
Stale chips and half empty cups of soda still sitting out. New Year’s Day morning would always be eerily still and quiet (usually there was snow on the ground by that point in the year!). But we never did anything special on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve was our thing and I’ll always treasure those memories of love, laughs, and our never-ending all night UNO tournaments and Chinese take-out.
Seckel Pear & Pistachio Scones
- 1 Cup Buckwheat Flour
- ½ Cup Sorghum Flour
- ½ Cup Quinoa Flakes
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- ½ Cup Pear Puree*
- ½ Cup Chopped Seckel Pear
- ½ Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 TB Stevia Syrup
- 1 Seckel Pear (sliced, halved, for topping)
- 2 TB Chopped Unsalted Shelled Pistachios (for topping)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients expect the sliced seckel pear and pistachios. Mix until you form a nice dough ball. Place this mound of dough on a baking sheet with a Silpat.
- Smooth out the mound of dough into about a 1 inch thickness. Cut the dough 4 times to create 8 triangular scones. Gently space them out a bit.
- Place a sliced pear half on each scone and then sprinkle with the pistachios.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Seckel pears are a winter delicacy so eat them while you can! They are small and lovely, but perfectly sweet. Pistachios are just perfect all year, and seem to make any baked good (or granola) fancy 😉 So prepare these Seckel Pear & Pistachio Scones for your New Year’s Day brunch, maybe make some coffee cake while your at it, brew up some comforting coffee and warming tea. I’m setting you up for one fabulous New Years too since it happens to fall on a Friday! You get to laze around with your scones and coffee while browsing the first Friday Finisher of 2016! Wooo!
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