Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, the 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper, the baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
In a small bowl beat eggs lightly; stir in cheese and buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened. Fold in pear pieces.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Quickly knead dough by folding and gently pressing for 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll the dough into an 8-inch square. Cut into 16 squares.
Place scones 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with additional cracked pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer scones to a wire rack. Serve warm with Pear Conserve.
MAKE-AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Prepare and bake scones as directed. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap cooled scones in heavy foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Bake the wrapped, frozen scones for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.
Pear Conserve: In a large saucepan combine pears, the water, and lemon juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and golden raisins. Return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in nuts (if desired) and ground mace or cinnamon. Cool slightly. Ladle into an airtight storage container. Cover; seal.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (86g)|
|Recipe Makes: 16 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 97 (52%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 10.8g||14 %|
|Saturated Fat 6.6g||33 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.5g|
|Cholesterol 28.7mg||9 %|
|Sodium 267.3mg||9 %|
|Potassium 128.7mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 20.2g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.6g||2 %|
|Sugars, other 19.7g|
|Protein 2.9g||4 %|
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Calories per serving: 187
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