My Easy Date Scones are the only scones recipe you will ever need! These scones are light and fluffy and packed full of dates! No rock hard scones here. Top with butter and runny honey and you have yourself the best brunch you could ever wish for!
I know a lot of people – including me – have trouble with scones (I believe they’re called biscuits in America). Some have the knack for scone making while others, well… Lets just say you could break a tooth on them.
Not to worry, I have some hints and tricks to show you how to make the perfect date scones that are quick and easy so you have no fear making scones again!
I adapted the classic scone recipe from the Edmond’s Cookbook. A classic and must have in New Zealand. I have made these scones before but alas, they have turned out like rock cakes. A few tweaks here and there and I think I’ve found the secret.
The secret to really GOOD, easy, date scones
LOTS of dates! I don’t want to see a handful. No sir. I want 200g-250g of chopped dates. These can be fresh or dried. The other secret to date scones is softening your dates first by simmering them in boiling water for a good 10 minutes before draining and adding them to the scone mixture.
The secret to really GOOD scones
The key with this scone recipe is to not work the dough. You more you work the dough, the tougher and tighter the scone. If you want denser scones then work the dough for two minutes but if you want light and fluffy scones, don’t work the dough at all.
You want to mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined (the dough with be very sticky and wet) and then blob them straight onto a baking tray. They end up more rustic looking but I like them like that!
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My Easy Date Scones are light and fluffy and packed full of dates. Top with butter and runny honey and you have yourself the best brunch you could ever wish for.
- 250 g Dates, Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 3 Cups All-purpose Flour
- 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 75 g Butter
- 1 and 1/4 Cup Milk
Preheat the oven to 220ºC (425°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Chop the dates and place them in a saucepan with the water on a medium heat.
Simmer until tender (around 10 minutes) then drain the excess water and set aside.
Place the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add in the dates and mix through.
Add the milk and quickly mix with a fork or table knife until just combined. The mixture will be soft and sticky.
Place in 12 blobs on the baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. The outside will be golden brown
Place on a wire rack to cool and serve warm with butter and runny honey!
If you want denser scones, work the dough for a further 2 minutes.