One of these (or two if you're hungry!) makes a tasty late afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea. Try Medjool or Deglet Noor dates in this recipe. Cooking dates doesn't change their properties, so you can still expect the chewy texture and perfect sweetness in the finished scone recipe.
You will find the dates add a similar sweet flavor to raisins, a more conventional choice, but they offer a more luxurious, indulgent flavor. Homemade scones always go down well, but using dates in the recipe turns this from a simple snack into something extra-special. These are always sure to impress.
What You Need:
2 cups self-rising flour
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dates, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
5 fl oz milk, plus extra for brushing
How to Make Them:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Sift the flour with the sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the Medjool dates. Make a well in the middle. Combine the eggs and milk in a jug, then pour this into the well, and mix until just combined.
Knead the dough for 45 seconds, then divide it into 8 equal-sized balls. It is best to keep wetting your hands while you are doing this, else the dough might stick to your hands. Arrange the balls on the prepared tray and press them down a bit. Brush a little milk over the top of each one, then cook for 12 minutes or until they are golden on top. Enjoy them warm from the oven or cold, with plenty of butter.