Make a Date with Walnut Scones…

“The more you know, the more you can create.

There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.”

-Julia Childs

I just love adding new flavours when baking scones!

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Chopped dates and walnuts give these scones wonderful texture and taste. 

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I really enjoy dates…don’t you?

Ingredients:

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 50g butter, cut in pieces
  • 8 chopped dates
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 30g soft dark brown sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Demerara sugar for sprinkling

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The soft dark sugar brings some colour and a depth of flavour to these scones.

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Stir and mix through all the dry ingredients.

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 Use a knife to bring the dough in from the sides.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl, add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, chopped dates and walnuts.
  3. Beat the egg in a measuring jug, then set aside a tablespoon for glazing the scones later.
  4. Add the lemon juice to the milk , then whisk in with the egg.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, gradually add the wet to the dry mixture.
  6. Stir from the edges to the centre of the bowl, until you have a soft slightly sticky dough. Don’t worry if some liquid is left.
  7. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out until it is about 2cm thick.
  8. Use a fluted cutter, dip, cut and lift, to stamp out the scones. Try not to twist before you lift the scone.
  9. Arrange the scones on a parchment lined baking tray and brush the tops with an egg wash.
  10. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes in the oven.
  11. Cool on a wire tray and cover with a clean tea towel.

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Love seeing the sprinkles of demerara sugar…Oven ready now!

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Cool and cover with a clean tea towel…like hidden treasure!

Sweet or savoury, I do enjoy baking scones and sharing my recipes with you all.

Watch out for the next one,

Frances ☺

 

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