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Date Scones

date scones

These date scones are buttery, flaky, sweet, yet savory, and all-around just delicious. The edges are crisp and the center is soft and bejeweled with dates. They are fabulous as a dessert, brunch item, or snack. I love that they are freezer friendly making them a treat that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed for weeks to come. This is especially convenient during Ramadan as they make the perfect snack for suhoor. Not only are they delicious on their own but these date scones are great with a smear of cheese or butter and jam too.

I will admit that although I have been wanting to experiment with scones for years; I never have because they intimidated me. They sound fancy and just hard to achieve but they are really quite the opposite. Scones are rustic and quite simple to put together! Don’t hesitate to try these. They taste like a slightly sweetened and crispier biscuit with hints of cinnamon and caramelized dates.

This British baked good is commonly found in bakeries in all different flavors. Dates seemed like the perfect addition to these buttery treats and it was! I may be biased because I LOVE dates and use them all the time in various recipes and applications. You will find about a dozen recipes on my blog that are date forward; that’s how much I enjoy them and versatile they are. Anything from my date shake, to my date walnut cookies, to my sticky date cake. I used the beautiful fresh Medjool Dates from Natural Delights for these scones. They are plump, naturally sweet, free of GMO’s/pesticides, and just so good! They are also easy to find in mainstream supermarkets which is a bonus! Check out their Amazon store too where they have a 5 lb box perfect for Ramadan.

How to successfully make Date Scones

These just require a few ingredients and a little technique to come together.

  1. The butter must be frozen and grated then not overworked when mixed with the dry ingredients.
  2. To troubleshoot the dough, if it is too wet then add a bit more flour and if it is too dry then add a little bit more of cream to help it come together. It will take a little bit of time and effort to get the dough together and shaped like a disc.
  3. The scones must be chilled prior to baking to avoid a flat scone.

With those tips in mind and following the recipe, you should have a beautiful and delicious date scones. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below. If you give them a try, let me know what you think in the comments too! Share your remakes with me on my Instagram; I would love to see!

date scone
date scones
date scones
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Date Scones

These date scones are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. They smell amazing and taste even better. They make for a great snack or brunch item especially with a smear of butter or cheese and jam.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: english
Keyword: date scone, fufus kitchen date scone, scones
Servings: 8 scones

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Stick of Frozen Unsalted Butter
  • 8 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, chopped

Topping

  • Heavy Cream for brushing on top
  • Sprinkle of Coarse Sugar, optional

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the cream and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Grate the frozen stick of butter using the large side of a box grater and add it to the flour mixture.
  • Using your hands, combine the flour and butter until the dough resembles crumbs.
  • Then, add the cream mixture to the dry mix along with the chopped dates. Using your hands, mix this all together until it becomes a uniform dough. I find it easier to work with my hands on a flat surface to make this a cohesive dough. Add a tbsp of heavy cream at a time if you feel the dough is too dry. It shouldnt need more than 1 or 2 additional tbsp.
  • This may take a few minutes. Shape the dough like an 8 inch disc. It doesn't have to be perfect as scones are known to be rustic in look.
  • Then, with a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the disc into 8 even wedges.
  • Place these on a parchment-lined baking pan and brush with a little bit of heavy cream and sprinkle sugar if you would like.
  • Place this tray in the fridge for 15 minutes while the oven preheats to 410 F. You can alternatively place the scones on a plate if a tray doesn't fit then transfer to the tray before baking but you definitely want to chill your dough.
  • Arrange the scones on the tray a few inches apart. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. They should be golden brown all around. Enjoy warm as is or cut through and smear some butter or cream cheese with jam for a treat.
  • These keep well once cooled in a ziplock in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for a month. Just warm up and enjoy!
date scones
date scones

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4 Comments

  1. Wow!!!
    I made these and they are so delicious, fluffy, melt in your mouth date scones. Excellent taste and so easy to make!!!!
    Thank you so much Heifa, you are truly amazing ❣️

  2. 5 stars
    I made these scones and they came out so good. The only tweak I made was to divide the dough into two balls and made smaller size scones, so 16 scones total. Everyone loves eating them after iftaar.

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