January 15, 2011

Date Scones

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Date Scones

Earlier this week my blogging friend Cajun Chef Ryan posted an image of the day - Chinese Dates.  Of course, he got me to thinking about how much I really love dates.  I bought some at Christmas time because I was thinking about making my Aunt Helga's recipe for Date Nut Balls....but never did get to it.


I've also been thinking about scones.  It's been a while since I've made them - not to mention that they are a fairly new treat to us in the Grumpy household (in the last year!).  I started thinking, maybe I should make some scones with dates in them.  I whipped up a batch of date scones this morning.  Of course, when I make something different and something I don't make often, I always hear from Grumpy, "what the @#$% is that?"  he he.   Needless to say, he devoured two of them this morning, so there is no doubt that whatever the @#$% "that" was, he enjoyed them!  I know I certainly did!  Nice and crusty on the edges, soft and tender on the inside, with the dates that just melt right in your mouth.  Thanks Ryan for making me think of Dates!  :o)




Date Scones
Adapted from Cooking Light Complete Cookbook - ingredients and methods slightly changed

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup half & half
3 Tablespoons maple sugar

Place flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in food processor.  Pulse 3-4 times to mix.  Drop in butter pieces and pulse approximately 10 times, or until flour and butter forms crumbs.  Do not over pulse or you will get a dough - not what you are looking for!

Remove flour mixture from food processor and place in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir in chopped dates to coat with flour mixutre.  Pour over half & half and maple syrup.  Stir until it just starts to form a dough.  Turn out onto counter top and gently fold in remaining dry ingredients until dough starts to take some shape.  Flatten out into a circle on baking sheet - gently!  You don't want to work the dough too much or it will become tough.  Cut dough into 8 pieces, being careful to not cut all the way through the dough.  Bake in 450 oven for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy while still warm with your cup of Plantation Mint Tea! (My favorite tea and one that I have at least 1 mug of every day....sometimes more!)

21 comments:

  1. I am a lover of scones of all kinds, have tried many and was just introduced to them online through Jeroxie incident party. Since then I have become addicted and now another new one to try! These look fabulous Shelby and the end results are amazing...love the dates, had seen them on Ryan's blog as well...what a great use of these chinese dates!

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  2. I love dates & your scones look delicious!

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  3. They look delicious! I will have to add this recipe to my file. Have a great day. :)

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  4. Whenever I read you blog my first thought is what a lucky fellow Grumpy is. Offer one of these to me and I promise I will say "yes, please!" Scones are such a great breakfast or afternoon treat and the addition of dates is such a delicious innovation.

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  5. LOVE these type of scones - cup of coffee or tea? yes please!

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  6. Yes, Grumpy really has no reason to be grumpy with all this good food you're churning up in your kitchen! It's been a while since I've made scones (the last ones were pink and purple!) but your scrumptious date scones reminded me that maybe I should bake some again soon. Thanks for stopping by my site with your kind words, btw. I really appreciate having new readers come by!

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  7. Yum. I like dates too, but I rarely use them. My aunt and uncle say that my husband is a French cat. Now, I've not been to France and I don't know much about cats, but they say that where they stayed, the cats got fed the best goodies and got spoiled and picky. So maybe Grumpy is a French Cat. Just a thought.

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  8. i'm so unfamiliar with dates, but this sounds and looks amazing!

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    1. Dates are wonderful in baking. I use dates instead of raisins in cookies and they almost taste like caramel.Try them, I think you will like them...
      Rita (Dakota12000) Pinterest

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  9. I love your use of maple sugar!

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  10. Lucky Grumpy! I'd love to have a bite of those scones. Thank you for a new scones recipe to try!

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  11. My dad really enjoys eating dates....i am sure he would be over the moon when i make this for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  12. Looks like these baked up wonderfully with a perfect brown top. The addition of the dates must really make this special.

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  13. Shelby,
    I love scones, and you already know how I feel about dates!

    So glad I could inspire you in this recipe!

    Pass the Devonshire Cream please...

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  14. Grumpy sounds like my dh...he was skeptical about my first scones, but ended up loving them! I haven't baked with dates in a LONG time...yum! I think I'll put them on my shopping list~

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  15. I love dates too and these look terrific. Now I want a date shake and a date scone! ;)

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  16. What a great recipe! Scones are so yummy, and I'm sure the sweet jeweled dates add just the right touch!

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  17. Hi Shelby, took a while to find your blog. You are still one of the BEST writers out there, and I gain 5 pounds just looking at the pics you post. I am making these date treats tomorrow!!!


    Cranberry Ed

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  18. Hey Ed, I'm glad you found me! Thank you for the compliment and enjoy the scones!

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  19. your date scones look wonderful! My favorite kind is cranberry orange scones but I will have to try these too!!

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  20. Your scones are amazing, no matter what's in them. How perfect they look. The dates only add to the beauty.

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