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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!)