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Honey & Date Scones



I am a huge fan of scones.  They are such a lovely treat, especially at the weekend . . .   a cross between a pastry and a North American Biscuit . . .  there are about as many varieties of scones that you can come with as your imagination can dream up! 



Today I baked us some Honey & Date Scones . . .  I love dates and I love honey . . .  the two have very similar qualities . . .  both being sticky and sweet . . . 


Dates have a Toffee,  almost Caramel-like flavour . . .  which is why they are such an integral part of a Sticky Toffee Pudding.  They are like nature's candy! 



They are lovely in all kinds of baked goods.  We love them in cakes and cookies . . . pies even  . . .  it seemed to be only a natural thing to try them in scones. 


I found a recipe on line for Honey & Ginger Scones on What's Cooking America.  This recipe has been adapted from that one, adding chopped dates and converting it to British measurements. 



I thought the temperature on the original recipe was a bit on the high side, and as you can see my scones got a tad bit dark, however perfectly baked they were.  I have reduced the temperature to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Most scones bake well at that temperature.



A few things to remember.  Keep your ingredients cold.  The butter, the cream . . . you don't want the butter to melt before you bake it or while you are cutting it into the flour.   If your ingredients are cold, your scones will rise higher.  You may even want to chill your bowl and pastry blender prior to using them.



Don't over work the dough.  Bring it together and pat it out with the least amount of handling as possible. You can knead it very gently just a couple of times if necessary to help bring it together.  But the most tender and flaky scones come from a dough that has not been overly worked.



When you are cutting them out, use a sharp tapping motion, pushing it straight down and then lifting it straight up.  Don't twist the cutter. When you twist the cutter the end result will be lopsided scones.



The flavour will still be excellent, but they won't be as aesthetically pleasing to the eye!  So if you are going for something that not only tastes good, but looks good . . .  don't twist the cutter!



I had Todd pick up some clotted cream for us to enjoy with the scones.  Clotted cream is thick, rich and indulgent with the consistency of soft butter. It is made by heating normal cream to evaporate some of the liquids, and contains at least 55 per cent butter fat, which gives  it a pale yellow colour that is often topped with a deeper yellow crust.



It has the same Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status as Stilton Cheese and Jersey Royal Potatoes, which gives its name EU-wide protection from potential imitators.  Clotted Cream comes from Devon and Cornwall. Anything else is a pretender.  I will say that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make proper authentic clotted cream at home.  At best you will only ever come up with something similar, but not the same . . .  and if anyone ever tells you anything different, they don't know what they are talking about.



Along with the clotted cream, I served  it with some  Bonne Maman Caramel for spreading.  That and the clotted cream turned these scones into a really wonderfully indulgent taste experience!

Yield: Makes 6 to 8

Honey & Date Scones

prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins
These lovely scones are buttery, flaky, flavoured with honey and studded with sticky bits of date.

ingredients:


315g plain flour (2 1/4 cups)
45g caster sugar (1/4 cup fine granulated sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
120g unsalted butter, cut into cubes (1/2 cup)
40g chopped pitted dates (1/4 cup)
120ml heavy cream (1/2 cup whipping)
60ml liquid honey (1/4 cup)
1 TBS cream to brush on top
demerara sugar (turbinado) to sprinkle on top

instructions:

Preheat oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Line a baking sheet with baking paper.  Set aside

Measure
 the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl.  Whisk together.
 Drop in the cold butter and then cut it in with a pastry blender.  Stir
 in the chopped dates. Whisk together the cream and honey.  Pour into
the flour mixture and stir together, just to combine.  Tip out onto a
lightly floured surface.  Knead a couple of times to bring together and
then lightly pat out to a 7 inch round, about 3/4 inch thick.
Cut
 into rounds using a floured cutter, using a sharp up and down motion.
Place 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with a bit of
cream and sprinkle with demerara sugar.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until
 well risen and golden brown. 
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Its very dull and gloomy today  . . .  these fabulous scones brought a little bit o sunshine into our lives for sure!  I hope you will give them a try!  Bon Appetit! 




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Marie Rayner
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  1. I haven't made scones in awhile and I think I'm long overdue! Thanks for both a reminder and a good sounding recipe!

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    1. Be warned Jeanie, they are addictive! lol xoxo

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  2. Same weather here..I do love a good scone and so do my gils..a treat.Never tried the bonne maman caramel:) I have to!

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    1. Oh, I could eat it with a spoon Monique! Its so so so good! xoxo

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  3. I love scones. These look amazing. Thanks for the blog post. Also, I'm glad I found your blog as it will be good to share with my American friends who live in England. Happy new year.

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    1. Aww thanks so much Suz! Always happy to meet a new friend! Happy New Year! xo

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