Date and Walnut Scones – A Scone Challenge!
The Bakelady’s Blog has put up a Scone Challenge and as I find scones really quite easy to make, I thought it would be good to have a go.
There are many different recipes and ingredients to include in a scone, but I fancied date and walnut. I scoured my cookbooks, but couldn’t find a date and walnut recipe, so ended up combining a couple of Good Housekeeping recipes from the ‘Complete book of Home Baking’ i.e Spiced Walnut Scones and Date and Yogurt Scones.
Date and Walnut Scones
50g (2oz) stoned and chopped dates
75 g (3oz) walnut pieces
250g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Mixed Spice
50g (2oz) butter
50g (2oz) light brown soft sugar
1tbsp demerara sugar
about 170ml (6fl oz) milk
Place the flour in a bowl with the baking powder and mixed spice, stir until well mixed, rub in the butter (or whizz in a food processor). Stir in the sugar, dates, walnuts and sugar.
Pour the milk into a well in the middle of the flour and mix with a palette knife to a soft dough.
Roll out the dough and using a cutter, cut out 8 scones, re-rolling the dough if necessary. Place on a baking sheet, brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with demerara sugar.
Bake in the oven at 220C for about 18 minutes until well risen and golden brown, Cool on a wire rack.