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Date and Walnut Scones – A Scone Challenge!

Date and Walnut Scones

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.
Sweet date and walnut scones
  1. Catherine
    January 23, 2011

    They look lovely, Janice! I've never eaten dates before, but I can imagine the walnuts giving them a lovely deep flavour. I'm in the mood for making a big batch of scones now!

  2. Chele
    January 23, 2011

    I envy you being able to make scones, they are my nemisis! These guys look very wholesome ;0)

  3. The Food Hound
    January 23, 2011

    Oooo ooo oooo, love dates!! I have a date scone recipe– I clearly need to make it!!

  4. Choclette
    January 23, 2011

    Oh your rubbing it in (pun not intended) the wounds of us heavy scone makers – easy indeed 😉 I'm just envious – your scones look lovely and sound really good with dates and walnuts too.