We love going to Lorne for weekend holidays and we are always at Lorne for at least once every year without fail. As part of our routine at Lorne, I will buy one wholemeal date scone for me and a couple of chocolate croissants or muffins for my husband and son from my favourite local bakery for our breakfast. No matter how much I love eating these scones, I never thought of baking these for just myself because my husband and son don't like and wouldn't want to eat these scones when we are at Lorne. When I know that Lena from Frozen wings, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and I are going to bake "Scones" for our Bake-Along, all I can think is to bake my favourite wholemeal date scones...
Co-incidentally, my husband and son had decided to go out on a Saturday morning. I knew immediately that I had seized this opportunity to bake these scones... solely for me. Here I was enjoying every single second and minutes baking these lovely scones and enjoying every single bite of the freshly baked scones... and this is what I called my "me-time" :D
These scones that I baked are from the book, Mix and Bake by Belinda Jeffery. They are fabulous and melt in my mouth when I had them. In fact, I reckon that they are even better than the ones that I had at Lorne :p
|This is always my favourite, wholemeal date scone.|
|Making the scone mix|
|Baking the scones|
|With strawberries and fresh whipped cream... Yum!|
|Check out its melt-in-the mouth texture...|
Here's the recipe from the book, Mix and Bake by Belinda Jeffery
(with my modification in blue)
(with my modification in blue)
1 2/3 cup (250g) wholemeal self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp caster sugar (replaced with raw caster sugar)
100g cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
150g pitted dates
1 tbsp honey, slightly warmed
Preheat oven to 200°C (or 180°C fan forced) . Line a baking tray with two layers of baking paper and set it aside.
In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together, then rub in the butter, chop the dates and mix them in.
In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and honey. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the honeyed buttermilk. Mix everything to form a soft dough.
Lightly knead everything together and tip it out onto a floured chopping board. Shape the dough into long rectangle, flattening the top to form a thickness about 4-5 cm.
Cut the dough into fat little triangles with floured knife. Sit the scones closely on a prepared baking tray and dust them with a little extra flour.
Bake for 17 min or until scones are golden in colour. Leave them to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 min and serve while they are warm.
Note: Using half amount of the recipe, I can make 4 triangles scones.
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