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Karen Hamilton
October 2011

Walnut Grove Recipes

Honey, Date & Cinnamon Scones

Makes about 12 to 15 scones

  • 450g plain flour
  • 275ml milk
  • 55g butter (cold)
  • 28g baking powder
  • 150g dates (de-stoned)
  • 2 large tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg (for egg-wash)


1. Cut the butter into cubes and roughly chop the dates. Add to food blender with the flour, baking powder, dates , honey & cinnamon, pulse for about 30 seconds.

2. Add milk and blend - stop the blender as soon as the milk is incorporated.

3. Roll out to a thickness of 2cm on a floured board, and cut out with fluted cutters or if you don't have cutters use a sharp knife. Transfer to a baking sheet and glaze with egg-wash (beaten egg) using a pastry brush.

4. Bake at 180°C until golden brown, and to test if they are cooked through, tap the bottom of one and it should sound hollow. 

Serving Suggestions

Serve with honey sweetened whipped cream and lashings of honey.

Advanced Preparation

Best made to order, is quick and easy to prepare. Can also be frozen after baking, and refreshed in the oven before serving.

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