Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wholemeal Date Scones

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

wholemeal date scones Belinda Jeffery
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)

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
100ml buttermilk
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.

Happy Baking and enjoy the scones!

Zoe's thought of the day - LOL!

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48 comments:

  1. The date scones look delightful. The opportunity to bake alone in your kitchen for a few hours priceless. Enjoy your time in Lome.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  2. When I can cook or baked quiet and alone are the best if not sometimes is a mess:)
    These scones look really nice!

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  3. i shall keep in mind lorne the next time i visit mel if i have time. Had missed going to the GOR the last trip. I havent actually baked anything with dates and your wholemeal ones sounds great and very nice texture too I like baking too when no one is in the house but it's quite impossible..haha..i just tell them not talk to me especially when i'm weighing my ingredients!

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  4. I love your "thoughts" pic Zoe, so cute.. Scones look great too:-D

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  5. Hi Zoe, thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words. Hope you visit regularly and keep enjoying the recipes I post.

    I love dates and every year I wait impatiently for Ramadan as that's when dates are in abundance all over Singapore. I love sticky toffee pudding made with dates, but your scones look wonderful too - perfect texture!

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  6. beautiful scones , thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe . But i never come across wholemeal self-raising flour . Will look for it nextime i visit the shop for ingredient .

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  7. Hi Zoe, thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words.

    Your scones are lovely. I love dates in anything and it looks like you achieved the perfect scone texture!

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  8. Hi Zoe, Your scones looks lovely with the speckled wholemeal and sounds delicious with dates! Yeah, I love to bake when the house is empty! Most of the time I bake in the morning, when there's nobody around, only me, my kitchen and my oven, and my cup of tea! Hehe!

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  9. Zoe, I agree that being able to bake undisturbed is wonderful me time! Love the idea of using dates in the scones... will be sure to try it out when I can find dates here in Singapore.

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  10. Your dates scone recipe come in time. I can used up my dates which I bought very long time ago. Your last picture make me smile :) Looks like I must try out this scone too.

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  11. I would eat your scones! They look great! Fluffy on the inside, just as I like them!

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  12. You got one great scone here, Zoe! Wholemeal and dates - I can almost taste them in my mouth.

    And you are funny with your thought about flying to Lorne, lol!

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  13. one more "healthy scone" for our bakealong :D. I love dates in my bakes and m sure this must've tasted great! Bookmarked!!
    Love your "lorne" pic :D

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  14. I laughed out loud when I read your post, we almost have identical story except I have never been to Lorne lol! I only baked my scones for myself too as my sons are not into them and I too added dates into mine! Talk about coincidence!

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  15. These scones look delicious ! Healthy as well !

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  16. This wholemeal date scones were not only healthy, but looked very presentable. I love all the pictures here in this post. Thanks.

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  17. these scones sound marvelous. Wish I can have some right now. Slurpppp...
    Have a lovely evening, dear.
    Kristy

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  18. Healthy with natural sweetner flavour, these would be the ultimate breakfast my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    P.S I get a kick out of the fact we use the same buttermilk :D

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  19. Zoe, thanks for visiting The Saucy Gourmet, I look forward to sharing with you! These scones look incredible. I have a couple scone recipes posted on my blog, gonna go back and see if any are worth linking in.

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  20. oh dang, seeing your comments on lorne make me wish i booked that instead of apollo bay when deciding on a place to stay at on GOR!

    it's going to be fasting month soon, so I'll have lots of dates to buy and dry recipes like this :)

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  21. Wow another fabulous scone recipe! First is Lena's, now yours...yums! Wholewheat is the way to go, healthy and won't feel the guilt when chowing down seconds, lol! Will keep this recipe in my to do list. :)

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  22. Wow they looks stunning and fabulous..

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  23. I am crazy about scones and am always looking for new recipes. I make scones at least a couple times a month and my family always wolfs them down. I will put these on my to-bake list, they look delicious!!

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  24. What delicious little scones...they sound healthy too...these would be great for breakfast! :-)

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  25. Oh! my hubby will certainly love these wholemeal date scones! Looks so tempting & appetizing as you've described them! And love Zoe's thought of the day picture! Will certainly make this for my hubby which also a fan of scones & lots of cream to go with it too! LOL

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  26. Great scones...wholewheat and date...they look so light, soft and fluffy Zoe.
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

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  27. These look SO good! I've only recently discovered scones, and I've got to say, they are my new addiction. I have never tried dates, surprisingly. I think I need to try them out sometime soon!

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  28. I must confess that I have never made scones before but as I always want to try new things they are now in my list to try. I would love some right now with a cup of coffee.

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  29. Your Lorne traditions sound pretty good to me!

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  30. Looks so soft and perfect for breakfast...

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  31. Yum buttermilk. So underrated. These look great. Scones are only good for the first few hours that they are cooked, in my humble opinion. Lucky I eat them quickly!

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  32. I like this take on scones with the dates. They sound great.

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  33. Wow, I'd like to have some for tea!

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  34. Those look like PERFECT scones! full of flavor - moist and delicious - great recipe and quite healthy too!
    Mary x

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  35. Nice scones! And love your "thought" picture - very creative. Really nice post - thanks.

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  36. Scones are my hands down favorite! But I've never made them with dates. What a great idea. These look light as air, Zoe!

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  37. These would be scones I would bake for me also. They are just scrumptious looking! LOVE your blog title. I so agree with it. That's why I originally started baking, it was always something fun to do with my kids when they were little and I needed "a break". It was me time snuck into them time and we were all happy. Now, they are almost grown and I still bake with my youngest. Nice times. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  38. These look super moist and delicious. Have fun in Lorne!!

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  39. Zoe , do you think my savoury scone-like ;D biscuits can be accepted ?! lol

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    1. Anne, I think biscuits is quite similar to scones in some ways. They are both mix and bake kind of recipes. I think it should be ok if you are linking up with us. I will tell Joyce and Lena about this :D

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  40. Beautiful scones, Zoe! Those look absolutely delicious! My scones didn't turn out very well, so I won't be able to join the Bake Along this time, hopefully will be able to make it for the next one! :)

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  41. Zoe, i wanna fly together with u...look so yum! :)

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  42. Hi. I m looking for a Malaysian sweet snack recipe yuen koe.

    Any idea how o make it. Tx. Jin

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    1. Hi Jin,

      I'm sorry that I'm not sure of the yuen koe that you are referring in your question and can't help much to answer your question.

      Zoe

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  43. hi Zoe,
    Your scones are making me drool :)
    Do u think I can replace wholemeal self-raising flour to wholemeal flour? are both the same thing?

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    1. Hi,

      According to Australian Women Weekly at http://www.aww.com.au/food/expert-q-a/2013/11/how-to-make-self-raising-flour/, you can make your own self raising flour by adding 2 tsp baking powder into each cup of plain flour. To make 250g of wholemeal self raising flour, you need to add 3 1/3 tsp baking powder into plain wholemeal flour. Cheers!

      Zoe

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