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Tray of baked date scones on parchment paper with cream

Date Scones

Scones that are crisp on the outside, and buttery and flaky on the inside, studded with bits of caramelized dates. Delicious and easy step by step recipe!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 134kcal


  • 2 cups flour 250 g
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon white sugar 40 g
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 stick frozen butter, grated on the large side of a box grater 115 grams
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pitted, chopped dates 150 grams


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon.
  • Add the grated frozen butter into the flour mixture, and work it in with your fingertips until it resembles wet sand, see post above for visuals. You can also use a pastry cutter, but I find hands easier!
  • In a separate bowl mix together heavy cream, egg and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients and the chopped dates to the flour, and mix together until combined with a spatula or fork. You can give the dough a couple kneads with your hands, but don't overwork.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and pat it into an 8 inch circle. Cut the circle into 8 wedges, and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the sheet with the dough on it into the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.
  • While dough is resting, heat oven to 400 F (200C). Take scones out of the fridge, and brush the top of each with a little heavy cream, and optionally sprinkle with some coarse sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges and top are a light golden brown.
  • Serve warm, either plain or with some clotted cream and/or jam.



Mixing method adapted from Sallys Baking Addiction


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg