Date and walnut scones are a yummy treat to enjoy with your tea. Imagine taking a bite of a freshly baked treat prepared with flour and slightly sweetened for a delightful taste. Adding dates, walnuts, and a bit of butter to this treat makes it even more tempting.
Also, you need very little effort to make them. Just 30 minutes is enough to have your date and walnut scones ready to be gobbled up happily by everyone at home!
Let’s take a look at this delicious date and walnut scones recipe and see how you can make them with minimum effort.
Wholemeal Date and Walnut Scones Recipe
- Difficulty level: Easy
- Prep time: 20 min
- Total time: 30 min
- Servings: 8
- 350g flour (1/2 whole grain, 1/2 all-purpose flour)
- 15g baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 70g Sunnah Wholefoods Date Sugar
- 170g milk
- 90g grass-fed butter, soft cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
Directions for Making the Date and Walnut Scones Recipe:
Step 1: Preheat Oven
Start by preheating your oven at 180°C (350°F). An essential part of baking scones for this recipe is to do so at the right temperature. This ensures the scones turn out to be perfect.
Step 2: Mix Flour, Salt, and Date Sugar in Bowl
Take a large bowl and add flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Mix everything nicely until well-combined. Make use of your fingertips to rub in the butter lightly. At this stage, the dry mix should resemble breadcrumbs. Add milk to the ingredients gradually and stir in.
Step 3: Add Dates and Walnuts
Take the chopped dates and walnuts and gently fold them in. Make sure that these ingredients are evenly distributed in the mixture. The scones will not taste great if the chopped dates and walnuts remain huddled in one place in the mixture.
Step 4: Knead Dough to Give It a Ball Shape
Using your hands, gently knead the flour mixture to form a nice dough. You can use a kneading machine if you find it a hassle to knead with your hands. Be sure to avoid kneading the dough too much. The dough will be ready when it still remains a bit sticky, but you can shape it into a ball.
Step 5: Roll Out Dough
After sprinkling some flour on your working surface, roll out the dough to 2 cm thickness. Make use of a round cutter to cut out as many scones as possible. Gather the scraps of dough left behind, reroll them, and cut out more scones. Repeat the process until all the dough has been used up.
Step 6: Bake Scone
Prepare the baking tray by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it using a brush. Spread out the scones on the greased tray. Make sure they are placed slightly apart. Bake at 180°C for about 15 to 18 minutes, until the scones are fully done. You can know that the scones are done when they rise inside the baking tray and turn to a nice golden brown colour.
Step 7: Remove Scone and Allow to Cool
Carefully remove the wholemeal date and walnut scones from the baking tray and put them on a wire rack. Allow the scones to cool down for a bit and serve them with jam or clotted cream.
A Freshly Baked Delight!
Date and walnut scones taste best when they are freshly baked. It’s not a good idea to bake them ahead of time. But you can cut the dough into scones and put them inside the fridge to leave them there overnight. Next day, bake them fresh when you are ready to enjoy them with your tea!
Date and Walnut Scones: FAQs
How Do You Know When Scones Are Done?
To know whether the scones are fully done or not, check if they are doughy inside. Insert a toothpick or skewer inside a scone just after you have finished baking. Pull it out to see if it comes out clean. If so, the scone is done. If not, it needs more time in the oven.
How Do I Get My Scones to Rise and Be Fluffy?
Placing date and walnut scones in a cool oven and then increasing its temperature can impact the rising of your scones. That is why you should always preheat the oven to the desired temperature before setting the tray in. Note that baking in an extremely hot oven can also affect how the scones turn out finally. So, be particular when managing the temperature for baking your scones.