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Orange & Date Scones

Today has been one of those days when it just won’t stop raining. The kind of day when all you want to do is cuddle up on the couch underneath a blanket and binge-watch netflix while munching on warm freshly baked scones…

Being brought up in New Zealand, it’s fair to say that my boyfriend Nathan has eaten a lot of scones. When we first met over 7 years ago he showed me the difference between what makes a bad scone and a good scone, and since then I’ve been playing with all sorts of flavor combinations to create my favorite.

I must say that this orange date scone comes pretty darn close – light, fluffy, sweet and subtle at the same time, and a sure way to boost your mood!

Orange & Date Scones

Orange & Date Scones
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  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tbsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. 1/2 cup dates, very roughly chopped
  5. 1 tbsp orange peel
  6. 50 g/1.7 oz non-dairy butter, cut into cubes
  7. 1 cup soy milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  1. Preheat the oven at 200°/390F. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, dates and orange peel in a large bowl. Whisk soy milk and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Make a well in the middle and carefully add 1/4 cup of soy milk mixture at a time while stirring. Work the ingredients into a sticky dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, sprinkle some flour on top and fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother.
  4. Shape into a large round flat shape, about 1 inch thick and then cut round shapes from the dough with a cookie cutter or a tea cup. Transfer the scones to a sheet lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they're fluffy and lightly golden. Serve with a hot cup of tea.
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  • Kara
    May 20 at 8:42 pm

    Hi, I am new to scone baking so forgive me if this question is simple, but are you supposed to cut/shape the individual scones before baking? The way your instructions read it sounds like you are supposed to shape all of the dough into a round and then bake, but the pictures shows several small scones?

    • Sofia
      May 22 at 8:21 am

      Hi Kara! Not a silly question at all, the two ways I prefer are cutting round shapes out of an dough (1 inch thick) with a cookie cutter like in this recipe, or cutting them into triangles and place them individually on a baking sheet. You cut them first, and then bake them :).

  • Maxene Casidy
    July 18 at 1:52 am

    Im going to try to make the lemon cake