There a many varieties of scones and here I have combined the dates with the orange to give a more interesting taste. They are quick and easy to prepare and should be eaten the same day.
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- grated orange peel from 2 oranges
- 4 oz/110 gm butter
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
- 3/4 cup milk
Sift the flour and baking powder and then add the salt and sugar. Grate the orange peel coursely and then chop a little more finely. Add to the mixture and then add the chopped butter. Crumble with your fingertips. Add the dates. Add the yoghurt then the milk. Do not beat to mix. Instead use a cold knife and chop to combine. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured board and smooth over and shape with the knife. Cut into 11-12 squares and place on a greased oven tray. Glaze each scone with a little milk. Bake at 215 C/425 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned (if you are using a fan-forced oven then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Place on to a wire rack to cool.