Recipe

Sticky date scones

Give your regular afternoon-tea fare a sweet lift with these sticky date scones. The butterscotch sauce adds a deliciously luscious note to this decadent treat. Enjoy.

  • 5 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • Makes 15
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Ingredients

Sticky date scones
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dried dates
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 60 gram butter, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • butterscotch sauce
  • whipped cream, to serve
Butterscotch sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 75 gram butter
  • 300 millilitre cream

Method

Sticky date scones
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan forced. Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine dates, soda and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat, stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Add milk; blend or process until smooth.
  • 2
    Place flour, sugar and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • 3
    Make a well at centre. Add egg and date mixture. Using a round-bladed knife, stir until dough just comes together. Knead dough gently on a lightly floured surface. Press dough to 3cm thick. Using a 5.50m round pastry cutter, cut dough into rounds. Gently press leftover dough together and repeat to make a total of 15 scones. Place scones, side by side, on prepared tray.
  • 4
    Bake for 15 minutes or until scones sound hollow when tapped lightly.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, to make butterscotch sauce, combine sugar, butter and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  • 6
    Serve scones with sauce and cream.

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