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Wholemeal and Buttermilk Date Scones

  • 15 minutes
  • 12 minutes
  • Makes 12
Wholemeal and Buttermilk Date Scones

Date scones are a long-time favourite.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour (see Cook's Tips)
  • 1-2 tblsp soft brown sugar
  • 50 grams butter
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (see Cook's Tips)
  • ¼ cup milk or water


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and mixed spice into a large bowl. Stir in the wholemeal flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs. Mix in the dates.
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk and milk. Mix quickly with a knife to form a soft dough.
  3. Knead the dough lightly on a floured board. Roll out to about 2-3cm thick and cut into 6cm rounds. Transfer to a greased baking tray.
  4. Bake at 220ºC for 10-18 minutes until cooked. Serve warm.

Cooks Tips

- Replace wholemeal flour, if wanted, with 2 cups plain flour. - If you do not have buttermilk, replace it with ½ cup yoghurt and increase the ¼ cup milk to ½ milk.

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Michele CHARLESWORTH | 29 May 2012

Your scones are always light, yet full of fruit. Yum.