Maple Date Scones

The weekend is almost here and I have one word for you: scones.

Scones are my new favorite breakfast baked good because they’re so, so easy! I’m kind of disappointed no one has told me about scones sooner. You basically mix up the dough, pat it into a circle, lightly cut and bake. Done!



Scones laugh in the face of pancakes and waffles that require time hunkered over the stove. Once you pop these in the oven your work is all but done unless you want to whip up a cup of joe.



Scones also win for flavor. They’re not overly sweet and don’t require add ons like syrup to become a star.

Scones = 2
Pancakes = 0

Seriously, pancakes, I’m sorry but we may have to break up.


Maple Date Scones
From Cooking Light

2 cups flour
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup skim milk
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup chilled butter
½ cup chopped pitted dates

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Combine milk and maple syrup in a small bowl set aside. Lightly flour a large cutting board.  Cut butter into the dry ingredients, crumbling with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add dates, mixing to combine. Stir in milk mixture until just moist. Turn dough onto the cutting board and knead 4 or 5 times. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle and place on the baking sheet. Cut into 6 wedges, cutting into but not through the dough. Bake for 13 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Renee - March 30, 2012 - 7:08 pm

This post seriously made me chuckle. From the first line all the way through to your tragic breakup with pancakes. And of course I want to make these immediately, sadly though having just moved my pantry is seriously lacking, I think the only ingredient I currently have is milk. I see a shopping trip in my future.
Speaking of Ingredients- could I leave the dates out? Or substitute something else?

ModernMealsForTwo - March 30, 2012 - 7:31 pm

I’m glad it made you laugh :)
Cooking Light suggested substituting raisins, but not being a raisin fan I kind of wrinkle my nose at that suggestion. The dough itself it slightly sweet so I think any dried fruit would work well. Apricots would be my best suggestion.
I wouldn’t recommend omitting the fruit entirely. The best bites were definitely those with dates and I fear you may grow weary of just the subtle sweetness. But I certainly won’t barge into your home and pour dried fruit into your batter. Either way, let me know if you make them and like them!

Alison - April 3, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Amazing!! I seriously love dates and maple, so making these would be absolutely delicious. I have a friend from Saudi Arabia and we take turns teaching each other how to cook items that are common in our country, so I think I’ll have to teach her these, because with the addition of dates (a very middle eastern thing!), she’ll love them!

ModernMealsForTwo - April 3, 2012 - 6:57 pm

I’m glad you like the recipe. This was my first time cooking with dates and I was not dissapointed! They were great baked in the slightly sweet crust. I will warn you – once you make these scones you’ll be ruined on other breakfast sweets ;)

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