Date + Orange Scones

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies!I love a good scone. Fluffy and warm. Not too sweet. And they come together in a flash. What’s not to like? It’s important not to skimp on the dates here. No one likes to be cheated.  This recipe has been knocking around for a while. An old workmate of mine (hi Cath!) asked for it a looong time ago and I clearly took my sweet time getting around to it. Do as I say, not as I do. Make them now. No mucking around.

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My Mother’s Scones

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy when you know how

My memories of scones are always craggy squares just baked in time for lunch. They were never big. You need to be able to have a variety of toppings on multiple scones. Simple and perfectly executed. Sometimes they were flavoured. Cheese beloved by all. Date beloved by my father and I but detested by my mother. Today I felt like making something simple and adaptable. Now that I have mastered the scone and have learned a few tricks I should make them more often than I do. This recipe is the exact recipe that was copied down by me onto an index card when I left home. With a liiiitle bit more butter. Because reasons. Fluffy comforting perfection. For the Americans, these are closer to what you would consider a biscuit rather than a richer, more embellished scone. Scones get better with practice. But with only 4 ingredients and taking only a few minutes to prepare it’s no biggie. If you’re not 100% happy that’s what whipped cream is for… NO ONE will complain about getting warm fresh scones on a Sunday morning even if you wish they were taller or browner or whatever-er.

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Blue Cheese + Walnut Scones

 Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 45 Minutes | Difficulty : Moderate

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Scones have always been one of my baking Achilles heels – for some reason I just couldn’t make a great scone. I kept coming back to it and learning more about technique and trying again until I had mastered the dark art of scone making. Turns out that knowing a few important tricks and getting some practice in is all it takes!

The scone part of this recipe is a great all-purpose one – if you’re unsure about scones, try it a couple of times to build your confidence. The great thing is there aren’t any fancy expensive ingredients so if things go a bit wonky there’s no harm done. Plain scones are excellent, especially slathered with jam and whipped cream, but loading them up with cheese and nuts takes them to a whole new level. I first tried this moreish combo to go with pumpkin soup one evening and absolutely loved it. Sharp blue cheese and sweet walnuts are great together.

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