Friday, 19 February 2010
A Valentine Breakfast - Orange and Date Scones
I made these scones on Valentine's morning for my boys. I know it's a little bit cheesy, and I'm not normally the mushy type, but they slept in really late and so I made them a special Valentine's Day breakfast. Nope, not the in bed kind!
I was planning to make little heart shape scones *shudder*, but I couldn't find my heart shaped cookie cutter (which I later found in the play dough box).
The recipe was adapted from one of the Masterclass episodes of MasterChef 2009, with some minor adjustments. I used orange rind instead of lemon, and also substituted the cream with natural yoghurt. It worked out really well!
Orange and Date Scones recipe:
150ml natural yoghurt
3 cups self-raising flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 cup chopped, dried dates
Finely grated rind of 2 oranges
Cream & jam, to serve
1. Preheat oven 200°C fan forced. Line large flat oven tray with baking paper.
2. Whisk 150ml milk, yoghurt and egg together until well combined. Combine flour, sugar, dates and orange rind in a large bowl. Add milk mixture and stir gently to a soft dough, adding more milk if necessary. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough comes together.
3. Press dough out to 2cm-thick. Cut scones from dough and place onto tray flat-side up. Press dough together gently and repeat using the remaining dough. Brush the tops with a little milk. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden and well risen.
Serve with a dollop of fresh cream and jam, or just how I like it: a little slather of butter.
They are so easy and takes only 10 minutes to throw together. It doesn't take much of an effort to make a special breakfast for the family and who doesn't like waking up to the aroma of freshly baked scones?