Thursday, May 21, 2020

Banana Date Scones #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: On one of our first days in Scotland last summer (and oh my gosh that seems like a lifetime ago and another universe,) we explored the little town of Melrose. John and I got separated for a bit--either I had lingered in the graveyard, or more likely, found a ladies' room! 

And he came back from his walk with the most delicious scone I’ve ever eaten, purchased from a small bakery nearby. (Actually, it was only part of a small scone, because he'd eaten the rest of it.) I did not get a photo but I’ve been craving a repeat of that scone ever since. We remember it as a banana date combination and that’s what I tried to re-create for you here.


1 5/8 cup flour
1/6 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Three-quarter teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup cold unsalted butter
1/3 cup sour cream (could also be whole milk plain yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla
One ripe banana
1/2 cup chopped dates

Mix all the dry ingredients up through the salt together. Cut in the cold butter until it’s the size of small peas.

Mash the banana well and stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix well. Add the dates and mix those in. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.

Shape the dough into a circle on a floured surface. Flatten the circle and cut it into six pieces. 

Bake this at 425 for 10 to 12 minutes. I left it in for 10 and it could have used one or two more.

Serve with more butter and jam if you like.

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  1. You cut up dates into your scones? Isn't that a little hard on the male population? What happens when you run out? And don't you need a bigger knife? LOLOLOL! I'm so funny!

  2. Scones are quite wondrous. So many possible variations, both sweet and savory.Now you have me wanting one!

    1. I could use one of these right now too, with my cup of tea!

    2. Not sure why my comment came out as unknown.

  3. These look absolutely divine! I bet they would taste great with date caramel. Have you ever made it? So good!

  4. Perfect timing. I have a ripe banana that needs to be used! Congrats on new book!