If somehow you got the idea scones are just boring cousins of donuts, this recipe will set the record straight. A little bit sweet and a little bit savoury, they’re so versatile, you really can enjoy them anytime. Our Dark Brown Sugar compliments the complex flavours of rosemary and rich dates, and we used our Turbinado Sugar for the perfect finish — mellow sweetness, with an irresistible crunch.
25 minutes chilling time
For the scones:
- 2¾ cup + 2 tbsp (360 g) all-purpose flour, divided 2¾ cup + 2 tbsp (360 g) all-purpose flour, divided
- ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar
- 5 tsp (8 g) fresh rosemary, minced 5 tsp (8 g) fresh rosemary, minced
- 2½ tsp (12 g) baking powder 2½ tsp (12 g) baking powder
- ½ tsp (3 g) salt ½ tsp (3 g) salt
- ¼ tsp (1 g) baking soda ¼ tsp (1 g) baking soda
- ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (184 g) butter, cut into ½-inch cubes ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (184 g) butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
- ¾ cup (188 ml) milk ¾ cup (188 ml) milk
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) pure vanilla extract 1 tbsp (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (155 g) pitted dates, roughly chopped 1 cup (155 g) pitted dates, roughly chopped
For the egg wash:
- 1 egg 1 egg
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) milk 1 tbsp (15 ml) milk
- Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
For the drizzle (optional):
- ½ cup (60 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar ½ cup (60 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
- 1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 ml) water 1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 ml) water
- Baking sheet Baking sheet
- Parchment paper Parchment paper
- Scale OR dry measuring cups Scale OR dry measuring cups
- Measuring spoons Measuring spoons
- Liquid measuring cup Liquid measuring cup
- Large bowl Large bowl
- Whisk Whisk
- Small dish OR parchment paper Small dish OR parchment paper
- Small bowl x 2 Small bowl x 2
- Food processor (large) fitted with metal blade OR large bowl with pastry blender Food processor (large) fitted with metal blade OR large bowl with pastry blender
- Fork x 2 Fork x 2
- Bench scraper (preferably metal) OR bowl scraper Bench scraper (preferably metal) OR bowl scraper
- Rolling pin Rolling pin
- Ruler Ruler
- Chef’s knife Chef’s knife
- Wire cooling rack Wire cooling rack
Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
For the scones:
In a large bowl, whisk together 2¾ cups (344 grams) flour, the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, minced fresh rosemary, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until well combined. Place into the freezer to chill; at least 15 minutes.
Place the cubed butter in a single layer onto a dish or piece of parchment paper. Place into the freezer to chill; 15 minutes.
In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk and vanilla extract. Set aside in the fridge until needed.
In a small bowl, toss together the chopped dates with the remaining 2 tablespoons (16 grams) of flour until evenly coated. Place into the fridge until needed.
In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with a metal blade, place the chilled flour mixture, and pulse until no flour or sugar lumps remain.
Scatter the chilled butter pieces over the surface of the flour mixture. Pulse until butter pieces are pea-sized with a few larger pieces remaining.
Transfer the mixture back into the large bowl. Add in the flour-coated dates. Toss gently to distribute the chopped dates throughout the dry ingredients.
Drizzle the milk mixture over the dry ingredients, using a fork to quickly and gently incorporate. When all the liquid is in the flour, use clean hands to push and “squeeze” the ingredients into the centre of the bowl to combine.
Turn mixture out onto a clean work surface and pat into a 1-inch thick rectangle, using a bench scraper to push and “square” off and straighten the sides of the dough. Working quickly, fold the dough in half using the bench scraper and hands to guide the shorter edge to meet the other short edge. Repeat the process 4 to 5 times, picking up any dry bits and placing them on top of the patted dough, before folding the dough onto itself until a cohesive and smooth, non-shaggy dough forms.
If needed, lightly flour the work surface. For a smoother, even surface, use a rolling pin to quickly roll dough into a 1-inch thick rectangle (10 inches x 6 inches). If using a metal bench scraper, cut dough into squares or triangles. For squares, cut rectangle into thirds, lengthwise, then into fifths, crosswise to make 15 scones. For triangles, cut rectangle into quarters, then each quarter diagonally each way into 4 triangles to make 16 scones. Alternatively, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the dough; do not use a serrated knife, as the sawing motion will seal the layers, preventing the scone from rising.
Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced 1½ to 2 inches apart, and place into the fridge to chill; 10 minutes.
For the egg wash:
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.
Remove the chilled scones from the fridge and lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash, being careful not to allow the egg mixture to drip down the sides as this will also seal the layers and prevent lift.
Sprinkle the tops with the Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar.
Place scones into the preheated oven. Reduce temperature to 400°F (204°C). Bake for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
Cool slightly on the pan and carefully remove onto a wire cooling rack to cool.
For the drizzle (optional):
In a small bowl, stir together the Redpath® Icing Sugar and water until smooth.
Drizzle the icing over the cooled scones. Serve at room temperature.
*Keeping all ingredients as cold as possible creates scones that are flaky in texture. The butter is prevented from melting before the scones get into the oven, allowing layers to form.
*Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar can be used in place of the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar. Note that the resulting scones may be lighter in colour and have less pronounced caramel notes.
*Fresh thyme can be used in place of rosemary if desired.
*Scones can be frozen for up to 2 months after they have been cut out. Place cut scones onto a baking sheet and freeze. Remove frozen scones and place into a large freezer-safe bag, airtight container, or individually wrap with plastic wrap. Scones can later be baked from frozen. Add about 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time when doing so.
*Completely cooled scones can be stored in the same way as unbaked scones. Allow to thaw at room temperature for about an hour before reheating them in a preheated (350°F/ 177°C) oven or toaster oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, microwave scones at 15-second intervals until heated through.
*Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.