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Date Cardamom Orange Scones

Date Cardamom Orange Scones

Date Cardamom Orange Scones - Wake up the flavours in your weekend brunch with these warmly spiced orange scones with pieces of sweet dates baked right in.
Course Brunch
Cuisine British Inspired
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 small scones or 10 large
Calories 200 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup very cold butter cubed
  • Zest of one large orange finely grated or minced
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dried dates
  • Juice of one large orange plus milk to total 1 cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


  1. I start these in my food processor because it is so fast but they can be made just as easily in a large bowl by cutting the butter in with a pastry blender or even 2 knifes held between the fingers.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cardamom and salt.
  3. Pulse in the cold butter until this mixture resembles a coarse meal. It is very important that pea sized pieces of butter remain in this mixture.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and toss in the dates and orange zest.
  5. Juice the large orange that you zested and add that to a measuring cup. Add enough milk to bring the total volume of liquid tot he 1 cup mark., then stir in the vanilla extract
  6. Pour this liquid over the surface of the dry mixture. Toss all together gently with a fork only enough to form a dough ball.
  7. It is important that you work this dough as little as possible or the finished scones will be too dense and heavy.
  8. Roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out scones with biscuit cutter or in triangles with a sharp knife and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. If desired you can brush the tops of the scones with an egg wash of 1 egg beaten together with 1 tbsp water.
  10. You can sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and a little more orange zest if desired but this is, of course, optional.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.

Recipe Notes

Makes 8 to 1o large scones or about 18 small scones.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated