I do like a cheap, quick and healthy after school snack for my 3 girls that will keep them from inhaling the contents of the fruit bowl or fridge before dinner time but also one that is not loaded with sugar and fat. My girls love scones, they are really quick and inexpensive to make. This version is made with half wholemeal flour and packed with dates so gets some dietary fibre into them too.
1 cup plain white flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
1 cup wholemeal flour
1-2 Tblsp sugar
50g butter or vegetable shortening
1 cup ready to eat dates, roughly chopped
¾ cup buttermilk
¼ cup milk
If you don't have buttermilk then use ½ cup natural yoghurt and ½ cup milk.
Preheat your oven to 220C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, wholemeal flour and sugar. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the dates and pour in the buttermilk/yoghurt and milk. Mix quickly to form a soft dough.
Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, pat out to 2-3cm thick and cut into rounds or squares.
Transfer to the prepared baking tray.
Bake 10-15 minutes until golden and cooked through. Serve warm.
I am submitting these scones to the Alphabakes blogging challenge, which is being hosted by Caroline this month, the letter is D.
Because Scones are cheap to make I am also submitting them to Credit Crunch Munch which is run by Helen and Camilla.
Since these scones are fairly healthy I'm also sending them to Calendar Cakes which is run by Laura with Rachel from Dolly Bakes – the theme for this month is "New Year New You!"