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Lemon buttermilk date scones recipe

Scones are an easy snack to make from scratch. This scone recipe is perfect for morning tea or afternoon tea and is delicious with fresh cream and jam. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe finder



  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • milk extra, for brushing


Preheat oven to 220°C

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in large bowl.

Rub in butter with finger tips until resembles breadcrumbs.

With a spoon, mix in dates and lemon zest. Add milk and stir until combined.

Turn out onto floured surface, and don't work it too much - just enough to ensure it doesn't stick to the bench but sticks to each other.

Pour out a little extra flour to dip your cutter/glass/'babycino cup' into and cut out and place onto a greased tray, close together and almost touching. Brush with milk.

Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned.


  • These are perfect served with butter, cream and some homemade jam. I’m sure store-bought jam would be OK too!
  • These scones freeze really well so you can enjoy them through the week.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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