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    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Scones - How About Date and Apple - Delicious Autumn Food

    Its Apple season, and they are at their best, but sometimes, you don't get around to eat them while they are crisp. Best thing to do then...cook them.
    I decided that roasting was a good idea.
    Just lightly oil a roasting tin, remove any impurities, cut them in half and roast till they collapse.
    When they have cooled,
    Through the Food mill to remove the skins and the pips.
    I then flavoured the pulp, with the zest and juice of an orange.
    So of course, cooked this way great for a baby but should I do now for adults.
    Funny how the mind works... is there any reason why they can't be used to make scones?
    WELL this was a sensational idea.
    Talk about flaky and soft crumb with a crisp top. We loved them.
    We had 2 Mad Birds visiting and they  wolfed them down as well
    If you wish use the food processor to mix the flour and butter
    Makes light work of it
    Pre-heat oven to 210C
    2 cups Self Raising Flour
    1 teaspoon Baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    4 tablespoons butter, chopped into small cubes
    12 dates chopped
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup apple pulp

    Add flour, baking powder and salt to food processor
    Blitz to lighten and mix well
    Add butter and pulse until it look like bread crumbs
    Only takes seconds

    Best now to add the liquid and dates by hand

    Stir the apple pulp and milk till smooth
    Tip flour into mixing bowl
    Add dates
    Throw in all of the liquid and mix.
    It is quite a wet dough, that is fine
    Lay on a lightly floured board
    Form a rectangle and divide into 8
    Place on a baking tray lined with Baking paper
    Brush with milk
    Cook in oven approx 15 minutes
    Look how flaky they are.
    Delicious with butter but actually they are fine on their own.

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