On a recent trip with the California Farm Water Coalition Board, we toured the Coachella Valley and learned how Dates are grown and harvested.
It’s quite fascinating, really. The crops are harvested just once a year and someone has to climb to the tops of each tree six to eight times during that process to ensure a fruitful (no pun intended) harvest! All of the dates grown in the USA, come from this region. It certainly makes me appreciate these sweet little gems! So when I ran across a recipe for Honey Scones that were filled with old-fashioned oats, I thought, why not add some dates to the mix and see what happens? Sometimes I just get crazy that way. P.S. If adding fruit to a plain scone recipe is crazy, obviously I don’t set the bar too high on my definition of crazy. ;-)
Ironically, there is a type of date called a “Honey Date” and that’s what I used here, but it’s not where the name of the recipe came from. This recipe uses honey as part of the sweetener. It’s just a happy coincidence!
The recipe makes 8 scones and goes together in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a weekday morning or even a busy weekend when you want something quick before you dash out the door to explore your world! I like that these scones are moist on the inside, unlike typical scones which tend to be a little dry.
Once they were baked, I brushed the scones with a bit of orange juice and let it soak in to the top. Oranges and dates are a beautiful flavor combination and while it’s very subtle, it’s one of those little steps that adds a lot to the finished product! Plus, your kitchen will smell just lovely!
The orange juice and fresh date glaze on the top might have enhanced the moist factor just a bit…
Then, in true “Imperfect Kitchen” form, while glazing the scones and feeling all fancy because I’d put the glaze in a squeeze bottle to make it look pretty,
BAM! The top came off the squeeze bottle and the rest of the glaze dumped over this scone. What a mess! Thankfully, it was the last scone and the rest of them did look nice. Of course, I had to eat that one. Part of being a blogger is having to sacrifice and eat your mistakes. Mmmm.. it was a delicious sacrifice too.
Would you like one? I have a few extra. And when you make them yourself, please make sure the lid for your squeeze bottle is screwed on tightly! Enjoy my friends!
What are your favorite kind of scones? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’d like to read more about that Farm Tour, you can find it here: