Spiced Date Scones with Browned Butter Glaze

Spiced Date Scones with Browned Butter Glaze

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Lately, I’ve been using Medjool dates in a lot of my baking. I love how they are naturally sweet and have plenty of fiber to help keep the glycemic index lower than pure sugar. Sugar is still sugar, but dates are also fresh fruit, so I think they are perfectly acceptable, in moderation of course. One of my new favorite ways to use these delicious little fruits is in my Spiced Date Scones!

You can find the recipe below or purchase a printable recipe card from my Etsy shop here!

Browned Butter Glaze

Shortly after taking these Spiced Date Scones out of the oven, naturally I figured I should taste test. They were really good, but it wasn’t until I tried one with browned butter glaze that I realized the true potential of these little pastries. I did say the glaze is optional on the recipe, but honestly, it adds so much deliciousness! Most every glaze I’ve ever made consists of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract (or cinnamon). It’s a perfectly fine way to make a glaze, but it doesn’t have much flavor and it tends to soak into the pastry. But Browned Butter Glaze is another story! The butter makes it taste like caramel and with the heating method, it actually hardens shortly after drizzling it on! I was so excited when I discovered this new method, I did a little happy dance 🙂 . I don’t think I can ever go back!

Medjool Dates

Sometimes, Medjool dates can be hard to find. If I’m in a pinch, I can get some organic ones at Trader Joe’s which are pretty good and reasonably priced. However, I try to be cautious about purchasing from private label brands because there is no transparency about the supplier. Simply having the USDA Organic label does not always mean it was produced in the true spirit of organics. There is a lot of fraud with factory farms producing foods that technically are “organic” but really stretch the limits.

With that being said, by best date recommendation is Joolies Organic Medjool Dates. They are very high quality, organic, and glyphosate-free. The company takes pride in the fruit they produce and I trust their organic practices. They will certainly make your Spiced Date Scones even more delicious!

Spiced Date Scones
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Spiced Date Scones & Browned Butter Glaze

Spiced Date Scones feature warm spices, rich, caramelly Medjool dates, and an astounding browned butter glaze.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 14 scones
Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients

Scones

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Tbsp Irish butter
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • ¾ Tbsp cinnamon extract or vanilla

Instructions

Scones

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sucanat, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and salt.
  • Use a cheese grater to shred the butter into the bowl. Use your hands or a pastry blender to incorporate it into the dry ingredients until you have pea-sized pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the applesauce, maple syrup, and buttermilk.
  • Add the mixture to the large bowl and stir to combine.
  • When the dough comes together, gently fold in the chopped dates. Place half the dough on a well-floured surface and form it into a flat circle, about an inch thick.
  • Slice the circle into 6-8 triangles and place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Glaze (optional)

  • When the scones are nearly cool, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Allow it to brown for a few minutes to achieve maximum flavour. Whisk often.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar, water, and cinnamon extract. Remove from heat and drizzle over the scones while the glaze is stall warm.
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