Soft and Sweet Date Scones

If you follow along on instagram you’ll know this is my go to recipe for sweet scones, it’s just so adaptable.

Here are many reasons why this recipe is so adaptable. You can use the following alternative ingredients to make this recipe suit you;

  • You could use either lemonade or soda water (omit the sugar if you use lemonade) 
  • If you don’t have fresh cream you could use UHT cream (which I always have a few stashed in my pantry) 
  • If you don’t have Self-raising flour you can use 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder per cup of flour
  • For an extra flavour of citrus, you could add orange or lemon rind to the dates as you soften them.
  • Soaking the dates first makes them soft and sweet.

The mixture will be quite wet, so make sure your surface is well floured when you tip it out.

Sprinkle a little more flour on top and gently roll the dough in the flour to form a soft dough ball.

Gently shape into a 3cm -ish high rectangle or circle. You choose. Do you want squares or triangles?

Cut into even pieces and pop into a hot oven.
I like to use these washable and reusable silicon mats to line my trays. It avoids wasting large amounts of baking paper. Or alternatively I use compostable baking paper (I use it several times and then pop in the compost when there is not life left).

Once they are out of the oven let them cool slightly before pulling them apart, cutting in half with a serrated knife and smothering in butter.

If you love dates like me you could also try:

Anna’s Sticky Date Pudding

VJ’s Date and Weetbix Loaf

Annabel’s Ultimate Chocolate Brownie

Soft and Sweet Date Scones

A quick and easy scone recipe that is super soft; and will 'wow' your friends
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Morning tea, Plate, Smoko
Keyword: dates, dates, cream, soda water, easy, scone, scones, sweet, three ingredients
Servings: 12
Author: Philippa Cameron


  • cups Self Raising Flour
  • ½ cup Castor Sugar Optional
  • 1 cup Cream (250ml)
  • 1 cup Soda Water (250ml)
  • 1 cup Chopped Dates Use a large coffee cup as your measurement
  • Lemon zest (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 200℃
  • Place the dates (and lemon zest if you are using) in a pot and cover with water.  Simmer until the dates are soft and their is no liquid left.
  • Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl in the order of ingredients listed.
  • Tip out onto a floured surface.
  • Sprinkle flour on the top of the mixture, and gently roll the dough in the flour to make a ball.
  • Gently pat into a 3-4cm high rectangle or round (you choose).
  • Cut into even pieces (will make about 8-12) and place on a lined tray.
  • Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins. 
  • Allow to cool before pulling apart.