- #284241joybel May 6, 2008 at 8:54 pm
How does one make the dates mushy to sandwich in the middle of a scone dough?
Joybel#284243OpalMemberMember since: October 28, 2006
Replies: 1Opal May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm
why not chop up the dates and mix them in with the other ingredients ?
You could put a little boiling water in with them and mix till soft.#284245joybel May 7, 2008 at 6:35 pm
I love to cut a scone open and have the dates covering both sides all soft and yummy, Opal. I think they would have to be mushed in a pot over hot water or some other way to get that spreading consistency. Thanks for replying.
Joybel#284247fernMemberMember since: September 26, 2006
Replies: 40059fern May 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Joybel….I make date butter. Just put some dates in a pot, barely cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 30 minutes. Then you either whizz them up in the food processor or I just mash them with a fork. I store it in the fridge, and you can also freeze it, which I do in small batches. It’s yummy as it’s very spreadable and you can use it for scones and the like, but it’s also great stirred through porridge…..much healthier than brown sugar. Enjoy.#284249joybel May 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm
I think that is the way to go Fern and I can just smell and taste my date scones with mushy date middles. Getting on with it right away. Thanks very much for your kind donation.
Joybel#284251fernMemberMember since: September 26, 2006
Replies: 40059fern May 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm
A shortcut is to soak a few dates overnight in hot water and they’re mushy by the morning. I do this sometimes when I can’t be bothered doing the ‘pot’ thing and I want some on my porridge next day. Not quite as good as the simmering method, but okay all the same.#284253BJBMemberMember since: October 16, 2007
Replies: 13881BJB May 12, 2008 at 6:22 pm
When making scones, if you do not feel like rubbing the butter into the flour, try grating the butter, ( better taken straight from fridge ) and add to flour, then add milk and mix.#284255joybel May 12, 2008 at 6:38 pm
Yes, well I made my first mushy date scones. Suspect I used selfraising flour plus 6 tsps b. pwd. Rolled out the dough and spread on the dates and folded the half over. they sure rose and the dates kind of went a bit over the edges while the folded edge forced the other side to rise up. They taste lovely and next time a few changes will happen.
B.J I use the cheapest margarine and it rubs in very easily.
Joybel#284257MichelingirlMemberMember since: June 28, 2006
Replies: 9Michelingirl December 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm
Try soaking dates in orange juice or lemon juice rather than water. Yummmm
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