Sticky date scones – International Incident Party

Sticky date scones

August is my birthday month. Although I have kept it low key, my fellow Penny from Jeroxie kindly invited me and another August babe Cherrie of Sweet Cherrie Pie to co-host this month International Incident Party.

And we have scones!

And not just normal scones. I made sticky date scones = cream-based scones (forget the butter!) + butterscotch sauce. It is a dangerous combination. Dangerous, since I cannot stop at one.

I need to sing praise for Gary Mehigan’s date and lemon scone recipe, which I found on masterchef website. A very fluffy and buttery scone. Perfect texture. Flavor wise, the date flavour comes out beautifully since the scone itself it not too sweet. I love scone. I love dates. And dates and butterscotch sauce are such a perfect match. It’s only natural to keep them together :).

Sticky date scones


Recipe by Gary Mehigan. Remember to work quickly and do not overwork the dough.

150ml-175ml milk
150ml cream
1 egg
3 cups self-raising flour
2 tbs caster sugar
1 cup chopped, dried dates
Finely grated rind 1 lemon
Cream & butterscotch sauce, to serve

Makes 12

1. Preheat oven 200°C fan forced. Line large flat oven tray with baking paper.

2. Whisk 150ml milk, cream and egg together until well combined. Combine flour, sugar, dates and lemon rind in a large bowl. Add milk mixture and stir gently to a soft dough, adding remaining milk if necessary. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough comes together.

3. Press dough out to 2cm-thick. Cut scones from dough and place onto tray flat-side up. Press dough together gently and repeat using the remaining dough. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden and well risen. Serve hot with butterscotch sauce + cream or creamy yoghurt

Sticky date scones
Butterscotch sauce

Adapted from

Ingredients (serves 4)

60ml (2/3 cup) thin cream
155g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) dark brown sugar
50g (2 1/2 tbs) butter, cubed
2 tsp ginger powder

Place the cream, sugar, butter and vanilla essence in a medium heavy-based saucepan, stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until well combined.

Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove the pan from the heat. Set aside. Serve at room temperature.

55 Responses to Sticky date scones – International Incident Party

  1. ChichaJo says:

    Sounds delish Anh! This post is making me hungry!

  2. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    How tasty these sound! I must across the pond, I haven't had the chance to try anything with date and butterscotch flavors but the way you make it sound, I need to remedy that pronto!

  3. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    How funny…I just made these same scones! I shot them with a Polaroid…very uncanny! (I didn't make a butterscotch sauce though!) They look great and I too enjoyed the recipe!

  4. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! I love how they look. Totally inviting.

  5. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says:

    Absolutely gorgeous – love the rustic look of them and those flavours???? Mmmm! Happy birthday month too!

  6. Trix says:

    The sauce is killer. And I love the flavors here. Gorgeous!! And happy birthday August babe!

  7. Cherrie Pie says:

    Happy birthday babe! August babies must think alike. I made sticky date scones with butterscotch sauce too! Great minds…. LOL

  8. Faith says:

    Happy Birthday, Anh! The scones are gorgeous, and I love the combo of dates and butterscotch sauce…delicious!

  9. pegasuslegend says:

    my mouth is watering, what wonderful looking scones, thanks for the hosting and Happy Birthday I love this party!

  10. girlichef says:

    Oh, they sound so delicious!! Sticky dates sound fabulous…love 'em =)

  11. Ana Powell says:

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a great one even keeping it low profile.

  12. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Yummy and dates is good for us.

  13. Rochelle says:

    These sound delicious! I can just imagine the cream scones with the dates and that butterscotch! It would be difficult to not eat them all up in once sitting 😀

  14. Monet says:

    Lovely scone recipe…and even better with that butterscotch sauce (I've never made one before). Thank you for sharing such a tempting treat. And Happy Birthday love!

  15. Tamar1973 says:

    I'm usually not a fan of dried fruits but I really like dates! Yum!

  16. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    Oh wow these sound really good, sticky date pudding is soo good already sticky date scones must be even more awesome =)

  17. Iron Chef Shellie says:

    zomg I really really have to try these!

  18. Ladybird says:

    Oooh I don't normally like dates, but I'd definitely give these a go! :)

  19. Nate @ House of Annie says:

    Beautiful looking scones, and unique flavors!

  20. Pavithra says:

    Wow the date scones sounds interesting .. awesome pictures as well…

  21. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Beautiful date scones! Every dessert with sticky toppings is my favourite.

  22. penny aka jeroxie says:

    The 2 birthday girls made scones with sticky date and butterscorch sauce! OMG…. both of you are physic!

  23. Caroline says:

    I love dates so this is something great to make. Butterscotch sauce makes them even better. Can't wait to try these!

  24. Marcellina says:

    Great scones! I love the way you took them over the top with the butterscotch sauce. Yes, I wouldn't be able to stop at just one, either! Happy Birthday!

  25. Hannah says:

    Be still my beating heart! I've never been overly enamoured with scones, but my my my…. add dates and butterscotch sauce and my eyes are boggling. Yum!

  26. MaryMoh says:

    Happy Birthday! That's beautiful dates scones. Thanks very much for sharing.

  27. Trissa says:

    My darling Anh – best birthday wishes for you – a great way to celebrate your birthday with these wonderful sticky date scones – sounds so wonderfully homey and comforting. I love Gary Mehigan recipes – i am thinking of getting his cookbook now.

  28. mylifeinscones says:

    Butterscotch sauce sounds divine!

  29. Johanna GGG says:

    happy birthday – and hurrah for scones – never thought to have them with butterscotch sauce and cream but I love the sticky date theme – sounds so so so delickous

  30. shaz says:

    Oh my, these do sound like a killer combo! I love homemade butterscotch sauce. Happy (belated?) birthday!

  31. My Kitchen in the Rockies says:

    Thanks for your visit. I LOVE scones. Your recipe sounds very delicious. I have never had date scones but like the combo with the butterscotch sauce a lot. It reminds me of a bread pudding recipe I have made before. Delicious. Thanks for sharing. I will take the recipe with me to try.

  32. OohLookBel says:

    Sticky date scones are a brilliant idea! I normally get the ones from Baker's Delight – next time, some butterscotch sauce over the top will do the trick. Thanks!

  33. Sarah says:

    I have seen dates at the farmers' market recently…. I am obsessed with scones! Best month ever!

  34. Che-Cheh says:

    Happy Birthday Anh! I'm an August babe too.

  35. bake in paris says:

    Happy birthday !! (though I am sure what the exact day is). Wish you all the best and success in life, love, and blogging :-)

  36. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    A nice take on the traditional scones! Love that you drizzle them with butterscotch sauce instead of cream and jam :)

  37. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Happy Birthday for this month Anh! I hope you have a great day with lots of delicious goodies like this (that someone else bakes for you so you can relax :) )

  38. Von says:

    I've never made scones before- the only ones I've had didn't taste that good. But seeing scones as delicious as these make me want to try them some time!! These look so good! Esepcially with the butterscotch sauce!

  39. Maria @ ScandiFoodie says:

    I love dates, in fact I love them so much that I'd probably have to buy a separate batch for snacking while I make these gorgeous scones!

  40. Hannah says:

    The pictures are beautiful and they sound so good! BTW I am really sorry about your friend I am keeping her in my prayers!

  41. Abby says:

    I'm an August baby, too, but these days I tend not to dwell on my birthday too much. :) Gorgeous scones! Cream is more traditional anyway, right?

  42. Jessica says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! yum!

  43. Celeste @ Berrytravels says:

    Happy Birthday Anh!!

  44. redmenace says:

    Birthday month! Wonderful! Happy birthday. What better way to celebrate than with these lovely scones? xoxoxo

  45. tigerfish says:

    Happy birthday, girl :)

  46. Emma @CakeMistress says:

    Happy birthday! Drooling over the sauce on those scones. Awesome birthday treat :)

  47. Jo says:

    What an interesting recipe! I've done sticky date cake before but never a scone. Looks delish especially with the sauce.

  48. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    Yum! How good does that thick butterscotch sauce look on those scones! Could definitely eat a batch on my own!

  49. kathryn says:

    Happy birthday month Anh. I thoroughly approve of the Birthday Month concept. In fact I usually appropriate as close to a month as I possibly can for my birthday. It's an important month.

  50. Studded*Strawberries says:

    I made these last night- really liked them omitted the lemon cause I didn't have any but very delish had some today too boyfriend liked as well so thanks for the recipe

  51. Vivienne says:

    I have also tried this recipe before :) But not with the butterscotch of course…I can only imagine how beautiful those scones are with the sauce…

  52. Hannah says:

    Mmm, those look so rich and delicious… It's the butterscotch sauce that puts these over the top! I bet just about anything would taste good underneath a drizzle of it.

  53. Jamie says:

    Happy Birthday, lovely Anh! Gorgeous scones! It is unusual to see dates in a scone but they look fabulous! I love dates! Hope you celebrated your big day in a big way. Hugs!

  54. Meredith says:

    Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!

  55. Annaleigh says:

    Made them today – amazing! Easy recipe and turned out sooooo yummy. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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