This recipe for Starbucks Copycat Date Scones is moist, dense and full of flavor with a wonderful texture, filled with healthy dates, whole wheat, bran and oat flours, topped with a sweet buttermilk glaze. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or tea time.
While at my friend Wendy’s house for lunch, she told me about these date scones. In fact, she had some frozen, so she gave me one; I was skeptical to be honest, dates? EW! I was delightfully surprised when I tried them. She shared the newspaper recipe clipping (remember those?) with me, called “Starbucks’ Date Scones.” I never seen them in their coffee shops, but they should bring them back, because they are delicious and semi-nutritious!
I’m trying to reduce white flour when I can, so I also added some oat flour for moistness displacing some of the white flour and finished them with a pretty buttermilk glaze.
How to Make a Whole Grain Scone
Don’t let the dates scare you away! While delicious by themselves, I am not a fan of dates or raisins in baked goods. It’s a texture thing, that mushy plumped up texture after baking just grosses me out (sorry mom). But you don’t get that with these, in fact the dates are blended in so well you just taste the natural sweetness, requiring only ¼ cup of brown sugar! Thanks for encouraging me to try them Wendy! Don’t let the ingredients scare you away!
TIP | No food processor? Working in smaller batches, you can achieve the same using your blender.
Fresh dates are best, they are soft, sweet and light. Cut the date in half lengthwise, slip out the seed (kinda looks like a pecan)…
…chopping them into smaller pieces for a total of ⅔ cups.
Toss them into the bowl with the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to mix in dates.
Chop your cold butter lengthwise and then into tablespoon size chunks, place into food processor and pulse just until crumbly, or you may cut in by hand with a pastry blender or use a regular blender.
Partially beat your egg and pour it into the nozzle of the food processor, while pulsing on low, then add your buttermilk, pulsing on low until combined and mixture holds together, it’s okay if you have some dry parts you will work those in later.
TIP: No buttermilk? No problem! Measure 1 cup milk and stir 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice, let sit for about 5-10 minutes. Then use the amount needed.
Remove dough to floured surface and knead 4-5 times (folding and push, fold again and push), adding a few tablespoons of flour if too sticky.
Shaping and Forming Scones
Prep a parchment lined half sheet pan, pat into a 1-inch thick round disc; the original instructions called for a rectangle, either way would work. Or divide into two dough balls and make two smaller discs. Cut into even triangles, making them as large or small as you wish. Using a spatula, pull them slightly away from each other.
Cover loosely with a clean tea towel and let rest for 10-15 minutes while your oven preheats to 350°.
After resting, you may sprinkle with coarse natural sugar, such as Demerara (pictured below) OR make a delicious buttermilk glaze below.
How to Make Buttermilk Glaze
In a small saucepan add your sugar, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, corn syrup and baking soda.
Heat over medium-low heat until melted and combined, stirring constantly, it will start to foam up from the baking soda, reduce the heat and keep stirring, the foam will go down as you stir.
Stir for a few more minutes until the glaze coats the back of a spoon, or until it no longer smells of the baking soda, it will dry into a pretty amber color.
Brush on scones, straight from the oven, the glaze will seep into the nooks of the scones making them oh-so-moist.
Allow to cool 10 minutes on pan, then transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely.
TIP | You may have to run a knife through your slices before transferring to the wire rack.
Enjoy! Try freezing any leftovers and re-warming. Delicious warm or room temperature, serve alongside a fruit salad or with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee as the case may be!
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Delightfully flavorful and moist date scones, just the right amount of sweetness, balanced with a hearty texture, perfect for teas or luncheons. Originally derived from an old Starbucks recipe.
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup oat flour
- ¼ cup bran (wheat or oat, I used wheat)
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ – 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup butter, chilled, cut into chunks
- ⅔ cup fresh dates, chopped
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- ⅔ cup buttermilk
- Demerara Sugar (for sprinkling – optional)
BUTTERMILK GLAZE (Optional)
- ¼ cup sugar (unbleached, pure cane sugar works great)
- ⅛ cup buttermilk
- ⅛ cup butter
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp (rounded) baking soda
- Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, bran, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to mix.
- Toss in chopped dates, pulse 2-3 times.
- Toss in cold, chopped butter, pulse until crumbly. Or if no food processor, cut in butter with pastry blender.
- Slightly beat the egg, pour into the spout of the food processor, pulsing on low several times.
- With food processor on low, add buttermilk until dough ball forms.
- Remove from bowl and place on floured surface, kneading several times.
- If dough is too sticky, add a few tablespoons of oat flour and knead into the scones.
- Pat into a round disc, about 1 inch thick.
- Cut into desired sizes, easily makes 12 scones, more if you make smaller triangles.
- Transfer to a baking sheet (ungreased), if desired you may separate completely and bake as separate scones. I think they are more moist if you keep the disc together for baking.
- Sprinkle with demerara sugar if desired.
- Cover with clean tea towel and let rest for 15 minutes while your oven preheats to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
- Immediately brush on buttermilk glaze if desired.
- Let sit for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack for full cooling.
BUTTERMILK GLAZE INSTRUCTIONS
- In small saucepan place buttermilk, sugar, butter, vanilla and baking soda.
- Bring to slow boil on medium-low heat, while stirring constantly.
- It will foam up, stir and lower heat as it begins to foam. Continue stirring, foam will subside.
- Continue simmering until it reduces back to regular volume and turns a light amber color, a few minutes. The strong smell of the baking soda should also go away.
- Brush onto hot scones for full penetration.
- Allow scones to cool.
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