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Coffee, Bacon and Date Scones


  • 115 g frozen butter grated and then frozen again
  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk 
  • 200 g dates sliced or chopped not too fine
  • 4 tbsp of finely ground coffee. 
  • Choose any of our coffee beans for this recipe, which all work well with excellent results
  • Coffee Beans
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200 g cooked bacon chopped


  • Heat the ¾ cup of milk.
  • Add sugar and then add the ground coffee.
  • Heat over low heat, covered, and let the coffee infuse for about 10 minutes.
  • While still warm, add to the sliced dates and let them sit together until the dates absorb most of the milk/coffee mix.
  • Mix the baking powder, salt, and flour together and sift it twice.
  • This is to make sure it mixes thoroughly and lightens up the flour mix.
  • Add the grated frozen butter and rub it in lightly using your fingers. (You don’t want the butter to completely break down and integrate into the flour).
  • Add the soaked dates and bacon and gently mix through using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Add the ½ cup of milk and mix only until it comes together.
  • If the mix seems too dry add another 1 or 2 tbsps of milk.
  • Turn out the dough onto a well floured surface, and fold it over to get a mass of dough that sticks together.
  • Fold it over two more times, gently, being careful not to over handle the dough. Use floured hands to make it less sticky.
  • Pat the dough out lightly to a rectangle that is about 1.5 inches in thickness. Flour the surface of the dough.
  • Cut the scone dough into 6-8 pieces.
  • It is important to use a clean sharp knife for each cut.
  • This will ensure that the scones rise properly.
  • Place the scones in the fridge to rest.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper, and take the scones out of the fridge.
  • Place the scones on the baking tray and brush the top with some milk.
  • If you prefer scones with soft sides, place the scones right next to each other with the sides touching.
  • If you like crusted sides, separate the scones with some space in between.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and let them cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve with some butter.