Date Scone Loaf Recipe

I was flicking around the internet not long ago when I came across this recipe by that blonde dude from Australia, Bill Granger. I must admit he doesn’t do it for me at all … he is just way too in touch with his feminine side … and I can’t understand why Woolworths would pay HIM to tell us how and what to cook and where to buy our fresh produce when we have so many brilliant local chefs who are equally interested and qualified to do the same. Oh well, it takes all sorts.


What I do enjoy about Bill is how effortless he makes baking look. In this video clip he was perched all manly (? well he tried!) like on a log, out in the countryside next to a fire and he wacked together these scones in like a nanosecond. I could smell those little darlings dripping with butter through my screen.


I made them for breakfast the other day knowing full well that scones are to be eaten immediately and won’t last longer than a day before turning into lead weights – so the balance of scones left over after breakfst was don, I buttered up and sent to Max and the guys on our work site at King George V Hospital.


In this  clip Bill made Blueberry Scones – my version is made with dates because I didn’t have any blueberries in my fridge and I didn’t line the baking tin with baking paper I just sprayed it with Spray and Cook.


The Rugby World Cup Tournament 2011 (click on this link to check out the fixtures) commences on Friday – so breakfasts are going to be high up the kitchen menu …. South Africa’s first game in this prestigious tournament is on Sunday this week , kick-off is at 10.30am so you can either get together a little earlier for a good Bok Supporter Breako’s or you can watch the game and have a Bok Supporter Braai afterward. Either way – it’s time to bring out those South African Flags, don your Springbok jerseys and dust off those Makarapas. It’s breakfast, biltong and braai time. Our team has eight tough weeks of bone crunching scrums and tackles to endure before (I hope) they lift that Web Ellis Trophy for a World Record Third time!!!!!!!!


Bill Grangers Breakfast Date Scone Loaf




250 g (/2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour

1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

A pinch of salt

100 g cold unsalted butter, cubed

2 eggs, lightly beaten

125 ml (/1/2 cup) cream

85 g (/1/2 cup) blueberries or dates, frozen or fresh, tossed in a little flour

1 egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon milk, for glazing



1 Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/ and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2 Pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it is roughly combined (there will still be lumps of butter). Tip into a bowl



3 and mix in the eggs and cream with a knife. Gently mix in the blueberries with your hands

(tossing them in a bit of flour first prevents them all sinking to the bottom of the dough).



Use a sharp knife to remove the pips from the dates.  Once removed, cut

them up into bite size chunks and add to the mixture.


4 Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and press into a 15 cm (6 inch) square.

Cut into quarters and then cut each quarter in half. Place on the baking

 tray and brush with the egg  and milk glaze.



Bake for 15– 20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm, with butter if you like.






These would be awesome served at a Springbok Rugby Supporter breakfast …

the World Cup starts this Friday 9th September …. Here are the details.




Rugby World Cup 2011


Friday 9 September 09.00 – 10.15am Opening Ceremony at Eden Park in Auckland

being shown on the following tv channels – SS1 SS-HD SS4 SABC2


Friday 9 September 10.15 – 12.45 New Zealand vs Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland

being shown on following tv channels SS1 SS-HD SS4 SABC2


Go Bokke!!!!!







Chapter 2 of my virtual cook book ‘Sapori’ is dedicated to breakfast.

click on this link to be taken to 10 lip smacking breakffast ideas that will turn

your mornings into nothing but GLORIOUS!



Wednesday I am posting Max’s ideal Rugby Breakfast recipe ideas!!

Buon Appetito




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