Flour and Stone’s Buttermilk date scones recipe

Nadine Ingram, founder of Sydney institution Flour and Stone, shares a treasured family recipe.
Georgina Dolling for Farmer Cookbook

Flour and Stone bakery is a beloved Sydney institution, famous for creations such as the Lemon Dream Cake and panacotta-soaked lamingtons – but for founder Nadine Ingram, it’s a simple treat like this buttermilk date scones recipe that really brings back memories of childhood. “These scones remind me of Aunty Edna and the impact that baking can have on the ones you love,” she says.

Nadine graciously shared her Aunty Edna’s tried-and-true date scone recipe with Jody Vassallo, editor of the recipe book *Farmer: Recipes and Stories from the Land*, (available at Booktopia) and we can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon over a cup of tea and a good old-fashioned catchup.

Nadine Ingram of Flour and Stone
(Credit: Nadine Ingram via Instagram)




Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.


Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs, with no lumps remaining.


Add the sugar and chopped dates and toss them through roughly, using your hands.


Trickle half the buttermilk over the flour and, with a gentle touch, work it through using your fingertips. Pour the remaining buttermilk into the dough, incorporating it to mould the dough into a ball.


Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use the palms of your hands to flatten it to a 3cm thick round.


Sprinkle a little more flour on top, then cut the scones out using a round cutter or an upturned glass. Dip the cutter into the flour before cutting each scone – this will stop the scone from sticking and will encourage a better rise.


Space the scones out on the tray, leaving 4cm between each one. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.


Serve the scones warm with a slather of salted butter or copious amounts of jam and thick cream.

Take the butter out of the fridge to soften for 30 minutes before you begin so that you can rub it into the flour.

Date scones recipe from Nadine Ingram at Flour and Stone
(Credit: Georgina Dolling for Farmer Cookbook)
This delicious date scones recipe is an edited extract from the Farmer: Recipes and Stories from the Land cookbook, edited by Jody Vassallo. It contains more than 80 recipes from chefs including Maggie Beer and Jamie Oliver. Proceeds from all sales will go towards the Country Women’s Association in support of rural Australians in need.
Available at Booktopia.
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