I served these scones as an accompaniment to another recipe from A Modern Cook's Year: More than 250 Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes to Get You Through the Seasons, which I will discuss below. It was a good decision because these are not very sweet, but add a nice contrast to the dish I prepared. I didn't have quite a full cup of spelt flour so I used a little bit of all-purpose in the same amount, and it worked just fine. You can actually substitute all-purpose flour entirely, but the texture will be a bit denser.
Whole-wheat spelt, date, and molasses scones
1 cup (125 g) pitted dates
5 fluid oz (150 ml) freshly brewed strong black or earl grey tea
1 cup (125 g) whole-wheat spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp flaky sea salt
2 tbsp (30 g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 tbsp molasses
1/3 cup (75 g) buttermilk or thin natural yogurt
For the glaze:
1 organic or free range egg
1 tbsp milk
a pinch of sea salt
a handful of rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 395 F (200 C.)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Soak the dates in the hot tea for 15 minutes, until the tea has cooled a little. Mix together the flour, baking powder, allspice, and sea salt with your fingertips, then add the butter until the mix looks like bread crumbs. You could also do this by pulsing it in a food processor.
Drain, then roughly chop the dates and add them to the mix, along with the molasses and buttermilk. Mix slowly and lightly until the mixture forms a soft but not too sticky dough. Shape into a rough round ball, place on a prepared baking sheet, and use a knife to score across the top, to mark out six portions, stopping before the knife reaches the baking sheet. It should look a bit like a loaf of soda bread.
Mix the egg and milk for the glaze with a pinch of salt and brush it over the top, then sprinkle with the oats, pressing them into the dough lightly to stick them down.
Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the baking sheet and reduce the heat to 360 F (180 C) and continue to bake for about 10 more minutes, until the top is a dark golden brown and when you turn the scone over and tap it, it sounds hollow. Serve warm from the oven and break up as required.
I served this scone loaf with Cauliflower rice with eggs and green chutney from the same cookbook. As skeptical as I have been about cauliflower pretending to be other things, this treatment of it was delicious and we will have it again!
A Modern Cook's Year: More than 250 Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes to Get You Through the Seasons
by Anna Jones is one of the books from ABRAMS that I've been
procrastinating on because it has so many recipes I want to make! As a
former vegetarian still married to one, I know the suffering of most
vegetarian options at restaurants and even the offerings in vegetarian
cookbooks - so many pastas, and so many portabella "steaks."
cookbook comes from a different philosophy. First of all it is very
seasonal, but it is also British in all the best ways. The recipes feel
like they come from a country garden with rotating seasonal produce but
also influenced by current eating trends and international cuisines.
Sometimes Anna Jones provides a recipe, but other times she provides a
formula. There are two pages of curry formulas that I can't wait to try, and the springtime dishes have me searching for ramps already. This is definitely going on my permanent shelf for endless inspiration.
This post is sponsored by ABRAMS Books, as part of the ABRAMS Dinner Party.