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'Tis the Season for Date Almond Scones with Kahlua Cream

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Whether it be for a breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea; a quick snack to add more energy to your day or simply an indulgence because, dammit, you deserve it, these scones by Chef Larry Edwards are sure to bring a holiday smile to your lips!

Ingredients needed to make Date Almond Scones with Kahlua Cream (makes 8 scones):

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates (please remove the pits or make a dental appointment)
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and using a pastry blender (or your fingertips) cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and cream. Stir this mixture into the flour to form a dough. Stir in the dates and almonds.
  4. Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead until it all comes together, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pat the dough into a 7-inch disk and then cut it into 8 wedges.
  6. Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven.
  7. Bake 20 minutes and then remove from the oven and cool the scones on a rack (they must be completely cooled to apply the Kahlua Cream).

Ingredients needed to make the Kahlua Cream:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua

Steps:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Dip the cooled scones into the Kahlua Cream and place back on the rack until the Kahlua Cream had set (hardened).

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards, "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals," is now in its third printing and available worldwide, including the official website for Downton Abbey!

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