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Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.
Aroma Cafe's date scone
4 cups standard flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
300g melted butter
3 cups milk
400g soft pitted dates
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl.
Add milk and butter, quickly mixing with a table knife into a soft dough
Roll out to form an even block and spread dates across half the dough.
Fold the other half on top and cut into squares.
Bake at 220degC for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe provided by Aroma Cafe.
Recipe requested by Merrilyn Harpur, Timaru.
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