2 c flour (if you use self-raising omit the baking powder)

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

115 grams frozen butter, grated

1 egg, cold

1/2 c cream or milk, cold

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c chopped pitted dates

Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices. Add in grated butter and work in with your fingers until mixture resembles wet sand.

In a small bowl mix the egg, cream and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients along with the dates and mix with a fork or spatula until just combined. Don't overwork the dough.Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a square approx 20cm wide. Place onto your baking sheet and cut into 9 pieces. You can also shape your dough into a circle and cut into wedge shapes. Place tray into the fridge for 15 min while you heat up the oven to 190C.

Take scones out of the fridge and brush the tops with a little milk or cream and sprinkle with granulated sugar if you wish.

Bake for about 20 min until cooked through and golden on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Best served with butter and whipped cream!