A batch of date scones ready to go into the oven.

Preheat oven to 220c

Sift together 3 cups flour with 5  tsps of baking powder

Put into large bowl and add 2 dessert spoons of sugar (optional)

Grate in about 50 grams of cold butter. (this is easier than rubbing in butter)

Mix with enough milk to make a soft dough. Probably about a cup and a half. You want the dough to be soft but not too sticky. Careful not to over mix or they will be too tough.

Put onto a floured board, shape into a rectangle, cut into squares and put onto oven tray.

Cook in hot oven until cooked – about 10 or 12 minutes.

To make date scones – soak a cup of dried dates in boiling water for a few minutes. Roll out dough, place dates on half then fold over and pat down. Continue as above.

Cheese scones – omit sugar and butter but add a cup or more of grated cheese and a sprinkle of paprika to taste

Coffee Sponge


This is an extremely delicious Cake that I try not to make too often as it is easy to eat a lot.  The Chicory Essence is quite addictive. 

Heat oven to 200c

4 eggs

½ cup sugar

½ cup of cornflour

¼ cup of plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp Chicory Coffee Essence


Beat eggs and sugar until very thick and fluffy.

Add chicory essence near the end of the beating and combine well.

Sift dry ingredients and carefully fold into egg mixture.

Using a rubber spatula, pour mixture into sponge tins and bake for around 12 mins.

Tip out of tins onto a cake rack to cool. When cool put together with coffee cream and ice with coffee icing.