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Bake Ronnie’s Yakka Date Scones from Down The Track by Stella Quinn!


Bake Ronnie’s Yakka Date Scones from Down The Track by Stella Quinn!

Are you ready to indulge in some literary-inspired baking? Look no further than Stella Quinn’s latest novel, Down The Track! This page-turning read not only captivates with its gripping story, but it also includes a mouth-watering date scone recipe that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

So grab a copy of Down The Track and get ready to whip up some delicious treats!

Author’s note: Ronnie wouldn’t share his plain scone recipe. In fact, when Jo asked him, his exact words were: ‘When hell freezes over, girlie.’ But the date ones are pretty awesome, too.


  • 4 cups self-raising flour
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 ¼ cup cream
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • A large handful of fresh dates (or rehydrated dry dates), chopped
  • 60g of butter, optional


  1. Sift flour and salt together into a bowl.
  2. Rub butter into dry ingredients.
  3. Add chopped dates.
  4. Add cream and milk all in one go.
  5. Stir with knife.
  6. Form dough into ball.
  7. Pat dough out gently until an inch thick.
  8. Cut scone with one firm downwards push of a tin (Ronnie uses a small corn kernel tin).
  9. Place on baking tray that’s been dusted with flour.
  10. Brush tops with milk.
  11. Bake at 220°C for 12 to 14 minutes.

Don’t miss Stella Quinn’s new book Down The Track!

Digging up the past isn’t easy ... Sweet, funny and feel-good, the unmissable rural romance from the bestselling author of A Home Among the Snow Gums and The Vet From Snowy River.

Dr Joanne Tan is an expert in a lot of things. Love isn’t one of them.

Being thirty-something, broke, divorced and in a cold war with her ten-year-old son is a lot, but Jo’s handling it. Just. At least she is until her job at the Natural History Museum is put in jeopardy. An invitation to dig up dinosaur bones on a remote Queensland sheep station arrives at just the right time.

It’s not her first trip to Yindi Creek, but it’s not as though anyone will remember her from fifteen years ago … And by anyone, of course, she means the pilot she had that fling with. The fling that taught her she’s far safer sticking to science …

Gavin ‘Hux’ Huxtable, helicopter pilot and reluctant sheep-shearer, has turned his broken heart into a secret (and successful) writing career. But running into Jo again, all these years down the track, stirs up a lot more than outback country dust.

A missing person, a fossilised legbone and a nosy country cop force Jo and Hux together and the sparks that start flying don’t go unnoticed by the locals …

Digging up the past isn’t easy. Digging up the truth can be even harder.


‘Quinn’s warm tone, gentle humour and all-pervasive kindness shines throughout A Home Among the Snow Gums; it’s a lively gallop with endearing characters and a satisfying ending that leaves a spring in your step.’ – Better Reading

A Town Like Clarence captivated me completely with its easy charm, true-blue Aussie setting and delightful cast … a book that filled my heart with immense happiness.’ – Mrs B’s Book Reviews

Get the book here

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