Combine flour, sugar, salt, allspice and orange zest. (You could use lemon zest instead.)
Rub the butter through the mixture. It doesn’t have to be too fine.
Add chopped dates. Mix through.
Add wet ingredients (yoghurt and milk).
Turn out onto a lightly floured bench.
With soft hands, barely combine together. Form an oblong shaped piece but do not overwork.
Put onto baking tray lined with baking paper. Cut knife through into six equal square pieces.
Bake in middle of preheated oven at 180 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.
Serve with butter, jam and cream. Makes 6 large or 8 average-sized scones.