Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and grated orange peel. Cut in butter, with a fork or a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in raisins/dates and 1/4 cup of pecans. In a separate bowl, mix together milk (evaporated or buttermilk). Mix egg-milk mixture with other ingredients and stir just until moistened, reserving only the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup pecans that have been ground and set aside. On a floured board, knead dough gently 5 or 6 times. Press into an 8 inch circle on a non-greased cookie sheet. Cut into 8 wedges. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup nut and sugar mixture that was set aside. Bake for 15-20 minutes and serve warm with jelly or honey and a cup of coffee.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana