Irish Soda Bread Scones

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Irish Soda Scones

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cake flour

¼ cup granulated sugar

1½ teaspoons baking soda

1½ teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1¼ cups buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup raisins

1 Tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)

2 Tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing)


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and position rack in upper-middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or lightly grease).


2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or a fork or your hands until the flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


3. Add the buttermilk, egg, raisins and caraway seeds and stir with a fork just until the dough begins to come together. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough is cohesive. It should be bumpy - overworking it will cause the resulting scones to be tough instead of tender and flaky.


4. Divide the dough evenly into 8 pieces and pat each into a round shape. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross shape into the top of each scone. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F. The scones should be golden brown and a thin knife or skewer should come out clean. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with the melted butter. Allow to cool to room temperature.


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(Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen)


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