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Dried Apricots and Walnut Scones

Scones in many different ways, what could be better?
Cuisine: baking
Keyword: baking, dried apricots, scones, tea time, walnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk more or less
  • 1 beaten egg + 1 tablespoon buttermilk for glazing

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Sieve and mix the dry ingredients together; the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • Rub the butter into the flour mixture or use a food processor until the mixture represents a semi-wet sandy mixture.
  • Mix in the dried apricots and chopped nuts.
  • Carefully pour in the buttermilk a little at a time working your dough to become a ball stuck together. You might need more or less liquid, just make sure the mixture is not wet and too sticky.
  • On a floured surface, shape the dough into a inch thick square.
  • Cut it into 16 smaller squares or you can go with 9 large squares. I seem to like cutting my scone now because you don't end up with that odd bits and pieces.
  • Place the scones on a lined tray, glaze the top with the egg-buttermilk mix.
  • Bake for about 20-30 mins till the inside comes out clean when tested with a skewer but still slightly soft at the centre.
  • Eat while it's still warm.