Irish Soda Bread Scones

Source: EatingWell.com

Ingredients 

Scones

  • 2 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ⅔ cup dried currants
  • ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg

Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Directions

  1. To prepare scones: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or your fingers), work butter into the flour mixture until it resembles small pebbles. Add currants and toss to coat.
  3. Whisk buttermilk, maple syrup and egg in a medium bowl until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined; do not overmix.
  4. Transfer the dough to a clean surface and, using floured hands, press into a 6-inch circle. Cut into 10 wedges. Place the wedges in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake the scones until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar and orange juice in a small bowl. Spoon the glaze onto the cooled scones and serve immediately.

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