These brown soda scones are wonderfully light and their nuttiness is enhanced by the walnuts and the scattering of flaxseeds on top. These are best eaten warm from the oven or at least on the day that they are baked.
Makes About 9
– rapeseed oil, for greasing the baking sheet
– 225g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
– 1 tsp bread soda
– 1 tsp salt
– 225g (8oz) coarse wholemeal flour
– 50g (2oz) shelled walnuts, finely chopped
– 375ml (13fl oz) buttermilk
– 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp water
– 2 tbsp flaxseeds
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas mark 6). Oil a large baking sheet and dust with flour.
2. Sift the plain flour, bread soda and salt into a large bowl.
3. Add the coarse wholemeal flour and walnuts, mixing well to combine. Make a well in the centre, pour in 275ml (9 ½ fl oz) of the buttermilk and mix well with a wooden spoon, adding the remaining buttermilk as needed to make a soft, moist dough. Be careful not to over mix or the finished scones may be a little tough.
4. Dust a clean work surface with flour, then turn out the dough and dust the top with a little extra flour too. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s 2.5cm (1in) thick, then cut or stamp out individual scones with a 6cm x 5cm (2 ½ in x 2in) rectangular cutter. Place on the oiled and floured baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash, then scatter over the flaxseeds.
5. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until well-risen and golden brown. Serve warm or at least on the day that they have been made.
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