St Patrick's Day :: Irish Soda Bread Scones

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Since I love Irish Soda Bread, I generally just make two loaves so I can eat one as toast for breakfast or as a sandwich with left over corned beef and the second one is for everyone at dinner.  This year I wanted to do something different for breakfast and it seemed like Irish Soda Bread was perfectly suited to be turned into scones.  I realize if you are actually Irish the idea of turning a national food symbol into something entirely British is blasphemy.  But they really are delicious. 


Irish Soda Bread Scones
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups raisins
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together yogurt, butter, and egg.  Set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the rest of the ingredients until well mixed.  With mixer running, slowly add wet ingredients until mixture just barely holds together. 

Drop dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently 10-15 times to form a 12" disk about 2 inches thick.  With a floured knife, cut disk into eight triangles.  Place on a cookie sheet with about 3 inches around each triangle.  Whisk together egg yolk and cream and brush the tops of each triangle until completely covered.  Place cookie sheet into a preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oven, cool slightly on a rack and serve warm.


These are great for breakfast, with a cup of coffee or just plain - but also REALLY GOOD with Corned Beef Hash in the middle the 'morning after.'


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