Feta and Chive Scones
3 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tablespoons sugar
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
3⁄4 cup (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons cold water 3⁄4 cup sour cream, cold 1⁄3 cup chopped chives
1 cup big crumbles of feta cheese
1 egg beaten for egg wash
coarse sea salt, cracked black pepper, and smoky paprika for topping
Preheat the oven to 400F. Set aside 2 large baking sheets.
In a large bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Cut the butter into cubes and, using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, mix the butter into the dry ingredients. Do this until the dough resembles coarse meal and the largest pieces are about pea-sized. Don't over work the dough, the chunks of butter is what makes these scones flaky and soft.
In a medium bowl whisk the egg, water and sour cream. Add the wet ingredients to your dough. Add the feta cheese and chopped chives to the dough. Knead the dough briefly, just until it all comes together.
Dump the dough on a clean counter and pat it down into a square about 1 inch thick. Slice it in 2-inch squares and place them on the baking sheets. Brush each scone with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and smoked paprika.
Bake about 15 minutes, until cooked through. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.