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Oat and Dried Apricot Scones

1 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
Heaping 1/2 cup diced dried apricots (1/4-inch pieces)
1 large whole egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling (optional)


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining. Fold in the apricots. Whisk together the whole egg and buttermilk. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; using a rubber spatula, fold in, working in all directions and incorporating crumbs at the bottom of the bowl, until the dough just comes together. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With lightly floured hands, gently press and pat dough into a rectangle, about 1 1/4 inches thick. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut into eight triangles. Place triangles about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap and freeze until the dough is very firm, at least 1 hour or overnight. (At this point, you can freeze the unbaked scones in a resealable plastic bag until ready to bake, up to 3 weeks.) Preheat the oven to 375F. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolk with the cream; brush over the tops of the scones, and sprinkle generously with the sanding sugar, if using. Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the tops are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. They are best eaten the day they are baked.

Source: www.epicurious.com