Irish Soda Bread Scones

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  1. Preheat oven to 400° F and position rack in upper-middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or lightly grease).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  3. Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or a fork or your hands until the flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add the buttermilk, egg and caraway seeds and stir with a fork just until the dough begins to come together.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough is cohesive. It should be bumpy - overworking it will cause the resulting scones to be tough instead of tender and flaky.
  6. Divide the dough evenly into 8 pieces and pat each into a round shape.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross shape into the top of each scone.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The scones should be golden brown and a thin knife or skewer should come out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with the melted butter. Allow to cool to room temperature.