Halloween/Harvest Tea: Maple-Nut Scones

3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped nuts
2 tablespoons cold butter

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup cold butter
½ cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 egg
About 2 tablespoons milk
Additional milk

Heat oven to 400ยบ. In small bowl, mix the topping, 3 tablespoons flour, the sugar and 2 tablespoons nuts. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter using pastry blender or fork, until crumbly; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix 2 cups flour, the brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in ½ cup butter, using pastry blender until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in ½ cup nuts. Stir in maple syrup, egg and just enough of the 2 tablespoons milk so dough leaves side of bowl and starts to form a ball.

Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead lightly about 10 times. Pat or roll into flat 8” square. Cut with 2 ½” biscuit cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Reroll scraps. Brush with additional milk. Sprinkle with topping.

Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Immediately remove from the cookie sheet. Makes about 8 scones.