Tuesday, March 14, 2023

St. Patrick's Day Delight: Traditional Irish Scones

Start your St. Patrick's Day off right with these fluffy, soft, richly flavored Traditional Irish Scones.  They are perfect with a cup of tea or for breakfast with some jam and cream!

Traditional Irish Scones 

It's all things Irish as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day later this week.  Today we are talking about a staple all over Ireland, England, and Scotland.  Scones.  Tender buttery pastries that are slightly sweet are part of the quick bread family and very similar to southern biscuits with the addition of sugar.  They are really easy to make and taste wonderful with some hot tea, or have them for breakfast with some jam, butter, or clotted or whipped cream.

All you need is 1 bowl and a few pantry ingredients to make these Traditional Irish Scones.  Why not make some this week to celebrate with.  You will love this recipe.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda - this is a must when using buttermilk
  • butter - use Irish butter for an authentic taste
  • buttermilk
  • egg

Substitutions and Variations

  • The addition of raisins is very popular in Ireland.
  • Use regular milk instead of buttermilk.  The baking soda may be omitted if using regular milk.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Irish scones are usually round in shape.  Try using a 2"- 2 1/2" biscuit cutter, or just use a drinking glass to cut them.  Growing up my mom and I always used a juice glass to cut our biscuits out.  Make sure to dip whatever cutter you use in flour first.
  • Typically served with strawberry or raspberry jam, butter, clotted cream, or whipped cream.
  • Sift your flour in to your mixing bowl by running it through a fine mesh strainer.  This is important as it incorporates more air in to the flour and create a less dense scone.
  • I almost always grate my butter in to the flour mixture rather than dice it.  It's much easier to work it in to the flour this way.
  • It's easy to cut in the butter just using your fingers or use two forks or a pasty cutter.
  • You don't want to handle the dough too much.  Don't knead it, just pat out the dough in to a 1" thick circle with your hands.

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Traditional Irish Scones 

yield:  12 scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (1/2 cup) stick of butter, cold (Kerrygold recommended)
½ cup buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with non-stick cooking spray.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
Using a box grater, grate the butter in to the bowl, and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry ingredients, lifting it into the air as you go, until it resembles small peas sized bits.

Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the buttermilk and beaten egg. Gently stir the liquid into the dry ingredients until it forms a soft dough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat it into a 1-inch thick circle. Using a biscuit cutter or drinking glass cut scones and transferred to the baking sheet.  Any dough scraps should be re-formed in to a 1" circle and cut again.  Continue until you have used all the dough.  Brush the tops with additional buttermilk.  Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until the top of the scones are a beautiful golden brown. Let cool on a metal rack for 10 minutes and then serve.

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