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Traditional Irish Scones

This recipe for traditional Irish scones was passed down from my mother. Served for breakfast or afternoon tea and accompanied with jam and clotted cream or simply with butter, these authentic scones are simple to make but absolutely delicious!

Light and fluffy sweet Traditional Irish Scones made with buttermilk.An Authentic Irish Recipe

Growing up in Ireland, scones were a staple. Stuck at the train station and feeling peckish? Grab a scone and some jam. Popping over to a friends’s for a quick cup of tea and chat? She’ll have some fresh buttery scones to serve, no doubt.

Not only are scones a traditional Irish recipe but they are also one of the first recipes that Irish kids learn to bake. And such is the case for me.

This recipe is the same one my mother uses and it produces lovely buttery (but not too crumbly) scones.

My personal preference is to eat them warm with some butter and raspberry jam but if I’m feeling fancy (or a bit naughty) I’ll switch out the butter for whipped cream – or fancier yet, clotted cream.

Traditional Irish Scones cut out and ready to bake

You don’t need a fancy cutter or anything. My mom uses a glass dusted in flour to cut hers out and so do I!

Basket full of traditional Irish scones

The great thing about Irish quick breads like these scones as well as Irish Soda Bread, is that you just make it and bake it. There’s no yeast or rising to worry about.

The baking powder is the only ingredient used to make them rise, so once they the ingredients get wet and get the heat from the oven, they will start to rise. You don’t need to worry about working with really cold ingredients either. Both room temperature and cold butter work equally well.

Scone cut open to reveal light and fluffy texture

Finally, feel free to adapt these scones to your taste. In Ireland, we regularly substitute the white flour for whole wheat for a healthier option. You can also omit the sugar and for a savory option – add in about a quarter cup of sharp cheddar or even a variety of mixed herbs!

If you’ve never tried Irish scones you should give these a shot!  If you’ve never had them before, they are similar to American biscuits but sweeter (generally) and not as flaky.

Oh, and traditionally they should be round and not triangular like American scones.

Irish scones filled with jam and cream

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Irish scones on a plate filled with jam and cream

Traditional Irish Scone Recipe

Jenna Shaughnessy
This recipe for traditional Irish scones was passed down from my mother. Served for breakfast or afternoon tea and accompanied with jam and clotted cream or simply with butter, these authentic scones are simple to make but absolutely delicious!
4.71 from 31 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12 scones
Calories 131 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour sifted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 oz salted butter cold – I prefer to use Kerrygold Irish Butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk cold
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • generous pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.  Sieve flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.
  • With your hands, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles course breadcrumbs.
  • In another bowl, mix the egg into the buttermilk.
  • Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Slowly add the buttermilk and egg until you have a soft dough. It should just come together and you should be able to handle it without it being really sticky.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead a couple of times just to remove any cracks. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  • Roll out to around 1 inch thick and cut with a cutter or glass dipped in flour.
  • Place on a floured/buttered baking sheet (or use parchment paper). You should get about 12 scones.
  • Brush each scone with milk to help brown the tops when baked.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until the scones are golden.
  • Best served immediately but can be warmed the following day or eaten cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 135mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 58IUCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
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