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Traditional Irish Scones

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Learn how to make delicious Traditional Irish Scones, from a professional Irish chef!
Traditional Irish Scones- These soft and crumbly scone recipe will be the best you ever find! I promise you, I have been using it for years.

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Scones were an essential part of my life growing up in Ireland. Anytime you’d drop by a friend or family member’s house, you’d have a hot cup of tea and freshly baked scones ready for you. When I started baking, this was one of my first recipes and it’s essential one for any Bold Baker. I’ll show you all of my best tips and tricks to making perfect buttery scones every time. And don’t forget the jam and cream to make them extra Big & Bold!

Plus, don’t miss my mum’s Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe, which is a lovely quick bread that you can make in no time!

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Traditional Irish Scones

4.43 from 192 votes
Learn how to make delicious Traditional Irish Scones, from a professional Irish chef!
Author: Avoca Hand Weavers Cook Book
Servings: 12
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Learn how to make delicious Traditional Irish Scones, from a professional Irish chef!
Author: Avoca Hand Weavers Cook Book
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (16oz/497g) all purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoon baking powder, leveled
  • 1 generous pinch Of salt
  • ¼ cup (2 oz/60g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½ oz/71g) salted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) double cream
  • 3/4 cup (6floz/170ml) whole milk
  • milk to glaze

Instructions

  • In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together
  • Rub in the cold butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • If adding dried fruit eg. Raisins, berries, citrus rind, chocolate chips add them now before you add liquid
  • Mix your egg with the milk and cream and pour into your flour mix (if you don’t have cream you can use only milk)
  • With an open hand mix loosely your scone mix until your dough forms. The bowl should be clean from the dough
  • Turn your dough onto a floured work surface
  • Knead lightly to give your dough a smooth surface
  • Pat your dough down with your hand until around 1 inches thick
  • With a scone cutter cut out your lovely little scones. You will have around 12
  • Put on a baking tray, glaze the tops of your scones with some milk to give them a golden top when baked
  • Bake at 350oF (18OoC) for 35 minutes.
  • Enjoy with Irish butter, jam and freshly whipped cream. Scones are best eaten the day they are baked but the next day you can pop them back in the oven to freshen them up again.

 

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Jennifer
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Jennifer
10 days ago

Hi Gemma,
Craving these scones, which I’ve made before and loved. Only issue is, I do not have an heavy cream. I do however have milk,greek yogurt,coconut flour&coconut oil,cream cheese.
Any ideas on what I can use?
Thank you!🤗

Kristen
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Kristen
22 days ago

I’ve never left a comment but as I was looking up this recipe yet again, I thought I should. This recipe is a family favorite! I found it 5 years ago when I was looking for a new tradition to start on St Patrick’s day. It has become the center of our “ traditional Irish breakfast” as well as the most requested breakfast item in our household. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes with us!!

Pam
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Pam
23 days ago

I just made these scones for the first time and I was not disappointed.
They are absolutely wonderful and so simple to make. My dad would have loved them❤️

Bass fiddler
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Bass fiddler
2 months ago

This made my sunday a bit more yummy ! Photos on ig : bass_fiddler_jeremy

Lucylocket1
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Lucylocket1
11 days ago

Omg! These are the best scones I’ve ever made…… don’t tell my mum😀 made them plain as my OH only likes plain scones so will be having them with plenty of jam and clotted cream later…… next time i’ll Be adding currants💗😀 the timings are too long for my oven so I’m glad I was checking every 5 minutes or so….. took 26 minutes for mine…… thanks for a big bold recipe Gemma💗💗💗

Concepta Bithell
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Concepta Bithell
22 days ago

Can I use buttermilk in place of milk and double cream? What is double cream?

Lia
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Lia
1 month ago

35 minutes was a bit too long for my oven. Next time I will check them at 25 minutes. I may also double the thickness to 2 inches thick instead of 1 inch thick. I added 1/2 cup dried currents and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and they tasted pretty good that way, just a bit dryer than normal due to leaving them in the oven for a full 35 minutes.

Amy
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Amy
1 month ago

For the double cream, can I use the cream left from making my clotted cream?

Deborah
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Deborah
1 month ago

HELP!Made them using the exact recipe. I spooned and leveled off the flour. I was careful to not overwork the dough. I noticed immediately that there wasn’t enough liquid. Added a bit more liquid but obviously not enough. End result; the scones were crumbly and dry. Didn’t hold together at all. Too much flour taste. This batch is feeding the backyard chickens. Obviously I did something wrong. Any advice? I’d really like to be a good scone maker.

Ayesha
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Ayesha
5 months ago

Hi Gemma can I used whipped cream instead of double cream?

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