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Real Irish Scones

Real Irish Scones


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk, cream, or a combination – cream makes
  • the scones heavier in mouth weight



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
  2. Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven while it is pre-heating.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. 
  4. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture just holds together. 
  5. Working the mixture as little as possible, add 1/2 cup milk and mix until it forms into a soft, slightly sticky ball. 
  6. Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency.
  7. Place the dough on a very lightly floured work surface.
  8. Using a floured rolling pin, gently roll the dough to a 1-inch thick slab.
  9. Slice the dough into triangles with a floured knife or dip a biscuit cutter in flour and cut out the individual scones.
  10. Carefully remove the warm baking tray from the oven and arrange the scones on it. 
  11. Bake 8 minutes, turn the scones over, and bake another 4 to 6 minutes, or until just barely brown.
  12. Serve with butter, preserves, and freshly whipped cream.


Note: Raisins, currents, dried fruit, dried herbs or chocolate chips can be added just before rolling out, carefully mixing in for a variation of the traditional recipe. Chocolate chips may also be used with a bit of extra sugar - a few Tbsp to make the scones a bit sweeter, if desired.