Real Irish Scones
Real Irish Scones
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Recipe Yield: Makes 8 to 10 (1 1/2-inch) 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

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat in the oven.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture just holds together. Working the mixture as little as possible, add 1/2 cup milk and mix until it forms into a soft, slightly sticky ball. Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

Place the dough on a very lightly floured work surface. Using a floured rolling pin, gently roll the dough to a 1-inch thick slab. Slice the dough into triangles with a floured knife or bench scraper, or dip a biscuit cutter in flour and cut out the individual scones.

Remove the baking tray from the oven and arrange the scones on it. Bake 8 minutes, turn the scones over, and bake another 4 to 6 minutes, or until just barely brown.

Serve with butter, preserves, and freshly whipped cream.

Scone Variations

  • Herb: Add a few tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, chives or sage to the dry mixture.
  • Cheese: Add 1/2 cup grated cheddar or Parmesan cheese to the dry mixture. Brush the tops with beaten egg or cream and sprinkle with more grated cheese.
  • Currant: Add 1/2 cup currants (or raisins) to the dry mixture.
  • Chocolate: Increase the sugar to 2 tablespoons, add 4 ounces chopped semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, and sprinkle each with a pinch raw sugar before baking.

Recipe Notes

  • To reheat leftover scones, warm them at 350°F for 2 to 3 minutes or until warmed through.
  • To freeze leftover scones, wrap the completely cooled scones in plastic wrap, then place them in a zip-top bag or freezer-safe storage container. To reheat, thaw at room temperature in the plastic wrap, then unwrap and reheat as above at 350°F.
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