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Irish Scones

This is an easy afternoon tea recipe for homemade Irish Scones that rise high every time. Best served freshly baked with butter, jam or honey, these flaky and buttery scones are sure to go quickly.

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Plate of Irish scones served with butter, mixed berry jam and a cup of tea.

With St. Patrick's Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share an Irish recipe for scones with you. Since I'm not Irish and wanted to share an authentic Irish recipe, I followed a recipe for traditional Irish scones from Gemma Stafford, a professional chef from Ireland.

A dish of Irish Scones served with tea, butter and mixed berry jam.

Her recipe yields scones that rise high, are buttery, soft and flaky. She uses only simple everyday ingredients to make her scones. You can find the original recipe for her scones here.

How to Make Traditional Irish Scones

These scones are easy to make and after you've made them once you'll be able to whip these up in no time.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Salted butter 
  • Milk 
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg (one)

Steps Overview:

The first step in making scones is to preheat your oven and line your baking sheet. Then combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the cold butter (if you can get your hands on Irish butter that's even better) and work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg, cream and milk together and add it to the flour and butter mixture. Mix lightly with your hands until the dough comes together and forms a ball.

Turn the ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. For flaky scones avoid over kneading the dough.

Next, cut the scones into rounds. You could use a biscuit or cookie cutter or even a small glass will work, but I prefer a cutter since you can press down on the scone to release it from the cutter.

To make scones that bake straight up, avoid twisting the cutter when cutting the scones, press down and then back up without turning the cutter around the scone. That being said, mine don't always come out looking perfect, but they always taste amazing!

Place the scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with a bit of milk or cream. And that's it, now all you have to do is put them in the oven!

Dish of scones served with butter and a homemade jam.

Homemade Quick Jam

If you want to make a little homemade jam to go with your scones, you can make a small batch by cooking up about 2 cups of berries (I used a mixture of frozen strawberries, blueberries and blackberries).

All you have to do is bring two cups of frozen berries, 1/4 cup of sugar and about one teaspoon of lemon juice to a simmer (I like to include a bit of lemon zest, it makes the jam taste extra delicious).

Let the mixture simmer, stirring often, until the fruit softens, I like to use a potato masher to mash the fruit a bit more. Continue to let the jam simmer until it coats the back of a spoon.

Take it off the heat, let it cool completely and serve. If not serving right away, store the jam in a jar in the refrigerator.

If you enjoy making small batches of jam, check out this recipe for Plum Jam. It's one of my favourites!

A dish of Irish scones served with butter and jam.

What to Serve with Irish Scones:

Serve these scones still warm from the oven for afternoon tea or for breakfast or brunch with some soft butter, jam or honey. And if you want to be extra decadent, some whipped cream. And don't forget the cup of tea!

How to Store:

If you have any leftover scones, you can store them in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then warm in the oven.

For more Irish inspired recipes, check out the recipes for this Irish Soda Bread with Dill and this decadent Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake.

Enjoy!

More Delicious Afternoon Tea Ideas

If you make this recipe let me know how it went for you in the comment section below. I'd love to know if you made any variations to the recipe and how it worked out. And if you take a picture, share it with me on Instagram by tagging #sweetandsavourypursuits, I love to see your photos!

A dish of Irish Scones served with tea, butter and mixed berry jam.

Irish Scones

This is an easy afternoon tea recipe for homemade Irish Scones that rise high every time. Best served freshly baked with butter, jam or honey, these scones are sure to go quickly.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert/ snack, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3-½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cold, salted
  • cup milk I used 2%
  • cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream to brush scone tops before baking

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix well and set aside.
  • Combine the milk and cream in a small bowl and whisk the egg into the cream mixture.
  • Add cold butter to the flour mixture and using your fingers work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the combined cream and milk into the flour and mix lightly until the dough forms a ball. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough just enough to get a smooth surface and pat the dough so it's about 1 inch high.
  • Using a round cutter, cut as many scones as you can. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more until you've used all of the dough.
  • Transfer the scones to lined baking sheet. Brush tops with milk or cream.
    Optional: Sprinkle a touch of granular sugar on tops
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until scones are puffed and golden.
  • Serve warm with butter, jam and freshly whipped cream if desired.

Notes

  1. Any remaining baked scones can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and then warm in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 375IUCalcium: 104mgIron: 1.9mg
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This post was originally published on March 3, 2019. It has been updated.

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Patrizia Malomo

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I really would love to try but I cannot find how thick the dough should be when you cut it. You only say to roll it but I imagine it is important to know how thick the cut should be since this will affect the rise. Thank you so much for your help. These are fantastic.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hello Patrizia,

Sorry about missing that detail. You will want to pat the dough down so it's about 1 inch thick. Thank you for writing to let me know this instruction was missing, I have added it to the recipe card as well .

Jess

Monday 4th of March 2019

The rise you got on these scones is perfection!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Thanks Jess! Yes, I guess 5 teaspoons of baking powder will do that!

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