Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blarney Scones

Home made Irish Scones for an early breakfast or afternoon tea.
Scones rely on cold butter for a delicate flaky texture.

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cold
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
6 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. milk or cream
1 egg, beaten with a little milk 

  • Heat the oven to 400F.
  • Grease and flour a baking sheet.
  • Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl then add the butter, baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar if using and stir.
  • Make a well in the center and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough.
  • Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 3/4" thick.
  • Cut 6 - 8 rounds (or as many as your dough will make) with 3" cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.
  • Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
  • Cool on a wire rack before eating.
Serve with butter, or lashings of jam and cream.

Add 1/4 cup currants or raisans or chopped dates to the dry ingredients in the basic recipe.
 There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle
Twas St. Patrick himself, sure, that sets it;
And the sun of his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it,
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mireland,
And they call it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland

~British and Irish Food 




  1. Got a good chuckle from your "Blarney Scones" title-enjoy:@)

  2. Great name.. And lovely recipe.

    And that song under the picture is something my mother sings.. Thank you for the trip down memory road

  3. Love the Blarney Scones :) They look delicious!
    Happy St Patrick's Day!

  4. Those are the best looking scones...can't wait to try them!

  5. Mmm, I love scones...thanks for the recipe~ Happy SPD!

  6. What a clever name for scones on St. Patrick's day!

  7. They look so good! Sometimes scones are as dry as dust, but this looks moist!
    Thanks for linking up to the blog crawl!

  8. Your scones look great with their golden tops! Perfect for St. Patty's Day!

  9. What a wonderful scone recipe! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you'll stop back soon :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  10. This is definitely a great dish to make for a crowd! Looks so yummy!

  11. These look like wonderfully moist & delicious looking scones!

  12. LOVE your blog as I have already told you this before. I just gave this tasty post a pin on Pinterest and yep I"m still following you there! Thank you for linking up to my Saturday Pinterest Party!!! U rock! Susie

  13. FYI I LOVE the name of this recipe! So fun!

  14. Lovely! I used to make scones for a bed & breakfast job I had in the 90's. they are the easiest breakfast treat ever and look so sumptuous to serve. I saw last Tuesday, a jar of Lime marmalade that might go well with these rather than the red jam; keeping everything Irish. I suppose you could be Protestant Irish and use regular orange marmalade, but then why make it political, ha ha.


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