Scones of any sort are a huge favorite of mine. And, really, why wouldn’t they be? Just compare this traditional Irish recipe for Fruit Scones with a typical southern American buttermilk biscuit. Uh huh. Very similar, isn’t it? It’s really just a buttermilk biscuit with a bit of sugar and an egg added in. And some dried fruit for good measure.
The older I get and the more I learn and research about traditional Irish foods, the more I can see those roots in the foods I grew up with. It really makes sense because all around south Georgia you’ll find Irish surnames. Dunn (O’Duinn), Toole (O’Toole), O’Hearn (Aherne), Burke (de Burgh), Campbell, Fanning, Fitzgerald, Grady (Ó Grádaigh), Kelly (Ó’Ceallaigh), Regan (O’Riagain)…and many more. They’re everywhere. And somewhere, way back there, the people who brought those surnames and place names to south Georgia more than likely brought their food traditions with them. I like to think that those stalwart settlers would have enjoyed one of these lightly sweetened scones with a nice cup of tea in the afternoon.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. The butter is easier to incorporate if it’s nice and cold and you cut it into small cubes. You can use a pastry cutter or just “rub” it in with the tips of your fingers and thumbs. Either way works. Most of the time I use my hands just so I won’t have to wash another kitchen utensil. I’m lazy like that.
After you’ve cut or rubbed in the butter, add the raisins. You can use light or dark raisins or any other dried fruit that you like. I particularly like diced, dried apricots and have had delicious scones made with dried cherries.
Beat the egg together with the buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the liquids. Stir together just until a dough forms. Do not overmix.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. At this point, it really will look like a shaggy mess. Just pat it into a 1” thick rectangle. I sometimes knead it once or twice, but no more! Kneading will make the dough tough.
Cut the dough into 12 squares. Or make a circle and cut it into triangles. Whatever you like. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet. Brush with a bit of milk or cream.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Serve with some good Irish butter like Kerrygold and a bit of jam on the side.
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup raisins (dark or golden)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Milk or cream for brushing tops of scones
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the raisins.
- Beat the egg together with the buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the liquids. Stir together just until a dough forms. Do not overmix.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 1” thick rectangle. Cut into 12 squares.
- Transfer the scones to the baking sheet. Brush with a bit of milk or cream. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
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More scone recipes that you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Strawberry White Chocolate Scones from Budget Bytes
- Ginger Scones from Simply Recipes
- Sweet Potato Scones with Maple Cream Glaze from Brown Eyed Baker
- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scones from Baking Bites
- Glazed Orange Scones from My Baking Addiction
- Cream Scones Drizzled with Chocolate from She Wears Many Hats
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