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Irish Scones Recipe

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Home made Irish scones for afternoon tea, sweet or savory are made quickly and easily as in this Irish scones recipe and delicious hot or cold.

If you want to ensure your scones are light, fluffy and well risen have a look at these simple tips.

How to Make Perfect, Light Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 scones


  • 1/2 stick/55g butter
  • 2 cups /225g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 oz/30g fine/caster sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 pint / 150 ml milk
  • 1 egg beaten with a little milk


Basic Recipe

Makes 12 scones
  • Heat the oven to 400F/205C/Gas 8
  • 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 2cm / 3/4" thick.
  • Cut 6 - 8 rounds (or as many as your dough will make) with a 7.5cm/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.

Fruit Scones

Add 1/4 cup/ 50g currants or sultanas or chopped dates to the dry ingredients in the basic recipes.

Cheese Scones

Add 1/2 cup /50g grated cheese and 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder to the mixture after rubbing in the fat and flour and continue with the basic recipe. Sprinkle the scones with 1/2 cup/50g more grated cheese before baking the scones in the oven.
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 5 out of 5
Lovely Scones, Member RonBlenk

Thank you for this. I have tried the recipe twice now and both times the scones were lovely and light. I added just a wee bit more salt the second time but I think that is my personal taste. Thanks. Love it.

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