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Irish Soda Scones

Irish Soda Scones

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  • 3 1/3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tbsp Sugar (omit if serving with savory fare)
  • 1 3/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Dried currants, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda and sugar together. Slowly add the buttermilk a little at a time and stir until you get a thick dough. It shouldn’t be too sticky or wet, so you may not need to add all the buttermilk. Gently fold in the currants if using.
  4. Place dough on a generously floured work surface and quickly knead to just bring it to a workable texture. Pat it into a 1-inch thick disc and cut 8 round scones, reshaping dough as needed.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 400 F. Place scones on the prepared baking sheet, spaced so they don’t touch, and bake until well risen and golden, about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with plenty of butter.


Recipe adapted from Darina Allen