Irish Soda Scones

I LOVE my Mom’s scone recipe! This time of year I love Irish Soda Bread. So why not make my Mom’s scones into Irish Soda scones? It’s the best of both world’s!

Normally my Mom’s scones have raisins, or dried cherries or cranberries in them. I’m going to make her favorite scone recipe and add the raisins, caraway seeds and orange zest to make the perfect Irish Soda Bread scone.

This recipe is super easy:

Mix all dry ingredients together.

I take a flat large hole grater, and lay it over the top of your bowl. Then I grate the very cold or frozen butter into the bowl of dry ingredients. Use your fingers or a pastry fork to blend in. Then add dried fruit, zest and caraway seeds.

Whisk sour cream, buttermilk and egg together and add to dry mixture.

On a lightly floured surface, pat into an 8 inch circle, about 3/4 inches thick. Cut into 8 equal triangles. 

Sprinkle with 1 tsp sugar.

Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.


Bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool 5 minutes & serve warm or room temperature.

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Irish Soda Scones

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2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp orange zest (optional)
8 Tbsp
(1 stick) unsalted butter, frozen
1 cup raisins
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 tsp anise extract


Preheat oven to 400° F.

In medium bowl, mix flour, 1/2 c. sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest (if using).

Grate butter in to flour mixture on large holes of a box grater. Use your fingers to work in the butter, then stir in the raisins.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, egg, buttermilk & extract until smooth. Using fork, stir sour cream mixture in to flour mixture until large clumps form. Use your hands to press dough against bowl.

Place on lightly floured surface & pat in to a 8″ circle, about 3/4″ thick. Sprinkle with 1 tsp sugar. Use sharp knife to cut into 8 wedges.

Place on parchment lines cookie sheet & bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool 5 minutes & serve warm or room temperature.

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