Irish Soda Scones

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Last Updated on March 10, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Irish Soda Scones

These are a cross between soda bread and scones – Made without eggs, it is vegetarian friendly. Just flour, leavening and buttermilk. A quick and easy bread for breakfast!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Are you ready to get your Irish on?

Sadly, here in America, St. Patrick’s Day is mostly about drinking obscene amounts of alcohol. I make it a point not to go out on St. Patrick’s Day unless absolutely necessary to avoid all the drunk people on the subways on the way home.

Did you know St. Patrick’s Day is a bigger holiday here in America than it is in Ireland. So who was St. Patrick exactly and why is he so special to the Irish.

St. Patrick – the Patron Saint of the Irish

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century and taken to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16.

He was able to escape, but returned to convert the Irish to Christianity, who were mostly all pagan still at that time.

He established many monasteries, churches and schools. He is revered very much in Ireland and is often celebrated with religious feasts.

It is Irish immigrants in the US however, whether for good or bad, that transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a secular holiday that involves a lot of drinking, eating Irish foods like Corned Beef & Cabbage and wearing green colored clothes and hats.


I’ve posted traditional Scottish scones here, but Irish scones are different. Irish Soda Scones are a more simplistic form of Irish Soda Bread in scone form. It differs from Scottish/British scones in that there is no fat or shortening (lard) used. These are characterized by having a very crusty exterior and soft doughy interior.

Irish Soda Scones are great for tea time, breakfast or brunch served with Lemon Curd and butter!

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Irish Soda Scones

Irish Soda Scones are a cross between soda bread and scones. Perfect for tea time, breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 202kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk + 1 tablespoon

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  • Add buttermilk, reserving 1 tablespoon and mix until just combined
  • Shape into a round about 7″ in diameter and cut into 8 triangles, leaving the circle intact.
  • Using a large spatula, transfer to prepared cookie sheet. Brush the top with the remaining buttermilk.
  • Sprinkle remaining sugar on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Rotate pan and bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden and crusty.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg
Did you try this recipe? Leave a comment below.Please follow me on Instagram @chefmireille or tag me #chefmireille with your pics! I’d love to share them!

If you prefer larger scones, you can cut them into 6 pieces instead!

Soda Scones

 If you have Irish butter, it’s even better. Kerrygold brand Irish butter is now available at most supermarkets.



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  1. I am a scone lover and your recipe for Irish Soda Scones will be great on St. Patrick's Day with my tea. It is so much fun touring the world with you on our Food of The World. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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