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!
Here are some more Jam and Curd recipes you might enjoy these scones with!
Jam & Curd Recipes
- Apricot Lavender Curd
- Blueberry Lavender Jam
- Banana Jam
- Wild Strawberry Gooseberry Jam
- Strawberry Rose Red Pepper Jam
- Cranberry Lavender Jam
- Blueberry Chia Jam
Irish Soda Scones
- 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.
If you prefer larger scones, you can cut them into 6 pieces instead!
If you have Irish butter, it’s even better. Kerrygold brand Irish butter is now available at most supermarkets.
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I didn't realize that the Irish had different scones.. but it makes sense. These are probably great with jam and butter.
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Just made some soda bread for thee first time. Love it! Now I can try it as scones!
Omg, that a fantastic Irish scones, i would love to start my day with it.
wow fantastic scones there 🙂 I wud love to grab some right away !!
Never tries Irish Soda Scones, have tried Irish bread and scones looks very scrumptious.
Interesting scones and came out super perffect
I have tried other types of scones but never soda scones. They look so amazing. Must try out the recipe.
I was thinking of making soda bread — will use ur recipe. Looks delicious.
What a beautiful crust these have. All I need is jam and some butter and I shall be a happy person 🙂
No butter scone. that sounds interesting. pinning it. will surely try them soon. Thank you so much for sharing at FR Event.
Have a nice weekend.
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!
Lovely crust on the scones. Yummy way to celebrate St. Patty day
I would love to grab that butter smeared piece of the scone! gorgeous looking scones..
good looking scones…
Love that you have made scones I just baked the Irish Soda bread! Love the end result in any form!!
I had couple of Irish soda bread for the ABC cooking but never came around making it..your scones look so amazing with that beautiful top!