Irish Soda Bread Scones are buttery, tender and slightly sweet from the addition of orange zest, which is delightful! They’re quick, easy and perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea and everything in between!
It’s March and I’m positively delighted. Not only was it almost 60 degrees today but the stores we’re beaming with green, shamrocks and all things Irish.
My entire family is getting over the flu. I am so over this winter so any signs of Spring are raising my spirits right now.
I’ve already had my “once a year” shamrock shake and it was amazing! The very next day, I made these Irish Soda Bread Scones. What can I say, it’s all St. Patrick’s Day around here for the next few weeks.
I was on a mission this year to redo most of my St. Patrick’s day recipes as I made them the first year I was blogging. I would like to think that I’m a better photographer now (equipped with a new camera + lens 📸-YEAH!) An update on many recipes on the blog is a must.
I started the base for my Irish Car Bomb brownies but that’s as far as I got before I couldn’t stomach food for several days. Now my husband and I are on a cleanse that includes no caffeine, sugar, dairy or anything that tastes good. Is it Thursday yet?!
In all honesty, it’s been fine. It’s all fruits, veggies and healthy protein which is a great restart for us but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to a GIANT cup of coffee, which would be perfect with these Irish Soda Bread Scones.
Yes, I made them while on the cleanse and yes, I made myself the smallest one ever. 1. I LOVE Irish soda bread 2. I have to test the recipe to make sure it works and 3. No self-control
I used a hodge podge of recipes I found online to create these Irish Soda Bread scones and the result is better than I imagined. They’re soft, buttery and filled with delicious currants, orange zest and carraway seeds.
Throw out any notion you have of dry scones because those don’t live here. Even my picky son absolutely loved them and asked for a 2nd.
I quickly whipped up some honey butter to spread on the scones and it sent them over the top.
These Irish Soda Bread Scones are quick, simple and amazingly delicious.
Irish Soda Bread Scones
Yield 10 servings
Irish Soda Bread Scones are buttery, tender and slightly sweet from the addition of orange zest, which is delightful! They're quick, easy and perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea and everything in between!
- 2 cups + 1 teaspoon, divided all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold and diced
- 1/2 cup currants
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 1 cup buttermilk, cold
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- In a large bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work butter into flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- In a small bowl, mix together currants and 1 teaspoons flour.
- Place currants, carraway seeds, buttermilk and orange zest into flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Careful not to overmix.
- Using a large scoop or a 1/3 measure cup, scoop mounds of dough onto prepared pan, spacing 3 inches apart.
- In another small bowl, mix together egg and milk to create an egg wash. Brush egg wash all over the tops of the scones.
- Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Allow to cool completely on sheet pan.
Serving Size 10 servings
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Sodium 138 mg
Total Carbohydrates 31 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 11 g
Protein 4 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
If you make anything this year to celebrate any type of Irish festivity, I sure hope it will be these Irish Soda Bread Scones.
If you need any help this year in the recipe department, I’ve got you covered with a few goodies from my blog:
Be sure to check out all the amazing St. Patrick’s Day recipes from my food blogging peeps below:
Bailey’s Irish Cream Mini Cheesecake Bites from Daily Dish Recipes
Beef and Guinness Pie from Everyday Eileen
Chocolate Guinness Cake from Cindy’s Recipes and Writing
Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles from The Freshman Cook
Celtic Knot Rolls from Cooking With Carlee
Colcannon from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Colcannon with Kale from Simple and Savory
Corned Beef and Cabbage from Tip Garden
Corned Beef Sliders with Horseradish Sauce from New South Charm
Double Chocolate Fudge for St. Patrick’s Day from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Fisherman’s Pie from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Dublin Coddle from All That’s Jas
Irish Cheddar & Dried Cherry Soda Bread from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck
Irish Nachos from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Irish Potato Leek Soup from House of Nash Eats
Irish Pub Salad from Cookaholic Wife
Irish Soda Bread Muffins from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Irish Soda Bread Scones from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Leprechaun Bait from Palatable Pastime
Pretzel Shamrocks from Family Around the Table
St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Chow from Soulfully Made
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