Friday, March 16, 2012

Irish Scones

With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, it's time to bake something authentically Irish. My parents acquired this scone recipe years ago while visiting distant cousins in Ireland. They come out tender and flaky - perfect with butter and jam!

Nanny's Irish Scones

2 cups flour (I substitute half white whole wheat flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup raisins (I leave them out)
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Work the butter in with a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the raisins if desired. Mix in egg and buttermilk just until dough can shape like a ball. Cut the dough in half. Roll each half into a ball. Flatten balls slightly with floured hands. Cut each into 6 wedges. Place wedges on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into a scone. If desired, rub with additional butter while warm.

12 servings

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