In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share our favorite Irish scone recipe.
What's great about these scones is they are made with steel cut oats so they have a rich nutty flavor and a springy texture, almost like al dente pasta.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup chopped dried plums (or any other fruit you'd like)
- 4 tablespoons cold butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon heavy cream
- sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, stir the oats and buttermilk together. Let stand for 25 minutes. (If you want extra oat flavor, before combining, toast the oats in a skillet on low heat until they brown, or in an oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.)
In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and dried plums.
Add the butter and with a pastry blender or your fingers, work in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in the oats and buttermilk. Don't overmix.
Pat the dough into a round flat circle about 8 inches in diameter.
Mix the egg and teaspoon of cream together in a small bowl. Then using a pastry (or basting) brush, coat the top of the dough.
Sprinkle sanding sugar over the top. I like a lot of sugar, but it's up to you.
Cut into 8 slices and place on cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops start to brown.
Serve them warm with cream, butter, and jam. Enjoy! (You can see my daughter did!)
If you make some, please take photos and send them to me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out.