Irish Soda Scones
Soda bread has been a specialty of Ireland for over a century. These scones are made with flour and baking soda so you will need a quick light hand because baking soda starts to react as soon as it becomes wet. So get the scones into the oven as soon as possible. Also, these scones contain buttermilk which has a nice thick creamy texture with a rich tangy buttery taste that makes baked goods tender.
6 large scones
3 cups all-purpose flour (or a mixture of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
Place oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, grease, or spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add most of the buttermilk. Using one hand, or a wooden spoon, mix (adding more buttermilk if necessary) until you have a soft, moist dough.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough into a 7 to 8 inch round that is about 1 inch thick. Cut this circle into 6 triangular sections. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with a little extra buttermilk and then dust with a little extra flour. This gives the baked scones a wonderful floury brown crust.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven. These scones are best served warm from the oven with a little butter and jam.
* You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar, cider vinegar, or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before using.