Irish Soda Scones

8 people
45 min

Last Updated on March 10, 2020 by

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

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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Recipe details
  • 8  people
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk + 1 tablespoon
Topping Ingredients
  • 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.
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  • Amanda Connelly Amanda Connelly on Feb 09, 2022

    Wow, Chef Mireille! These look amazing!

  • Deanna Deanna on Feb 18, 2022

    I bought the Fisher brand (I've never made scones before) but my mom loves lavender so I decided to make lavender scones with that fisher store bought brand. Omg 😭 it came out sooo dry! Even cutting the scone in half and adding butter, was still dry. I made it with the package instructions but still came out very dry. I only added 2 teaspoons of the dry lavender and thought that wouldn't have made it dry in the 1st place. Buut idk if I gave up on making scones. Thank you for your recipe!

    • I promise you will love the homemade version way more, but also realize true scones aren't as sweet or moist as what most American scones are. Scones are really closer to an American biscuit than the cake like version usually sold.