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Irish Soda Bread Scones

These little Irish soda bread scones are perfect for any meal but wonderful served for breakfast with coffee and your favorite jams and jellies. 
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread Scones
Servings: 18 scones
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds optional
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  • Soak the raisins in the 1 cup of hot water for 30 minutes and drain.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and caraway seeds in a large bowl. Grate the butter or cut in small pieces into the flour mixture and cut in until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. I just use a large spoon to cut the butter into the flour. Fold in the raisins and add buttermilk. Mix with a spoon until flour becomes a ball. 
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and roll or pat with your hands until dough is about 1/2 inch thick, then fold it over and pat to 1/2 inch thickness again. I used a small biscuit cutter that is 2 inches round to cut out these scones but you can use whatever you have. Brush tops of unbaked scones with additional buttermilk. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until brown or about 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 18 (2 inch sized) biscuits.