Irish Oatmeal Scones

Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


1/2 cup currants
water to cover
1-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter
1 cup old fashion oats
1/3 cup buttermilk
melted butter
coarse-grained sugar, optional


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine currants and water in Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave to boiling point, cover, and let stand.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and baking soda in large mixing bowl or Cuisinart bowl. Cut in butter with pastry knife, or pulse in food processor until it resembles coarse meal. Drain currants, then add currants and oats to mixture. Stir in buttermilk until dough is barely moistened.

Turn dough onto floured board and knead 6 to 8 times. Roll or pat into a circle, place on ungreased baking sheet, and score into 8 wedges. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse-grained sugar (if using). Bake for about 15 minutes.

This recipe can be doubled and divided into 3 circles with 6 wedges each. Doubled it yields about 30 two-inch round scones.


8 scones

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Irish Oatmeal Scones

I made this recipe, still have some left, believe it or not. They are yummy. However, I read the recipe to mean 'drain the water from the currants, and add currants'. That would mean that the only liquid used in the making of the scones would be the 1/3 c. buttermilk. I had to add another 1/3 to 1/2 c buttermilk to moisten the dry ingredients enough so that it could be handled easily. Also, as a diabetic, I add no sugar to much of my baking. In this case, the currants added enough sweetness for my taste. Thanks for the great recipes. They always peak my interest!!

Question re: currant prep

What's the best way to prepare the currants if you lack a microwave? Thanks.

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Hi, Tami. You could boil water on the stove and then add to the currants. Using the microwave here just makes things a bit speedier.

Irish scones substitute

Can you use raisins or dried cranberries?

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Hi, Debbie. Yes, you could absolutely sub dried cranberries or raisins in this recipe. Enjoy!


Most people don't realize that what are sold as "dried currants" or zante are actually raisins made from a small grape called Black Corinth. They're delicious what ever you call them. Actual currants are a small berry that grows on a bush and is in the goose berry family. Also delicious!

Possible correction

Your instructions say to combine first 5 ingredients which include currants and water. Perhaps you need a correction so that readers do not include the first 2 items but rather should combine 3-7 ingredients.


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Thank you for your feedback! We’ve edited the recipe to make the process more clear.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information would be very helpful if I am going to make these. Looking to cut cholesterol and A1c numbers.

Irish Oatmeal Scones -- cranberries in lieu of currants?

Would subbing frozen cranberries for the currants work in this recipe?


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You could certainly make that substitution, AJ. Great idea!

irish oatmeal scones

they are very good even without the currants, which i absently left i the microwave, maybe cause my device blanks out after maybe 2 mins? and i had scrolled down, so when it came back on...times when confidence is a snag.

This scone was very good. It

This scone was very good. It was soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I added cinnamon and brushed buttermilk instead of butter.

I was wondering which oats to

I was wondering which oats to use - steel cut Irish oats or rolled oats? Are they cooked first or do they go in dry? Thanks!

Use regular rolled oats and

Use regular rolled oats and add them dry.