Irish Oatmeal Scones


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 oatmeal
1/3 cup buttermilk
melted butter and coarse-grained sugar


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

Combine first 5 dry ingredients in large mixing bowl or Cuisinart bowl. Cut in butter with pastry knife, or pulse in Cuisinart until it resembles coarse meal. Drain currants, then add to mixture with oatmeal. 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. 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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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!