I just love a good scone and these are made with Irish cream flour Odlum’s is the brand name and Kerry Gold Butter which can be found at most super markets now days. I found the flour at a little Celtic store we have here in the Austin Texas area. I will add that I have made them from King Arther self rising and European Flour and they turn out just as good.
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day and the strong people of Ireland it’s all things Irish.Irish cream soda flour or cream flour is just self rising flour it’s super fine and wonderful for scones. As for Kerry Gold butter no explanation is needed it’s simply the best butter hands down!!!
If you look closely you can see the bits of orange in the layers and this is what fresh squeezed oranges give you.
- 2 1/2 cups Odlum’s self rising flour
- 8 Tablespoons Kerry Gold unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 cup dried cranberries (I used craisins)
In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar which the flour mixture around with your pastry blender then cut in the butter. You want chunks of butter about the size of a pea. Toss your cranberries into the flour with you mixing spoon. In a your measuring cup measure with the O.J. measured add your egg and cream and whisk together then add to the flour. Mix the liquid in a folding motion just until the flour is wet. Dust your work surface with a little flour and dump the mixture onto it . With a dough scraper or flat spatula fold the dough over onto it’s self a few times to make a soft dough and shape into a circle gently flatting with you hand or you could roll with a rolling pin. Cut into 6 to 8 pieces place on a silpat or parchment paper leaving room between them to rise. Bake at 375 for 16 to 18 minutes. Cool and ice with thick ribbons of icing. Serve warm.
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