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I don’t need to remind you that St. Patrick’s is coming. But I do need to remind you that you can get creative and make more than the typical Irish Soda Bread. I give you (drum roll please)….. Irish Coffee Cake Scones!
Not sure about you, but I freaking love scones. I mean, what’s not to love about scones? You can have one for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack. You can put basically whatever you want in them, and they are super good right out of the oven. And what’s better than scones with crumb topping (or, as me and my mother call it, “crumb toppling”)? Scones with crumb topping of course!
Here’s the equipment you’ll need:
- Baking sheet
- Chef’s knife
- Dinner fork
- Large cutting board
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 2 medium bowls
- Paint brush
- Parchment paper
- Pastry cutter
I like to start this recipe by making the coffee cake mixture first. It’ll take some forearm work to incorporate the shortening into the sugar mixture. I have found that using a fork makes this easier than most other utensils. Your mixture should be a little bit sticky with small clumps, similar to the photo above.
Now for the scones. When you’re ready to incorporate the butter in step four, be sure that you’ve cubed it and that the butter is cold (not softened). Small cubes like the ones pictured above will help you work the butter into the flour mixture more easily.
I know, it’s hard to resist, but try not to over mix the batter. After you add the buttermilk mixture, only mix until the dough starts to stick together. The dough should look similar to the photo above.
I like a thicker scone, so these are about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall.
After you’ve egg-washed (if that’s even a word) your scones, use just a spoonful of the crumb mixture for each.
Another wonderful thing about scones? They don’t take forever to bake. After 15-17 minutes in the oven, you have a heavenly treat awaiting you.
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- ⅓ cup shortening
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
- ⅜ cup brown sugar (or ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ⅛ teaspoons salt
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup currants
- ½ cup cold butter, cubed
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup low fat buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons flour, set aside
- Add all ingredients into a bowl. Mix together, using a fork, until shortening is fully incorporated.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together one egg and two tablespoons of milk for the egg wash and set aside.
- Whisk flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk other two eggs, almond extract and buttermilk.
- Using a fork or a pastry cutter, incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until medium sized crumbs appear. Stir in the currants. Do not over mix.
- Add buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and stir until the dough starts to stay together.
- On a cutting board, place the two tablespoons on flour on the surface. Turn dough out onto the surface. Cut the dough into two equal halves. If necessary, knead each portion of the dough to keep it together, but knead as minimal as possible.
- Using your hands, shape each half into a circle, about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall. Cut each circle into six wedges.
- Carefully move each scone onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Brush tops of scones with egg wash mixture. Add coffee crumb mixture by the tablespoon on top of each scone.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes. Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
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