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The Best Scones in Ireland from Hayfield Manor

Published: March 17, 2014

During a recent trip to Ireland, I traveled from north to south, from shore to shore, in the search of the perfect scone. And at Hayfield Manor, an ivy-clad estate within walking distance of the city center of Cork, I found it–the best scone I’d ever tasted. Freshly baked and oh-so-lightly browned, the scones are quite simply delicious. And the folks at Hayfield Manor know it, emphatically declaring that they have “perfected the art of scone making!” I completely agree.

They were generous in sharing the best-kept secret to scone making with me. And I now pass it along to you.

Hayfield Manor Scones

Tea and the best scones in Ireland at the Hayfield Manor. <br /> Photo courtesy <a href="hayfieldmanor.ie">Hayfield Manor</a>.

Tea and the best scones in Ireland at the Hayfield Manor.
Photo courtesy Hayfield Manor.

Ingredients

  • 6.5oz cream flour
  • 1.2oz white sugar
  • 1.4oz butter (preferably salted)
  • 1oz raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2.9oz buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 356°F
  2. Place all dry ingredients and butter in a mixer with a flat attachment and blend until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add egg.
  4. Add buttermilk.
  5. Mix in raisins.
  6. Roll out dough and use a scone/cookie cutter with 4cm diameter
  7. To make the glaze for the scones, beat one egg and add a splash of milk. Brush the top of the scones with the egg wash.
  8. Place on a tray and put into preheated oven for 17 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with plenty of fresh cream and jam of your choice. If you’re feeling especially decadent, butter the scone first!

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