Sunday, January 30, 2011

Family recipe book- 'Dad's scones'

When we were growing up, 'Dad's scones' were a regular and much enjoyed feature of our lives. Somewhere between Irish soda bread and an afternoon tea type scone, Dad's scones tasted best straight from the oven dripping with real butter. Yum.
I bake them every so often and right now I am tweaking the recipe somewhat to make them with vegan 'sour milk' instead of buttermilk. Mainly because I don't keep buttermilk in the house but always have rice milk. Also next time I'll be using spelt flour instead of wheat as it's just that bit healthier.

Dad's scones are the first recipe in our family recipe book. This was a great present I received from one of my favorite people in the world (and soon-to-be-blogger!), Becky. She took an old book and blanked out the pages, wrote in an occasional funny comment and left it to me to fill with whatever I chose. It's one of those things I would grab first if the house was on fire! I have recipes from my family and some friends and intend on passing it onto Maisie whenever she needs it.

  The scones turned out well, not as well as Dad's, but that's not surprising.

Dad's Scones (original version)

12 tbsp stoneground brown flour
1 tbsp white flour
2/3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bread soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 oz marge
buttermilk to wet

1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
2. Add the marge.
3. Add the buttermilk till it's almost sticky.
4. Make into square shapes and bake in oven for 10 or 15 minutes at 180 degrees C.
5. Eat with proper real butter (salted if possible) and add a slice of cheese if your're feeling savory or if there's any homemade jam in the house then go mad!


  1. Saw your comment on Naturally Momma and was curious about your name and am so glad I visited here. Your wintertime photos are wonderful!

    And the cookbook is lovely. Altered books and paper crafts are some of my favorite things.

  2. Hi Bridget, I've recently been intoduced to your fab blog by my sister! I love it, and am very impressed!
    By the way....that Becky person, she sounds truly AWESOME and fantastic!!!

  3. Thank you Carla! And thanks secret artist! That Becky person is must be a family thing!

  4. that jam looks incredible, too....and I LOVE your baby carrier!!! blessings to you, lovely lady!

  5. Looks good! I can definitely make it vegan for my family. We'll have to try it next weekend!

  6. P.S. I love the family recipe book!

  7. Your Dad's scones are a part of my life as well! The summer we went home to France, i tried to bake them at home but never succeeded. So a visit to Ireland without his scones is not a real visit.And I love bringing one home, it's a taste of Ireland, a bit of your house brought alive instantly in mine.

  8. Thanks Maria Rose!
    Marie-France, that's lovely to hear! That's so funny that you bring one home too!