Hark thee, good fellows and gentlewomen! Today, I am here to regale thee with a recipe that is sure to delight thy senses and warm thy heart – the Irish Cran Oat Scones Recipe!
Picture this: a succulent scone loaded with tart, juicy cranberries and hearty oats, served warm from the oven with a dollop of creamy butter. The aroma alone is enough to send one’s taste buds into raptures.
These oat scones are the perfect balance between sweet and savory, boasting a soft crumbly interior and a crisp exterior. They are easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients that thou art sure to have on hand – flour, sugar, baking powder, buttermilk, butter, salt, and of course, dried cranberries and oatmeal.
As an added bonus, these scones can be enjoyed at any time of day. Whether thou art indulging in high tea or looking for a mid-afternoon snack, these oatmeal scones will satisfy thy cravings and leave thee feeling invigorated.
So gather round, my fellow foodies! Let us embark on a culinary adventure together and discover the joy of Irish Cran Oat Scones.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Greetings, my fellow food lovers! Please lend me thine ears and give heed to my words!
As a chef dedicated to the art of gastronomy, I beseech thee to try this recipe for Irish Cran Oat Scones. Hath thou ever tasted a dessert that paradoxically manages to be both hearty and light? This is what thou shall experience with every delectable bite of these scones!
What makes this recipe so special, you ask? For one, it uses dried cranberries, which bring not only their signature tartness but also a subtle sweetness that complements the flavors of oatmeal and butter expertly.
But hold not thy horses, for more enchanting attributes are at play. The texture of the scones themselves is sublime—crumbly on the outside, tender and moist on the inside. Such a lovely balance could only be achieved by a skillfully crafted batter that incorporates just the right amount of baking powder and soda.
And let us not forget the magical ingredient that is buttermilk! It lends an almost creamy tanginess that sets these scones apart from any other you might have tasted before.
Moreover, doth thou crave versatility in thy dishes? Fear not! This recipe is easy to customize with any nuts or fruits thou liketh. Imagine adding pecans or fresh cranberries for an even more delightful twist!
Thus, I implore thee to seize this opportunity to create a dish that will tickle thy taste buds and warm thy heart. As someone who hath already tried this recipe and been bewitched by its charm, I urge thee to take up thy apron and embrace thine inner baker. The result will undoubtedly be nothing short of mesmerizing!
Here are the ingredients you will need to make these delicious and hearty Irish Cran Oat Scones:
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon of cream or milk (for brushing the scones)
- 3/4 cup of dried cranberries
You can easily find all these ingredients at your local grocery store. Make sure to get fresh cranberries to make your scones even more delicious!
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have gathered all the ingredients for our Irish Cran Oat Scones, let’s proceed with the recipe how-to.
Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients
Before anything else, we need to prepare all our ingredients. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Add in 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter cut into small pieces. Using a pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it forms a coarse crumbly mixture. Next, add in 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of dried cranberries.
Step 2: Mix the Wet Ingredients
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, stir together 1 egg and 3/4 cup of buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients mixture to your dry ingredients mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
Step 3: Shape and Cut Dough
On a lightly floured surface, transfer the dough and knead it gently into a ball. Form it into an even disk with about 8″ wide by patting it down with your hands or use a rolling pin. Cut dough into eight wedges with a pastry cutter or sharp knife.
Step 4: Bake and Serve
Preheat your oven to 400°F then place your cranberry oat scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush each scone with some extra buttermilk and sprinkle some sugar on top for an extra sparkle. Finally, bake them in the oven for around 15 to 18 minutes until they turn golden brown. Let them cool down on a wire rack for at least five minutes before serving.
Congratulations! You have made some delicious Irish Cran Oat Scones to indulge in on a relaxing break.
Substitutions and Variations
Oh, what variations can we add to the recipe of these delightful Cran Oat Scones! If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try some different dried fruits, like apricots or cherries. Perhaps you’re in the mood for something more traditional, so add currants or even raisins. For a sweeter variation, try using fresh cranberries instead of dried cranberries. If you want to explore further and add nuts to your scones, go ahead and throw in some chopped pecans or walnuts.
And if you’d like a twist on the classic cranberry oat scones recipe, try exchanging some of the oats for a bit of cornmeal or wheat germ. Or for a burst of citrus flavor, experiment with orange zest instead of cranberries. For those who prefer their scones to be a little bit healthier, feel free to substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, and honey for sugar.
Regardless of which variation or substitution you decide on, don’t forget that buttermilk plays an essential role in the texture and flavor of these scones. So stick with it! But if you need a quick fix and don’t have any buttermilk at hand, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of milk and let sit for 5 minutes until you see it turn slightly thicker.
In general, don’t be afraid to experiment and create your very own unique twist on an Irish Cran Oat Scone recipe. You will be surprised at how many different delicious versions you can achieve by modifying this adaptable recipe.
Serving and Pairing
Good day, my esteemed readers. Now that you have baked a delightful batch of Irish Cran oat scones, I am pleased to suggest serving and pairing options for your indulgence. Best served fresh out of the oven with a steaming cup of tea or coffee to start your day on a sweet note, these scones are destined to become your new favourite treat.
For added decadence, I recommend slathering a generous portion of creamy butter or fruit jam on each scone while warm. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, try topping with a dollop of clotted cream, which will complement the oat and cranberry flavours perfectly.
When serving guests, you can easily elevate the occasion by presenting your scones on a stylish cake stand accompanied by an assortment of teas and spreads. Pairing these delightful treats with a light-bodied Earl Grey tea will accentuate the cranberry flavour while keeping your palate clean.
Finally, if you have leftovers or want to make-ahead for later consumption, these scones also hold up well when frozen after baking. Simply place them in an airtight container and freeze for up to two months. To reheat, remove from the freezer and thaw at room temperature before warming up in the oven, toaster or microwave.
With these tips and suggestions, I hope you enjoy your Irish Cran oat scones in all their splendour at any time of day or occasion.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Verily, these cranberry oat scones can be prepared ahead of time, stored appropriately or even reheated to regain their warm and fresh texture.
To make ahead, the scones can be made and cut into triangles up to 24 hours in advance, then refrigerated or frozen for a longer period. One can choose to freeze individual scones after cutting and covering them properly with an airtight wrap before placing them in the freezer for up to one month.
When it’s time to store, ensure that the scones have cooled completely before putting in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. These oat cranberry scones will stay fresh at room temperature for up to two days, in the fridge for up to four days, and in the freezer for up to one month.
For reheating, if frozen, allow the scones sufficient time outside the freezer to thaw. For room temperature scones or those from the fridge, preheat your oven at 350°F. Then place your scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and heat them for about five minutes until they are heated through.
In any event thou hast leftover cranberry oatmeal scones that hast grown stale, you need not worry! Rejuvenate thy baked goods by wedging them into a preheated 300°F Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes.
In essence, be mindful of how thou keepest thy baked goods; let not wastage tarnish thy efforts.
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve perfect Irish cran oat scones, you need to follow some tips to ensure that they come out great. Here are some helpful tips that you can follow:
Firstly, make sure to use cold butter when making the scone dough. The cold butter will prevent the scones from spreading too much during baking and give them a flakier texture.
Secondly, be careful not to overmix the dough. Overmixing will develop gluten in the flour, which makes the scones tough. Mix the dry ingredients together first and then cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Thirdly, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a substitute by adding one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before using in the recipe.
Fourthly, when measuring flour for this recipe, spoon it into a measuring cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t pack the flour down into the measuring cup as this can lead to dry and crumbly scones.
Fifthly, preheat your oven to the correct temperature and make sure that it’s fully heated up before putting your scones inside. This is important as it will help your scones rise properly.
Finally, don’t forget to brush the tops of your scones with a little bit of milk or cream before baking. This will give them a beautiful golden color and help them rise even more.
By following these tips, your Irish cran oat scones will turn out perfectly every time!
As with any recipe, there may be some questions that come up while making these Irish Cran Oat Scones. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions that might arise while preparing this dish.
What is the secret to making good scones?
If you want your scones to rise beautifully, try using cold or frozen butter instead of room temperature butter. It can make a big difference in the texture. Additionally, it’s crucial not to mix the dough too much; otherwise, the scones could turn out too dense. Only combine the ingredients until they come together. Pastry flour could also be helpful, and it can create the lightest scones. Finally, before baking, be sure to chill your scones once you have shaped them for the best results.
Why is cream of tartar used in scones?
Cream of tartar offers multiple benefits in cooking and baking. It can aid in maintaining the consistency of whipped egg whites, hinder sugar from forming crystals and act as a leavening agent in baked treats.
How do I get my fruit scones to rise and be fluffy?
Arranging your scones in close proximity allows for an even and elevated rise during baking. By placing the scones side by side, heat is distributed evenly and the scones will rise upward as opposed to outward. This technique ensures the ideal height and texture for your baked scones.
Can you substitute oat flour for regular flour for scones?
When it comes to baking, not all flours are made equal. Oat flour, in particular, has a unique density and texture that sets it apart from all-purpose flour. If your recipe calls for regular white flour, using oat flour instead will require a different measurement. Replace 1 cup of white flour with 1 1/3 cup of oat flour, and if the mixture becomes too thick, simply add a bit more liquid until it reaches the desired consistency. Keep reading for the full recipe.
Fellow bakers and lovers of good food, I implore you to try this delightful Irish Cran Oat Scones Recipe! These scones are easy to make and bring the perfect combination of sweet and tartness to the table. Loaded with dried cranberries, oatmeal, and bursting with flavors of brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter – they are a delicious treat for any occasion.
Not only are they tasty, but they also make great gifts. Imagine surprising your friends or family with a paper-wrapped batch of these cranberry oat scones fresh from your kitchen. They will thank you for spicing up their lives!
So grab your ingredients list containing buttermilk, dried cranberries, unsalted butter, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, oatmeal or rolled oats, all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour and get started with this recipe now. Bake a batch of these delicious scones today! Trust me; you won’t regret it. Bon appétit!
Irish Cran Oat Scones Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (we did not use the quick one)
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the dough is crumbly.
- Fold in the cranberries we also like other dried fruits such as chopped apricots etc. Add the buttermilk and stir lightly with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together to form a ball, (The dough will be sticky, but they warn not too over work dough)
- On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a large circle about 2 inches thick. Cut the dough into wedges.
- With a spatula, transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 22 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Best served warm and on the day they are made.
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Brian is a British chef cum food blogger who has been in the kitchen since he was a young lad. Growing up in Manchester, he developed a passion for cooking and a keen eye for the perfect dish. He now runs his own blog and YouTube channel, which is dedicated to sharing his passion for food with the world.