• Lucia Borzillo

Irish Soda Scones and a Cookie

Soda Bread or Soda Scones? Which do you think I made? There was only one person whose Irish Soda Bread I enjoyed. I think it was my sister-in-law's mother who baked it.

All the soda bread I have had since just seems like something dry that needs butter. Makes you just want to make a croissant.

But then I made Irish Soda Scones. No turning back.


Interestingly I went on my other blog, So What Are You Making For Dinner, to find the recipe. When I made these last year the world was turning upside down. This is what I wrote -

"We all have different ways of unwinding after a stressful week. Maybe I should have bought toilet paper. Honestly, it is getting serious. They closed the New Haven Library. That freaked me out a little."


One year later I received my shot this week. No side effects, except maybe drinking more wine...

This recipe for Irish Soda Scones is from The Joy of Baking site.


Ingredients -

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 tablespoon granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk


Method -

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add most of the buttermilk.

Using one hand, a wooden spoon or spatula, mix (adding more buttermilk if necessary) until you have a soft and moist dough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough into a 7 inch round. Cut this circle into 6 triangular sections. Place the scones on your prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with a little buttermilk or milk and then dust with a little flour. This gives the baked scones a floury brown crust.

Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place it on a wire rack.


And we needed a cookie!

I was thinking of shortbread but I saw this recipe and it sounded good. A Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie. I do not think I have ever made a "chewy" chocolate chip cookie recipe. It comes from IHeartEating.com.

I made 1/2 of the recipe from IHeartEating.com I ended up with some pretty good size cookies. I loved the easiness of this recipe. If you are short on time and need a cookie this is the one to make.


Ingredients-

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cups brown sugar (packed)

1 large egg

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

4 oz. White Chocolate Chips


Method-

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add brown sugar to a large bowl.

Pour melted butter over sugar.


Stir to combine butter and sugar. Let stand 5 minutes.

Add egg and egg yolk; stir to combine.

Stir in vanilla extract.

Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Using a medium cookie scoop, drop scoops of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for about 7-10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. The centers should still look soft and slightly under-baked. That will help to keep the cookies soft.

Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


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