Scones are a big part of Northern Irish baking. To be honest, scones are popular on both sides of the Atlantic, although the American variety do tend to be bigger. These Treacle Scones are a nice variation on a plain scone (recipe here). They are a little sweet and the treacle adds a lovely depth of flavor and color. Best served with a slathering of butter and your favorite jam.
Soda bread is remarkably quick and easy to make. There is no yeast involved, no proving or kneading, you just mix everything together, shape it and bake it! All the rising comes from the reaction of the baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and buttermilk.
This Fruit Soda Bread is a firm favorite in the Traybakes’ household. While best eaten on the day it’s made (especially with a generous slathering of butter) it’s also good toasted, if you have any left after a day or two!
I drink a lot of tea. I consider it to be a normal amount, but it’s probably well above average for my little corner of suburban Massachusetts. Perfectly normal for Northern Ireland though. And tea features in my baking this week. This is a recipe for Tea Loaf. A simple, straightforward bake that requires very little hands-on time.
Another non-traybake recipe. But scones are very traditional in Northern Ireland and there was a recipe in one of my books, so here it is!
This is a recipe for plain scones. No additions. No sickly, sugary glazes (American scones, I’m looking at you here). Just plain scones, best eaten while still warm and fresh from the oven. With butter and jam. Or clotted cream, if you live somewhere you can buy the proper stuff.