"Irish bread recipes can vary from family to family. This is Grandma Owens' (Mary Owens') Irish Bread or Irish Scone recipe." ~ Evelyn

Mary Owens’ Irish Bread

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 25 mins Cook Time 30 mins Rest Time 5 mins Total Time 1 hr
Servings: 10
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Dry Ingredients:


Wet Ingredients:


  1. Dry ingredients: 

    • Mix the dry ingredients above together and then cut in 1 stick butter (softened).
    • Next add raisins (12 oz. box).
    • Make a well in the middle.  (This is made by pushing the dry mixture up the sides of the bowl so there is a hole in the middle of the bowl, leaving a place to add the liquid.)
  2. Wet ingredients: 

    • Beat 1 C buttermilk and 2 eggs together with a fork.
    • Slowly add to the well in the dry ingredients, mixing in the sides and slowly sticking all together.
    • You may have to add a little more buttermilk.
    • Use your hands to gently stick it all together.
    • Roll out on a floured board.  You can now either make an Irish bread or scones.
  3. Scones:

    • Scones are simply made by cutting circles out with a cookie cutter or a floured glass. 


    • Bread is formed into a large circle and a cross is cut into the bread.  (Blessing of the bread.)
  4. Mom baked her bread on a black griddle.  She always heated the floured pan before adding the bread to it.

  5. For bread:
    • Bake at 400 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes and then turn oven down to 375 for 20 minutes, may take 5 minutes more or even longer if not looking golden.
    • Mom would turn off the oven and leave it in longer.
    • You know it's done when you knock on the back of the bread and it sounds hollow.
    • When you take it out of the oven, rub butter on top of it.
  6. For scones:
    • If you make scones, start checking them after 2-25 minutes. 
    • You may need to turn them over after 20 minutes to cook the undersides.
    • TIP:  Mom would cover the raisin with water and microwave for 2-3 minutes.  Drain when done.  This plumped the raisins up.
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