Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter

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Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

My body is aching. I can’t tell if it’s from rigorous work-outs or just cooking my little heart out this week. Nonetheless, I’m about to get my hair professionally blow dried so all is ok in the world. It’s one of the greatest luxuries. If you’re a woman, you understand this sentiment; if you’re a dude, you’re probably confused why salons dedicated to just blow-drying even exist. The answer: because it’s important and blow-drying takes too long!

Last year I made my favorite Irish Soda Bread in the entire world. It was laced with brown sugar, whole wheat pastry flour and OMG there were whiskey-soaked raisins, which let me tell you, completely changed my mind about raisins.

I used to be one of those people who despised raisins. Like, if I saw a “chocolate chip cookie” to only then realize the CCs were raisins, serious side-eye, my friends. Serious. Nowadays I’m a grown-up who has the ability to enjoy some raisins in her baked goods. I’m an ever-evolving human.

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

These scones are everything I’ve ever wanted out of a scone.

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

If you bake these things, you might pick one up and mistake it for a hockey puck. DON’T BE ALARMED. The outside is a bit hard and they are kind of on the heavier side, but when you break it open, the interior will be soft and layered and amazing. A hint of sweetness and a slight tang from the buttermilk.

The most amazing part is the Salty Whiskey Butter. Eat every bite of scone with a bit of butter. Go all out. Salty, sweet with a flavor of whiskey. There’s nothing not to love.

(Shout out to Billy from Wit and Vinegar for the consulting on the side-eye GIF. He’s good at a lot of things; one of them being GIF-scouting on the internets.)

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter //

Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
  • 1/2 cup zante currants
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken

Salty Whiskey Butter:

  • 3 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Using a box grater, grate the butter into the dry ingredients and mix quickly, breaking up the butter so it's broken up into pea-sized bits throughout. Next, add the currants and toss them gently in the flour mixture so they are evenly distributed.
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, mix it together until it forms a shaggy ball. Drop the soda bread dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead a few times, being sure to not over handle it, which will result in tough bread. Form the soda bread into a 1 1/2-inch thick disc. Using a knife, cut the scones into 6 equal triangles. Form the triangles into circular shaped scones (or leave them as is, if you like). Transfer the scones to the baking sheet and put in the freezer to chill for 5 to 10 minutes. Using a knife, score the tops, forming an X; brush the tops with buttermilk and sprinkle each scone with a pinch of salt.
  • Transfer the soda bread scones to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centers comes out clean and the scones are golden brown. Serve warm with salty whisky butter.
  • Salty Whiskey Butter: To make the butter, add the whisky to a small saucepan, cook for a few minutes, until it begins to simmer slightly and it decreases to about 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey. We really just want to cook some of the alcohol out. Allow the whisky to cool completely. To a small bowl, add the softened butter, powdered sugar, cooled Irish whiskey and salt. Using a hand mixer (I only used one of the beaters!), beat until fluffy.
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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks March 14, 2014 at 12:54 am

    salted whisky butter..I want to eat that. Or drink that. Sounds amazing and beautiful biscuits! Pinned

  • Reply Madelein - mother to six wonderful kids March 14, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Whiskey butter sounds fantastic, I really must try to do that sometime.

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie March 14, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Salty whiskey butter… YES!

  • Reply Rose Powell March 14, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Sounds very “intoxicating” looks delish!

  • Reply Lori @ RecipeGirl March 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Hey! I shared soda scones today too– but I’m loving your Whiskey Butter!

  • Reply misie March 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    these look and smell like heaven to me! how do you eat just one?!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Gorgeous scones and I love the sound of your salty whiskey butter!

  • Reply Taylor @ greens & chocolate March 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Would you believe I’ve never had a professional blow dry?? Another shocker: I’ve never made Irish Soda Bread. Your description of the hard crust and soft and sweet inside has me thinking I must try it!

  • Reply misskimberlynn March 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I made soda bread for the first time this morning. Man, people weren’t kidding when they said don’t over kneed the dough. I thought I was being careful but it came out dense! Still tasty though 🙂

  • Reply Billy March 14, 2014 at 10:45 am


  • Reply Sara @ Confectionary Tales March 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had Irish Soda bread before but these look good. I’m on the fence about raisins but because of your change of heart, I might have to give them a try in these..

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Haha. Give it a try. Or put chocolate chips in these scones. I won’t tell.

  • Reply Dominique March 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Love love love the whisky butter recipe. Great idea! Can’t wait to try with our Irish Soda bread on Sunday.

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  • Reply Michelle March 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Oh man. These are what I want to eat right now. Soft, layered scones are the best!

  • Reply Katherines Corner March 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    divine!!! I hope you shared this at my Thursday Hop ( you can still link up until Sat) Hugs!!!

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  • Reply Christine March 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Salty whiskey butter? Genius, I tell you, pure genius! I just made Irish soda bread and was looking for a unique butter when I found this. And now, I think I’ll just have a little bread with my butter!

  • Reply Denisse @ Le Petit Chef March 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, I know technically the scones are the stars of the show here, but I could see myself putting this salted whiskey butter on just about anything in sight! Dangerous.

  • Reply Kori March 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Made these for breakfast this morning! So light and delicious, went perfect with my cup of tea!

  • Reply Veronica March 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Someone posted this on tumblr and I came to see the recipe, decided I must make them as soon as humanly possible. They were delicious. I doubled the whiskey butter so I’d have an excuse to make them again tomorrow. Thanks for this, seriously!

  • Reply Irish Baker March 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

    This is a good recipe and makes a good Irish Scone, but I will substitute regular salt for sea salt next time. The sea salt doesn’t dissolve into the scone dough, so when you are eating the scone, you hit pockets of salty that are kind of unpleasant. Other than that they are a nice flaky scone, not muffin-y at all. I used convection and 5 minutes less time and got a nice crumbly outer texture.

  • Reply Jennifer | Jennifer Bakes March 17, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Mmmm. These look delicious. I know it’s completely stereotypical but we Irish really love our alcohol!! I made some Guinness cupcakes myself!!

    Happy Paddy’s Day!

  • Reply Tara March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    OH MY. Made these on Sunday for a little treat and they were so good–we had a bit of trouble with the liquid and butter separating while making the whiskey butter, but it didn’t stop us from gorging on it. I was over the moon. YUM

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Oh no! Glad the scones turned out. But kinda bummed about the whiskey butter. It definitely shouldn’t have done that. Did it end up coming together in the end? The powdered sugar kinda helps bind it. But happy you liked it! xo

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    Add me to the crowd of Salted Whisky Butter admirers. I’m now thinking there should be a mixologists butter menu, like a specialty cocktail menu, at all fine dining establishments. They’d make a fortune on bread alone. Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  • Reply Tiff in Minnesota March 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thinking about soaking the currents in whiskey. Might have to substitute raisins. These sound wonderful! Can hardly wait to make them!
    Yum Yum!

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    Chopped Dates soaked in Whiskey. I hate Raisens!

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