Blueberry, Almond & Orange Zest Scones

The Stuffed Olive, Bantry, Co.Cork

The Stuffed Olive, Bantry, Co.Cork
The Stuffed Olive, Bantry, Co.Cork

This recipe is taken from The Stuffed Olive cookbook and ever so slightly adapted. If you haven’t been to The Stuffed Olive in Bantry, Co.Cork, you should go. It is the most amazing deli that makes all kinds of savoury and sweet things. The best being the goats cheese tarts, the salads, and of course the cakes… and they make a lot of great cakes. We love stopping there to stock up on food when we head down to Schull!

These scones are really easy to make and take about 12 minutes to bake, but are really yum and impressive looking. You can vary the ingredients to whatever your taste substituting whatever berries you want and leaving out the cinnamon if it isn’t to your taste. They’re great at tea time, but we ate ours for breakfast!

Ingredients (to make 10-12 scones):

 350g self-raising flour

75g butter (room temperature)

50g caster sugar

Pinch of salt

1 egg

200ml buttermilk

small pinch cinnamon

flaked almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
  2. Grease baking tray with butter
  3. Sieve flour into big bowl with salt
  4. Add in sugar and rub the butter into the flour/sugar mix with your fingers
  5. Whisk the egg and buttermilk together. Make a well/hole in the centre of the bowl of the flour mix and pour in the buttermilk/egg mixture.
  6. Hold the bowl steady and mix with circular movements from the centre to outside of bowl- this should only take a minute.
  7. Add in blueberries, orange zest and small pinch of cinnamon. Don’t go overboard on the cinnamon as this is only to enhance the taste- not overpower it. Mix together and don’t worry if some of the blueberries get squished- they burst as they cook anyway.
  8. Put the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a slab about 2.5cm thick.
  9. Stamp out scone shapes with an upside-down glass (or scone cutter if you have one)
  10. Gather trimmings and repeat until you have used it all.
  11. Brush the top of these scones with some beaten egg and sprinkle with some caster sugar and the flaked almonds.
  12.  Bake for around 12- 15 minute or until golden brown on top.

These are great straight from the oven with some butter, jam and whipped cream if you have it!

Welcome to my food blog!

This is my very first blog post! I plan on uploading easy recipes in each post, usually influenced from great places I’ve eaten in Ireland and abroad, in homes and in restaurants. I will take these dishes I have tasted and try to recreate them in an easier way!I have decided to start off this blog with unapologetic photos of food porn from the English Market in Cork, one of my favourite places where I have enjoyed going almost every week since I was small! I find that whether you are passionate about food or not, you can’t help but wander around here for an hour buying things you didn’t plan to and end up at home happily tucking in to your purchases!My favourite stalls for indulgences are The Real Olive company, The Sandwich Stall, The Chocolate Shop (obviously) and O’Flynn Sausages. But you can get great ingredients for any recipes at SuperFruits, Kay O’Connells Fish Shop, Tom Durcan Meats and many more! This place is a must visit for anyone interested in food!

Heavens Cakes at The English Market, Cork

The Real Olive Company at The English Market, Cork
The Real Olive Company at The English Market, Cork

The Sandwich Stall at The English Market, Cork

Kay O'Connell's Seafood Stall at The English Market, Cork

The Alternative Bread Company at The English Market

Tom Durcan Meats at The English Market Cork

O'Flynn's Gourmet Sausages at The English Market

The Chocolate Shop at The English Market, Cork

because life is too short to be eating bad food

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