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6 of the best

6 of the best... light and fluffy homemade scones

Is there anything better than a hot scone, fresh from the oven, topped with butter and jam? Surely not.

INGREDIENT-WISE, SCONES are very simple to make, but making the perfect scone can still be tricky. Too hard, too small, too crumbly… there are a myriad of things that can go wrong.

Get it right though, and you’ll have a tray of light, fluffy baked treats that go perfect with a cup of tea, some fresh butter and a great chat. Or on the savoury end, you’ll have a filling snack or the beginnings of lunch.

If a scone and a catch-up sounds like your cup of tea, head along to Lidl’s pop-up bakery, launched earlier this week in partnership with Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity. The Bakery will travel around Ireland between now and September 9th, serving up baked goods, tea and coffee, and encouraging people to stop in for a chat.

But if you’re keen on making your own at home first, here are a few recipes to check out…

1. Irish Brown Soda Scones from Catriona Redmond
A classic Irish scone recipe made with coarse wholemeal flour. Catriona mentions that this family recipe is traditionally served as a savoury scone, topped with cheese or smoked salmon. Delicious!

2. Blueberry Scones from Kerry’s Kitchen
Buttery and packed full of bursting blueberries, these scones take only 30 minutes to make from scratch. These would be delicious served with some lemon curd, the perfect tangy taste to compliment those lovely sweet blueberries.

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3. Buttermilk Scones from Irish Baking Adventures
This is a classic scone recipe that takes only five minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake. Buttermilk is the secret ingredient here, as well as a sugar glaze which adds a nice crunch! No buttermilk? No worries. Simply add two tbsp lemon juice to 250mls of regular milk and allow to stand for ten minutes.

4. Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones from On The Plate
While this recipe is made with wild garlic, chives could easily be substituted here to create a rich and tasty savoury scone. Perfect for lunchboxes or summer picnics.

5. Coffee And Chocolate Scones from Frugal Feeding
Although the coffee/chocolate combination in scone form may sound a little strange at first, has there ever been a time when coffee and chocolate flavours didn’t combine to outstanding success? Add a generous dollop of cream and you’ve got a mouth watering tea time treat.

6. White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones from Jane’s Patisserie
Flavour combinations don’t get much better than sweet white chocolate and tangy cranberries! Perfect for an afternoon tea or girlie get together.

Lidl’s pop-up The Bakery travels to Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, The Potato Market, Limerick and Cork city centre between now and September 9th, with all proceeds going to Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity. Head along for some baked goods and a chat, or check out the schedule of free events here.

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