Irish Soda Bread Scone With Guinness Glaze

March 10, 2016
When I lived in a little cabin in the woods, I used to make everything in a wood cook stove. One of my favorite treats was making scones. Ever since then, I love biting into a delicious scone and some hot coffee, remembering how it was my afternoon treat during those wilderness days so long ago.
Scones are delightful. They are very slightly sweet, but more enjoyable for their tender crumb, with just a hit of glaze. Truly a decadent treat, and the following recipe brings me back to a much simpler time. 
This recipe celebrates the flavors of St. Patrick's Day so well. The scone is a traditional food all by itself, but this one from the Michelle Spell, pastry chef and owner of Ava's Cupcakes, brings things to a whole, new level by drizzling her amazing Guinness Glaze over them. You have to give this recipe a try. It's going to rock your kitchen! 
Ava's Cupcakes Irish Soda Bread Scone with Guinness Glaze
·         2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, sifted
·         1/2 Cup Sugar
·         1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
·         1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
·         1/2 Teaspoon Salt
·         2 Tablespoons cold Butter
·         1 cup Heavy Cream
·         1 egg, room temperature
·         1/2 cup Raisins- optional
·         1/2 Cup Guinness
·         1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
·       Scone
o   Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. 
o   Combine wet ingredients, add to dry mix until incorporated.
o   Place dough onto floured surface, gently knead into a flat disk, cut with cutter or into pie shaped pieces
o   Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
·         Glaze
o   Pour stout into saucepan over medium heat and reduce by half
o   Add 10X sugar, remove from heat, blend until smooth
o   Pour heaping teaspoon over each cooled scone
o   Allow a few moments to dry and serve

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