Irish Dulse Soda Scones


450g (1lb) Plain White Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
340ml (12fl oz) Buttermilk or Sour Cream
1 Egg, beaten
½ oz Dried Dulse
1 tsp Salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C; 400°F: Gas 6
  • Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat.
  • Soak the dulse in water for five minutes.
  • Discard the water and chop the dulse into fine strips.
  • Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large cool mixing bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Add the chopped dulse.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in most of the buttermilk.
  • Work around the bowl, drawing the flour into the buttermilk, until absorbed.
  • When the dough comes together it should feel soft but pliable, add more buttermilk if needed.
  • Turn onto a floured board, knead lightly.
  • Using the palm your hand, shape the dough out into a round about 1 inch thick.
  • Either score the surface into four or six, or use a biscuit cutter to cut out rounds.
  • Brush lightly with the beaten egg.
  • Place on the heated baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

NB: Dulse is a type of seaweed, may by purchased at healthfood stores.

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