Christmas Oat Scones

Friday 4 December 2020

Christmas Oat Scones

 I adapted todays recipe for Christmas Oat Scones from one I found in a cookbook of my sister's that her youngest son gave to her. It is called the Irish Cooking Bible.  It has some really good recipes in it.

So many that I decided to get a copy for myself. I know. But nobody can accuse me of having too  many cookbooks now. The recipes all looked really great in it. These scones were the very first recipe in the book!

They were called Irish Oat Scones.  They are filled with oats and raisins.  The recipe said that it made 30 scones, but I can tell you, if it made that many they would be very tiny scones.

I made ten. I also decided to amp them up a bit for the holidays.

Quick Mincemeat

Earlier this week I had made some Quick Mincemeat following a recipe I found on David Lebovitz. It looked fairly simple and I was wanting to make some mincemeat tarts for Christmas and was worried I couldn't find suet to make my own mincemeat.

It didn't use suet.  I made it but it is not really the same as regular mincemeat. This wouldn't make good tarts. I think it could really only be used as an addition to other things, like a fruit crumble.

Christmas Oat Scones

 I also felt however, that it would work well insead of the raisins asked for in these scones.  I decided it would add a really festive touch to them.  

I was totally right! 

It worked perfectly in them.  It is a tiny bit spicy and filled with dried vine fruits and candied peel and . . .  umm . . .  brandy.  A bit naughty, but it cooks out.

David's Quick Mincemeat is not saucy like ordinary mincemeat, which is why it works well. It is basically dried fruit marinated in brandy and some spices..

DO NOT try to use regular mincemeat in this. I don't think it would work very well at all. If you are wanting festive flavours, plump up the equivalent of dried fruit in some orange juice with some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and then drain it before adding it to the scone mixture.

Christmas Oat Scones

You only need one cup of dried fruit, so I would use 3/4 cup of raisins (Golden and regular) and then measure out 1/8 cup dried currants and 1/8 cup chopped candied peel.

I think those proportions would work well.  I would use 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each ground cloves and  nutmeg. You could also add some grated orange zest.

Christmas Oat Scones

 These are wholesome and hearty because of the oats. I love oats in baked goods.

Do use the old fashioned oats if possible. I think quick oats would not be very suitable and you would get somewhat mixed results.

Christmas Oat Scones

Again, the biggest challenge I had with these was photographing them. I found myself running around the house like a blue arsed fly trying to find the right spot.

I finally dug out a TV Tray from downstairs and set them up on there. I then carried the tray all over trying to find the right space.

Christmas Oat Scones

 Its not just space either. It is also finding the right time when the light is at its best. I could buy a light box, but then where would I set it up?  

I don't know.  Its all a matter of guess work at the moment.

Just look at the beautiful texture of the scones.  Perfect.  

My sister and I had a discussion on the differences between scones and biscuits.  Scones are definitely denser than biscuits and not quite as light.  Of course the oats in these makes them even heartier.

Christmas Oat Scones

 I love this plate of my sisters. It is one of her Yard Sale Finds.  She sells this stuff on her IG page. The pattern for this is "Check" by J & G Meaken of England.

I might ask her if I can buy them.  She has two of them. I really like them and they go well with things like this.

Christmas Oat Scones

 They very much have a "country" feel to them, which I am quite fond of. I love anything rustic and countri-fied.

I used to buy Country Living magazine many years ago and really loved the primitive style of furniture and decor that they shared with their readers.

Christmas Oat Scones

That's where I first got acquainted with Susan Branch and her artwork.  She used to do an illustrated recipe in the magazine each month. 

I fell in love with them.  The artist in me thought they were just precious. I had a huge collection of the magazine at one time, but they all got destroyed in a move.

In any case I hope you will be inspired to want to make these scones.  They were really good.  I served the with butter and jam. I had no cream, but cream would be fabulous as would hot cups of whatever you like to drink at teatime.

Do try the festive version, and if you don't like that, then just use raisins.  They will be enjoyed either way I expect!  Not fond of raisins? Why not use chopped dates or apricots?  Both would work very well.  Enjoy!

Christmas Oat Scones

Irish Christmas Oat Scones
Yield: 10
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 10 Mincook time: 15 Mintotal time: 25 Min
Hearty, delicious and very festive!


  • 2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tp salt
  • 1 cup (80g) old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup (120g) cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (150g) raisins (I used David Leibowitz's quick mincemeat)
  • 1 cup (240ml) butter milk
  • buttermilk and granulated sugar to brush


  1. Preheat the oven to 225*C/425*F/ gas mark 6.  Line a baking tray with some baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Stir in the oats.  Drop in the butter and cut it in with two round bladed knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Stir in the raisins or mincemeat.
  4. Stir in the buttermilk to make a soft dough. Knead gently a few times to bring it all together.
  5. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out to a rectangle about 12 by 10 inches in side.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 squares.
  7. Place onto the baking sheet, leaving space between each.  Brush each with a bit of buttermilk and sprinkle with some sugar.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, until risen and golden brown.  Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  9. Serve warm with butter and jam.
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  1. Welcome back to the Maritimes! You can buy suet in the frozen bins (near the meat) in Sobeys. I'm going to try these as I have some buttermilk to use up.

    1. I will have to check next time I am at Sobeys Linda! Thanks! xoxo

  2. I would love these for a Christmas treat while watching Call The Midwife Christmas special, along with a hot cup of tea. I have some spiced rum leftover from my fruitcake making (been feeding them once a week). Do you think that would work in place of the brandy?

    1. Ohh, I can't wait fo the CTM Christmas special. It is a highlight every year! I think you could certainly use the spiced rum! xoxo

  3. Oh these look wonderful! Will be making a batch this afternoon for the weekend (if we can wait). Having a bit of trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year - perhaps these will help!
    Thanks so much for your recipes, Marie. They are always yummy and remind me of my grandmother's baking every time. Sweet treats, sweet memories and a really sweet blogger...what more can one ask for?
    All the best to you!

    1. You are so kind to say such a thing Deb! My bil had one last night reheated with butter and bacon and thoroughly enjoyed it! I think we are all struggling with the Christmas Spirit this year for one reason or another. ((( hugs))) I hope the scones help! xoxo

  4. These look really good and will be an ideal afternoon treat over the weekend as I have everything I need at home. I'm looking forward to trying them as I love scones and especially fruit scones.

    I make a pear mincemeat every year with no suet as you can't buy it here and that is lovely in mince pies. I'll dig up the recipe over the weekend and mail it to you.

    1. I love fruited scones also Marie, although having said that I have never met a scone I didn’t like! I hope you enjoy these! I look forward to getting your recipe! Thanks so much! Xoxo

  5. I might make these over the weekend. I can finally stand enough to bake again. I've missed quite a few of your posts so I'm wondering if you are still in quarantine or have moved and long for the details! I'll be shooting you an email soon. Meanwhile, can't wait to try these.

    1. I am sorry to read you havn't been too well Jeanie! I am way behind on my reading! Love and hugs to you and I hope you enjoy the scones! xoxo

  6. All purpose flour = plain flour?


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