Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cabra Castle Scones

Cabra Castle, Ireland

I'm taking you away to Ireland, the only European country my hubby and I visited and our dream vacation, which was nearly three years ago.  While there, on our last stop, we stayed at Cabra Castle, which was sooo beautiful.  Our tour guide informed us that in his opinion, they made THE BEST scones in all of Ireland.  I had to try it and yes, it was so wonderful.  On a whim, when I got home, I wrote to them and asked for the recipe.  Surprisingly, they sent me the recipe!  The only problem, the recipe was done in pound weights!!!  Well, I thought, I have a scale, so I halved, then quartered the recipe, weighed and then converted to cups.  Here's my rendition of Ireland's best scones.

Teapot is from Ireland.  My sister bought us the book.

2 c. + 1 heaping Tablespoon flour
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 t. + 1/8 t. baking powder
4 T. margarine (I used butter)
1/3 c. dried fruit
1/2 c. milk

Mix the flour,  sugar and baking powder together in a bowl.  Cut in the margarine or butter.  Add the dried fruit and mix.  Add the milk and knead until all flour is incorporated.  Pat the dough out into a circle and then cut into eighths. 

Bake the scones in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Blarney Castle plate is from Johnson Brothers, at Homegoods.

In my Irish Blessing Journal, I recorded our daily events. I used some doilies for my tray placemat.

My hubby kissing the Blarney Stone, where his hat fell off.  We found it later, hanging on the side of the castle!!


Wimpy me "kissing" the Blarney Castle wall (sorry, but I couldn't kiss a stone where a million people have kissed....Ewww!!)

One of the courtyards at Cabra Castle.


I am sharing with:

Mix It Up Monday!

On the Menu Monday

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday

The Bunny Hop

Let's Dish!

Full Plate Thursday

Tablescape Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekend Potluck

Seasonal Sundays


  1. These are such fun vacation memories, and the scones must be wonderful! Thanks for sharing that recipe!

  2. Lovely and treasured photos. Travel is so much fun. There is so many wonderful places to visit. Thanks for sharing this fabulous vacation.

  3. I loved seeing your memories Kitty, and I'm with you. I would not kiss a wall millions of other mouths have touched either. Ewww! There's a limit in how much culture I'll take in, and I guess you know what my limit is. Love your dishes. I bought some similar ones earlier this year, but haven't shown them on my blog yet. Hope you've been doing well this summer.

  4. I want to go to Ireland. Enjoyed your photos and your tea tray. Those scones look great.

  5. Kitty, I've not been to Ireland, but would love to visit one day. Don't think I could kiss the stone either. ;-)

  6. Kitty, your personal pictures are so perfect for this post. I feel the same way about kissing that stone!!! Beautiful plate with delicious looking scones!! I have a lot of German cookbooks and they are all by weight - where I need to remember an American lb is 450 grams and a European lb is 500 grams! Another recipe to give a try!! be blessed. xo marlis

  7. Nice trip! Scones look delicious!

    I wouldn't kiss the stone either! LOL!


  8. Hi Kitty! Oh, I've always wanted to go to Ireland! Looks so fun! I might not have kissed that stone either. Imagine all of the lips that have been there. :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Lovely trayscape and beautiful pictures. You're a handsome couple! What a wonderful trip that must have been! The scone looks delicious.

  10. Hi Kitty,
    How wonderful that you went to Ireland! I'm so glad you shared your pictures and the scone recipe. I'll be trying them soon.

  11. I think Ireland looks lovely! I love scones so I might just have to try this! Hugs, Linda

  12. I adore a good scone and yours look delicious and melt in your mouth good. Brave man to hang upside down to kiss the stone, I would do the same as you. xo

  13. Kitty~ I've always wanted to visit Ireland! Your scones look delicious! I think I'd pass on kissing the stone too :)

  14. How beautiful!! It looks like you had a wonderful time! Your setting is lovely and your scone looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  15. What a great place that would be to stay. I'm with you on the not kissing part...Eeesh!!! That must have been a fabulous vacation. I would love to go there. :)

  16. SO cool, Kitty!!! I'm with you on kissing that Blarney Stone. I don't think I want to come in contact with quite so much DNA as that!!! Ireland is a country I have long wanted to visit, but I'm a wimp about flying...so I guess that's out! My Mom and my niece have both been there and loved it. It would be cool to see all the castles and the countryside and to just hear the men talk! :-) I always think of Colin Farrell!!!! I'm sure that if I ever go to Ireland I will have to budget a lot of money for shipping back to the U.S. of all kinds of fabulous stuff!!!!!!! You were very wise to ask for that scone recipe. You never know if you don't ask!

  17. I bet that was a great trip! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Kitty, What a fun vacation with your hubby. I always check out the pictures when they include red transferware, and yours is perfect with the scones and cookbook. I can almost smell them coming off the screen. Happy Summer. ~CJ

  19. Nothing like scones and love Ireland -- which I haven't visited yet! Great pictures. And I'm with you on the blarney stone!

  20. What a fun trip, Kitty! Love your table and I really like the Britain Castle plates. I have them too. You and your hubby look so cute kissing the castle:-)...Christine

  21. Kitty, I am with you, think of those germs!
    I hope the scones are better than some my Iris relatives made! :)
    That's a good sign you got dh's hat back!
    Thanks for taking us to Ireland!

  22. Great trip that must have been. Looks like a fine recipe too.

  23. Oh, I hope to visit Ireland one day! But, I'm with you on NOT kissing after millions of other people have! The scones sound divine!

  24. Oh, I hope to visit Ireland one day! But, I'm with you on NOT kissing after millions of other people have! The scones sound divine!

  25. I love scones! I'm sure these taste wonderful. Glad you had a great trip! I would not have kissed the Blarney Stone either... :-)


  26. Oh Kitty, wish I went to Ireland too! Someday I will, I have that on mind for a next trip. i love your dishes, they're just right for this fabulous destination! Love scones and you both look so cute kissing the stone..yeah, I would have to put a tissue in the stone before I place my lips in it, lol..So happy you both had such a beautiful trip.

  27. Smiles mean fun, which it looked as tho you were haveing. Your dishes are on my want lst which grows & grows.

    Cathy <;)

  28. What a fun trip. I so hope to get to Ireland some day. Love the scones too. YUM!

  29. Looks like you had a great trip!

    Visiting from the Bunny Hop.

  30. Hi Kitty!

    How lucky for you... going to Ireland and having that cute husband! Oh how I want to go to Ireland and Scotland too!

    I can't even do metric measures let alone pound weights. (They're not the same are they?) Who am I fooling... I can barely use any measuring cup :/

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  31. O, how fun this must have been.
    I can not WAIT to try these scones...maybe in the morning...Mr. Sweet will be so happy. :))
    xo bj

  32. Hi Kitty,
    What a great trip and wonderful memories. Trips like that live in our heart and we can pull them up and smile anytime. Your Cabra Castle Scones look delicious, I would love one right now. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  33. Back again...:)
    I am making something luscious for two friends Sat. morning and I think I'll make these with cranberries and pecans...think that would be good?
    Just warm with butter?....or shall I do a glaze?
    Is this recipe as easy as it sounds???
    AND...then, I just saw your strawberry pie...wonder if these two gals can handle BOTH.?? :))


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