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A Lil' Bit o' Brit: The Scone

Photo by Harriet of Bo's Kitchen

Nothing exemplifies the Brits more than their oft-celebrated tea parties. As the practice of having a full tea service became more popular (thanks to none other than Queen Victoria), Brits naturally needed something to accompany the hot drink. Along with sandwiches and cake was the much-desired scone. Originating in Scotland when baking powder became more available to the masses, many versions of the baked good have spawned across the British Isles and eventually across the pond.

Whether you pronounce it "scown" or "scawn", put clotted cream or jam first, one thing is for certain -- the scone is here to stay. Below, some of our favorite recipes.


Treacle Scones by Nickki (Something Sweet Something Savoury)

If scones are the quintessentially British baked good, then treacle would be its flavor counterpart. Usually made up of a syrup-like component like Golden Syrup or molasses, treacle can be found in traditional desserts such as treacle pudding and treacle scones, as seen here. This recipe originates from the Scottish Highlands, where blogger Nikki calls home.

Buckingham Palace Fruit Scones by Karen Burns-Booth (Lavender & Lovage)

As previously mentioned, Queen Victoria herself popularized afternoon cream teas -- and what better way to celebrate her legacy to British tea culture than with Karen Burns-Booth's Buckingham Palace Fruit Scones? Published around the time of King Charles' coronation last year, these scones are certainly fit for a King with a particular penchant for sweets: all the makings of a traditional English scone, but with the addition of dried fruit.

Very Blueberry Scones by Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen)

For many (including this writer), the smell of blueberries conjures up vivid childhood memories of muffins baking in the kitchen oven. This seems quite fitting for Deb Perelman and her Very Blueberry Scones, as she was pregnant with her second child at the time of publication. This iteration of scones manages to blend two nostalgic classics in a way that is perfect for creating new memories with loved ones.


Images by Nickki, Sarah Burns-Booth and Deb Perelman.

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