Get ready for some controversy: a scone shape debate!
Maybe it’s because I grew up in (mostly) the south-east of England, or maybe it’s because most of the hundreds of scones I’ve devoured in my life have been purchased in cafes and tearooms rather than homemade. But I honestly associate British scones with being round, and it’s not until I moved to the United States that I kept seeing triangular or wedge-shaped impostors. In last week’s post, therefore, I cheerfully asserted that Anglo-scones are more likely to be round.
Not so fast, Ms. Wiles! I’m thrilled today to welcome Jean from Delightful Repast who has a thing or two to teach me:
The brouhaha I’ve come to think of as The Great Scone Kerfuffle of 2014 began when Melissa at Smitten by Britain posted my 2011 guest post How to Make a Proper Scone on Facebook recently. Apparently, people feel quite strongly about the shape of their scones. Of course, our Pauline’s comments about her own leanings toward round scones were very polite, but some comments were so harsh that Melissa wouldn’t even publish them! That is why I wrote the following paragraph for Melissa to add to the post:
If you prefer round scones, feel free to cut the dough with a round cutter (2-inch maximum). But I nearly always make the more traditional wedge shape. For two reasons: 1) That is the way generations of English women in my family have made scones, and 2) It uses *all* the dough the first time round, so there are no scraps of dough that have to be worked together for a second cutting; those are never quite as pretty or tender as the first rounds cut.
I’ve enjoyed many a round scone and have even made them myself on occasion, but 99 percent of the time I make wedge-shaped scones. I make no claims that the wedge scones are more “authentic” than the round, or that they are more “English” or “British” than the round. I can only say that I’ve been giving afternoon teas and making scones all my life, and I’ve always made scones the way my mother and her mother and her mother’s mother made them since the 1880s or earlier in northwest England.
So read my Tea and Scones post for my most frequently used scone recipe. If you’re gluten-free, try my Gluten-Free Scones. And then we’ll open another can of worms and discuss pronunciation. Does ‘scone’ rhyme with ‘con’ or with ‘cone’? I pronounced it in the way that rhymes with ‘con’ up until about 20 years ago or more, when I grew tired of being corrected. So now I say it the other way and am corrected by far fewer people!
Now let’s put the kettle on and have a civilised discussion about our differing opinions about scones and any other tea-related matters one might wish to discuss!
Copyright 2014 Jean at DelightfulRepast.com
Jean at Delightful Repast is a freelance writer who writes mostly about food, tea, weddings and etiquette for numerous publications. Her blog reflects her English culinary heritage. A lifelong tea aficionado (okay, okay, tea snob), Jean occasionally guest posts on matters of tea.