When we think of British food, a few key dishes come to mind: fish and chips, the full English breakfast, and desserts like fruitcake and bread pudding—just to name a few. But here at Fresh, one of our favourite British traditions is high tea. We love the delicate finger sandwiches, the matching china, and most important, the scones! Curious about the origins of this iconic British baked good, we did a little research. Here’s what we discovered…
- Some say the word scone (pronounced scon or scone), comes from the Dutch “schoonbrot,” which translates as “beautiful bread.” Others believe this quintessential quickbread from the early 1500s takes its name from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone), where Scottish kings were once crowned.
- While the original scone was made with oats baked on a griddle and cut into triangles, today’s scones are made with flour, cut into triangles or circles and baked in the oven.
- For a traditional British tea, you serve clotted cream, jam and a pot of tea (made with tea leaves, of course!), alongside a basket of piping hot scones, golden on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.