THE HISTORY OF THE SCONE…

afternoon tea

This Scottish Quick Bread is said to have taken its name from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) the place where Scottish kings were once crowned.

It is especially popular in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and Ireland.

The original triangular shaped scone was made with oats and griddle-baked.

Today’s scones are more flour-based and baked in the oven and made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder. They can include raisins, currants, or cheese.

In 2005 it was estimated that the UK scone market was worth £64m, showing a 9% increase over the previous five years. I’m sure a report now would value it as a lot more than that as the popularity for the traditional ‘afternoon tea’ (which includes scones) has rocketed.

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