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.
Scones became popular and an essential part of the fashionable ritual of taking tea in England when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788 – 1861), one late afternoon, ordered the servants to bring tea and some sweet breads, which included scones.
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.
Scones can be savory or sweet and are usually eaten for breakfast, but are also served with tea and in coffeehouses.
I just loved this headline in the Telegraph recently.
The writer of the article Olivia Goldsmith says Afternoon tea is more than just a meal. Those warm scones and clotted cream have nothing to do with sustenance or your daily diet, and no commuter ever wolfed down cucumber and cream sandwiches on the go. Afternoon tea is a moment of frivolous indulgence: and antidote to the daily grind.
Sooooooo true and I dont know about you but calories would never come to mind when you look at the delicious array of pastries and cakes in front of you. But apparently according to Olivia health-obsessives are taking over afternoon teas with their punitive calorie-counting and bizarre rules about carbohydrates. Even Selfridges have announced a guilt free high tea which consists of skinny scones and smoked salmon blinis with whipped avocado.
No Way, I hear you all cry! Please, please no more mentions of guilt free high tea with skinny scones, as we far prefer the freshly baked ones with a dollop of clotted cream and jam on it, thank you very much.