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Friday, August 15, 2008

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Scones 101

According to "Scones are believed to have originated in Scotland and are closely related to the griddle baked flatbread, known as bannock. They were first made with oats, shaped into a large round, scored into four to six triangles, and cooked on a griddle either over an open fire or on top of the stove."
"The origin of the name 'scone' is just as unclear as where it came from. Some say the name comes from where the Kings of Scotland were crowned, the Stone (Scone) of Destiny. Others believe the name is derived from the Dutch word "schoonbrot" meaning fine white bread or from the German word "sconbrot" meaning 'fine or beautiful bread'. Still others say it comes from the Gaelic 'sgonn' a shapeless mass or large mouthful."
By the way ... how do you pronounce the word "scone"? Personally, I don't believe there is a right or a wrong way as it all depends on your dialect, where you live, how you heard the word pronounced growing up, etc. I am American and my "scone" rhymes with "cone". Tall and Handsome is a London bloke and his (and his family's) "scone" rhymes with "lawn".

I suppose most of us have our own favorite scone recipe. Mine is of Scottish origin and was passed on to me years ago by a lovely teafriend in Maryland (waving to Pat). In any event, here's a brilliant step-by-step video on how to make Irish scones - it's even accompanied by some lilting Irish music! I think this video does a grand job at not only illustrating the "light hand" that is needed in proper scone-making, but it also shows just how quick and easy it really is to make scones.
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