Scones cause quite some controversy.

@garymarsh6 (21819)
United Kingdom
June 29, 2020 9:51am CST
Often we have a cream tea in the afternoon but there has been many discrepancies and arguments surrounding this delicious treat. The first is how to pronounce the word. Is it Scone pronunciation as in Stone Or Scone pronunciation as in song It is said that how you pronounced it determines which class you are from either working class or middle class. The next controversy is the argument as to whether you are having a Cornish Cream tea or a Devonshire cream tea. These arguments have gone on for years. Do you put the cream first or strawberry jam first? Tradition has it if you put the strawberry jam first followed by the clotted cream it is a Cornish cream tea. But should you put the clotted cream first then the strawberry jam on top of the cream and this is the way it is done in Devon. Personally we tend to put the cream first on the scone (as in Song never stone) Home made scones are best they are easy to prepare and bake and take only a short time. Usually you would have one plain scone and one fruit scone per serving. The people of Devon and Cornwall are rivals and do say it makes a difference. Personally I could not care what goes where as long as they are delicious. Do you like cream tea? And what way do you put your clotted cream/ jam on the scone?
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@DianneN (177364)
• United States
29 Jun
Being an American, I call them scones (rhymes with stones) and always put the jam on first, and finish with the clotted cream - only because it's less messy that was. I loved having teas in England and here in the US. I do make my own scones, too. Is it called high tea when finger sandwiches and little pastries are also served?
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
It became very popular in the past few years but boy the prices are ridiculous in London at least £50 a head more if you have Champagne but it is very refined experience and a nice way to see friends.
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@DianneN (177364)
• United States
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 We had high tea at the Ritz and Savoy. You're right! It was very costly, but worth every bit it cost.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun
@DianneN This will make you laugh this was my fish and chips at the Savoy! You can guess what it looks like!
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@Dena91 (7396)
• United States
29 Jun
Never had either but have heard of them.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
They are delicious. Not something you would eat every day though!
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@amadeo (111354)
• United States
29 Jun
cream tea does not sound too good to me.I like scone and jam.I always drink my tea black with a bit of honey.lol
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
OH Alfredo you would like a British cream tea! I rarely drink tea! I prefer coffee and strong!
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@amadeo (111354)
• United States
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 I love strong coffee.If I ever make it back there I would surely have a cuppa.lol
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
@amadeo I love espresso my favourite especially when in Italy! It is like heaven!
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• Agra, India
29 Jun
I don't like cream tea
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
They are delicious but everyone likes different things!
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• Agra, India
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 yes....this is tre.
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@Adie04 (6804)
29 Jun
If I see this picture, I just open my mouth and eat
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
Yes it looks delicious whatever way it is!
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@Adie04 (6804)
30 Jun
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@xFiacre (7666)
• Ireland
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 Oh just stick it in your mouth and stop talking about it!!!
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
HI there how are you! I agree!
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@Raelove (22683)
• Saco, Maine
29 Jun
I'm not a big fan of jam, so I'd probably just have the cream.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
I am sure you may have made them at some time because you are a great cook!
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@Raelove (22683)
• Saco, Maine
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 Thanks. Honestly, I made them just recently for the first time. They're like most other quick breads to me: I love the first ones warm out of the oven. But once they've cooled, I won't reheat one to eat it. I've lost interest by then. I'm the same way with what we call muffins and biscuits here.
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@LadyDuck (292608)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
I pronounced like in "song" and I would put the cream first, as I would do on tasted bread.I do not like tea, but I could have a hot chocolate in winter, right now I do not know, it is too hot for anything hot. Which kind of jam do you put on your scones, I think I would like strawberry, or a raspberry jelly.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
Usually it would be strawberry Jam. I rarely ever drink tea perhaps one cup every six months but then it is only Darjeeling which is very weak tea even then it is only if we go to a hotel for afternoon tea. I would have mine with coffee. Yes you pronounce Scone as it should be pronounced well in my humble opinion anyway! !
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@LadyDuck (292608)
• Switzerland
30 Jun
@garymarsh6 I think I would have scones with coffee, I could add a bit of dairy cream to my coffee. Strawberry jam is one of my favorite.
@sharon6345 (240667)
• United States
29 Jun
all of that just to eat. Nope, not me. I have heard it called scones but I never knew how to say the word.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
I am sure you would love them whatever way they came!
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@sharon6345 (240667)
• United States
29 Jun
@garymarsh6 Thank you
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@GardenGerty (123454)
• United States
29 Jun
I am a scone/stone person, bad me. I have usually seen them cut into triangle shapes. I would do the cream first, just as I do butter.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun
I love them both ways as a treat!
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@JudyEv (214556)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
We say the song scone but always put the jam first. I'd never heard of doing it the other way around. Isn't it hard to get the jam on to the cream? We make scones quite often. My favourite has cheese in it but of course I just put butter on it rather than jam and cream.
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@jaboUK (59809)
• United Kingdom
8 Jul
Jam first, cream on top - it's easier to do it that way.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
I do like cream teas!
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@jaboUK (59809)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul
@garymarsh6 Nothing like them is there? Yum.
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
11 Jul
@jaboUK Home made are best Janet!
• Midland, Michigan
22h
Dianne was taking about cream teas recently but I didn't realize the cream went in the scone and not into the tea which is what I thought. Hmmm. Personally, I've never had it either way and not sure that I would try them or not. I'm guessing the scones are not good enough without either or both toppings?
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@garymarsh6 (21819)
• United Kingdom
21h
They are delicious home made much nicer than commercial ones and simple to make!
@RasmaSandra (34272)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
30 Jun
I have never had cream tea. The since look and sound delicious. I have heard about them but never had one.
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@snowy22315 (93549)
• United States
29 Jun
I haven't had scones often enough to have a preference, and not sure I put anything on them..only maybe when I visited England several years ago.
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@thelme55 (46206)
• Germany
29 Jun
I didn´t know that there is a difference between the Devon and the Cornish scones. I love cream tea. I love them both ways.
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Jun
Last ones I ate were in Scarborough and that was ages ago now but they were pronounced both ways and being from the Midlands we pronounced it scons no messing about we love our scons we do.
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@Gillygirl (42251)
• Sutton, England
29 Jun
I use the song pronunciation and put the cream on first
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• United States
29 Jun
Even though both look good in your picture I think I would prefer the Devon and I'm sure I'd pronounce scone wrong and go with stone
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@much2say (41602)
• United States
29 Jun
My goodness - I didn't realize it was all so complex ! I say it like "stone". Doesn't that silent "e" make it like that? I'd put cream before the jam. But I've never put cream or jam on my scone! Butters before jam on toasts anyway. And I am confused about cream tea . . . is that tea with cream?? I don't put any cream or milk in my tea . . . maybe honey or lemon but mostly I drink it straight. I am ever so confused . . . but also craving a scone .
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