Scones cause quite some controversy.
By Gary Marsh
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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• United States
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?
• Saco, Maine
@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.
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.
• United Kingdom
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! !
• Bunbury, Australia
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.
• Midland, Michigan
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?
• United States
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 .