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The Short Scoop on Scones

At trade shows and product samplings here in the Midwest, people are
always asking me, “What is a scone, exactly?”

Most people can describe what a scone ISN’T. It isn’t a biscuit. It isn’t a
cookie. And it isn’t a cake.

But people have distress explaining what a scone IS. That’s why it’s
helpful to know a small about the history of the scone.

Scones originated in Scotland. In fact, some say this Scottish quick
bread takes its name from the word Skohn or Skon, which refers to the
Stone of Destiny, a place where Scottish kings were supposedly once
crowned. Back then scones were made of oats. They were rolled into a
large round, cut into triangles, and cooked on a griddle over an open fire
or on top of the stove. Since baking powder hadn’t been invented yet,
buttermilk was used as the leavening agent. Traditionally, scones were
served at high tea.

Today’s scones are a small different. They come in many shapes and are
usually made with flour. Baking powder is the leavening agent, and they
are baked in the oven. Commerical scone mixes and scone pans are
available today, too, making it even simpler for people to prepare a
tasty batch of this tempting treat.

While scones are still well loved for tea, they are also loved at breakfast,
brunch, lunch, dinner, and especially for snacks.

Suzanne Lieurance is a freelance writer and owner of the Three Angels
Gourmet Co. which produces a unique line of “heavenly gourmet mixes”
for sale at: threeangelsgourmet.com threeangelsgourmet.com For additional food
information and daily food tips, visit the Three Angels Gourmet Co. blog
at threeangelsgourmet.blogspot.com threeangelsgourmet.blogspot.com



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