Eating a scone properly is a delightful ritual that adds elegance to tea time. By selecting a high-quality scone, applying spreads in the desired order, eating with your hands, and savoring each bite, you can fully enjoy the flavors and textures that make scones so beloved. Remember to pair your scone with a delicious cup of tea and take your time, indulging in the experience. So, next time you have the pleasure of enjoying a scone, embrace the etiquette and make it a truly delightful affair.
The Basics of Eating a Scone Properly
- fScoop out clotted cream and jams onto your plate, enough for one scone.
- Break apart a small bite-sized portion of scone with your hands or if using a knife, cut the scone horizontally.
- Use a knife to slather on cream and jam onto the broken-off piece of scone.
- The bite-sized piece of scone should be eaten in 1-2 bites.
The controversial Cornish & Devonshire Cream Tea
Cream tea has been served in the UK since the eleventh century and contentions encompassing the request of spreading the scone’s conventional toppings have ruminated from that point forward.
While those in Devon normally spread the cream on first followed by jam, the Cornish custom is to spread jam initially followed by cream.
For Devonshire cream teas:
- Cream is like the butter, you wouldn’t put butter on jam.
- It originates from when jam was expensive so you’d just have a bit to put on top.
- You can get more cream on if you load it first!
- It stops you getting cream on your nose. (jam on cream lays flatter???).
- If you’re sharing a cream tea with a Cornishman (although unlikely!) you get first dibs on the cream.
For Cornish cream teas:
- It’s easier to spread.
- You can taste the cream better on top!
- You wouldn’t put cream on the bottom of a fruit salad.
How do you eat yours?
It’s all a matter of preference and what you are used to – the choice is yours.. But more importantly, they’re a simple treat that is comforting in its familiarity. ~Aimee