It's true. We here at SconeTherapy do go to great lengths for a scone, and are unapologetic. We love them. We study them. We seek them!
The SconeLady might lead this charge, but she is in good company and that company is growing. All over this globe, people are joining her in not only finding great scones, but actually baking them. And they watch this space. There is nothing about scones that they won't discuss.
There is a certain conversation that takes place among scone lovers in the South West of England - Devon and Cornwall. Both areas laud the Cream Tea and hold it high. Both have their unique approach to the serving thereof. And both are wonderful. The difference between them seems to be in the way they dress their scones. I'm not sure it makes a huge difference in the taste, but that is a hotly contested point.
Here are photos of both:
Scones from Devon
Scones from Cornwall
Do you see the difference?
I didn't get to Devon this trip, but have learned that there the cream must be spread on the scone first, then the jam on top of that. In Cornwall it is the opposite - you must spread the jam first, and then the cream. I asked friend Rosie about this, because my opinion was that it is harder to spread clotted cream on top of jam. Rosie replied that she really actually likes the taste better with clotted cream on top. She likes the messiness, too. Have you tried it both ways? I'm totally curious.
But I can see her point about the cream being on top, because it is superb; there is no getting around it.
May I add another point as well? I like clotted cream just fine. But I like whipped cream even better. And if you do use whipped cream, then placing the cream on top of the jam is easiest!
These are the finer points of scone-eating. My personal favorite afternoon delight is a warm scone with butter, jam, and whipped cream on top; add to that an egg salad sandwich with white bread and the crusts cut off; a cucumber/cream cheese sandwich with brown bread and the crusts cut off; and a chicken sandwich with white bread and the crusts cut off. THAT is my dream of a meal.
Try it. See what you think. I'll bet it will become a swift fave, hands-down.
See you along the way!
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