Scones and Scone Pans
Scones, Scone Recipes, and Scone Pans!
We recently started selling scone pans (and some scone mixes).
. This got us curious about creative ways that people tweak their scone recipes. That led us to the wonderful Farmersgirl Kitchen
site, which features several interesting alterations to the classic scone. Farmersgirl Kitchen is run by Janice Pattie, who lives on a farm in the southwest of Scotland. Farmersgirl Kitchen offers some inspiring ways to augment your humble scones. As Pattie points out, most Scottish tea rooms will feature a variety of scones for teatime, some plain, some with fruit, some with cheese perhaps, but it's not as common to find Treacle Scones, a recipe for which is featured on the site.
In addition to the recipe, Pattie serves up interesting history about the growth in popularity of the scone and how it became a part of the Cream Tea tradition, as well as how the expansion of the railways and travel brought about the spread of regional culinary customs and preferences. If you have questions about treacle and whether there are suitable substitutions available at your local grocery store, Farmersgirl Kitchen gets into those topics, too. If you're interested in the savory side of things, there's a recipe for Bacon Cheddar Scones
And if you're not strictly scone-centric, Farmersgirl Kitchen
has recipes featuring variations on classics like Black Bun, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Vegetarian Haggis Scotch Eggs.
Maybe your idea of iconic Scottish flavors veers toward the bright, orange fizz of IRN-BRU. If so, you're in luck. We found another dynamic Scottish cooking site that showcases an enticing IRN-BRU glaze
, for chicken or other meats. The couple behind Scottish Scran
fell in love with Scotland and eventually married and settled there. They bring a fresh zeal to their hunt for new interpretations of Scottish cooking. You'll find recipes for Black Bun, Morning Rolls, Tattie Scones, Scotch Pies, and Ecclefechan Tarts on their site, in addition to cocktail ideas, interviews and more. I'm sure someone has made an IRN BRU scone, but I've not come across the recipe yet. But, back to the subject of scones, Scottish Scran features a yummy-sounding recipe for Marmite and Cheese Scones.
(We've got the Marmite for you, by the way.)
Some of us are looking for more than just a recipe and a photo that makes our stomachs growl. Scotland Magazine has some in-depth stories about particular regional Scottish food items complete with recollections and rich detail. Here's
a wonderful essay by John Hannavy in which the writer remembers the treacle scones
he had has a boy. (There's a recipe and a tasty photo, too!)