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A few nights ago as I was trying to fall asleep, I was overcome with this craving to make scones. Regular readers of this website know how driven I am by my cravings, and these late-night cravings are the worst: incessant little drumbeats in my head and a chant that can only be described as “Bake! Bake! Bake!” Then my stomach starts to growl, and it becomes, in a word, mad. Obviously, I didn’t get much sleep that night.
Scones are related to pancakes, soda bread, and biscuits. They’re fairly small, plain cakes made with butter, flour, and sugar, and leavened with baking powder. Eggs and milk are added to make a firmer dough. Scones can be sweet ”“ such as with chocolate — or savory — with shredded cheese and herbs. Served at high tea with jam and clotted cream, it’s a most romantic pairing. In Manila, I’ve tried the scones at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and at Bizu, but neither are as good as homemade.
Most scones I’ve seen are round, but I like to make mine in great big “who’s your momma!” wedges. These are chocolate chip oatmeal scones made with cream. They baked up and tasted like chocolate chip cookies in bread form (if you can imagine that).
One last thing. Depending on where you are in the world, the word ”˜scone’ is pronounced differently. Originally a Scottish word, people there yonder and in England pronounce it as “skawn”, while elsewhere, it’s pronounced ”˜skoan.’ I say shut up and have a scone (skoan).