Scones used to be the stuff of my childhood storybooks. A lot of those books used to be by British authors and they would conjure up elaborate evening teas in the homes of gentle folk (including various Dukes and Duchesses, Earls and their Ladies, the local Squire and his wife, the Vicar in his Vicarage or perhaps the local Parish priest to mention more than a few)
Sometimes the tea time scene would be at a public tea room somewhere but they all featured little tea cakes, crumpets, thin cucumber sandwiches and scones with a pat of butter, some preserves/ jam and most definitely clotted cream! I must say that since cream was never one of my favourite things, the idea of a “clotted” cream seemed even more awful.
That aside, most of these foods were then unknown to me outside the pages of the books I used to read. They lent an almost mysteriously magical quality to the 12 or 13 year old that I was, just like those midnight feasts at boarding school and picnics with ginger beer and very exciting if somewhat highly improbable adventures that happened every school holidays!
It has been many years since I left those books behind, though I did revisit them sometime back when it was my daughter’s turn to discover those books. This time only difference was that not only could I explain to my daughter what crumpets and scones were, I could make them for her and let her decide whether she liked them or not.
My daughter likes scones very much though she and my husband prefer the sweeter ones, while I prefer the savoury ones. I have a version which I make in the microwave that’s pretty quick to put together. While those scones are quite good, these oven baked ones do not really take all that much more time to make.
I adapted these Coffeehouse Scones a bit to make mine and you can see the changes I made in the recipe that follows. My daughter loves anything butterscotch but you can always replace the butterscotch chips with chocolate chips or even leave them out all together if you prefer.
These scones are sweeter than the average scone and sprinkling a bit of sugar on top of the dough before baking produces a slightly crunchy top layer to the scones.
The way I understand it, Coffeehouse Scones seem to be more of an American version of the English scone and are typically sweeter with glazing or sugar on top and triangular in shape. Looks like they get their name from the fact that they are indeed sold in coffeehouses!