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When is a Biscuit or a Scone NOT a Biscuit or a Scone???

Updated on November 7, 2012

Now THIS is a scone.

My husband and I recently had a wonderful visit from a couple of friends who lived in McPherson, Kansas .......

We had thought and felt each time we´d met that we´d known eachother forever. In reality, we had only known eachother a couple of years , having bumped into them in Germany while we were all travelling.

It was exciting having them to visit us , when we were still living in Tenerife, (you´ll remember , before I was dragged kicking and screaming, scraping me off the runway, to live in England. .)

One day the conversation turned to baking, and suddenly it was as though we all spoke a different language, or at least my husband and I spoke a different language from our American friends.

l won´t go too deeply into the hilarity that followed my husband asking if they wanted cream cheese spread on their Tuc. !!!!!! As he pulled a packet of cheese biscuits out of the cupboard, , and our friends told us that to them Tuc was something to do with feminine hygene.

Scones and jam and cream? Anyone?.

´´Tt´s not a scone. That´s a biscuit´´ says my friend from the U.S.

Well what´s this, then?´´ I asked holding up some biscuits.??

They´re cookies.

OK I can go with that, but you can´t tell me that a scone is a biscuit. Makes no sense.

Here is a recipe for an English scone, if you want to call it a biscuit when you are back in Kansas go ahead,.

(We do really get along so, so well, but the amount of words that meant different things to us was a laughing point every day.

scones with jam and fresh cream .Yummy.  Oh!  for ´jam´ read ´jelly
scones with jam and fresh cream .Yummy. Oh! for ´jam´ read ´jelly

Énglish Fruit Scones




1 lb of self raising flour

a small pinch of salt

3 oz of butter or margerine

2 oz sugar

roughly half a pint of milk.

4 oz of dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, whatever you prefer)

milk for glazing.




Cut up the butter and work it into the flour (by hand or machine)

When it resembles fine breadcrumbs , add the sugar and dried fruit.

Gradually add the milk, mixing as you go, until it becomes a manageable dough.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth.

Roll out your dough to about half inch thick

Cut out scones with a pastry cutter the size you prefer . A 2 inch cutter makes quite large scones.

Place them on a baking tray and brush with milk to glaze.

They need only about 10 minutes cooking near the top of a pre heated oven.

gas mark 8 or 450 f

Cool on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Split them in half and spread one half with jam/jelly add cream if liked.

Then call it whatever you want , but eat and enjoy.


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hey KoffeeKlatch Gals,

    So glad you like scones and actually CALL them scones.

    The episode with our friends from Kansas was hilarious at the time and I feel pretty sure we´ll have some more ´language laughs´, if /when we see them next year.

    Thanks very much for commenting.

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    Susan Hazelton 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love scones. You story was great and your recipe a must try.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    That sums it up .!!!!

    Good fun, though.

    Thanks for commenting.

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    Jools Hogg 

    6 years ago from North-East UK

    Yes, I had a similar conversation when I visited the states to see a pen-pal in 1985 - 2 great nations separated by a single language. Enjoyed your hub, voted up.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Oh Dearest Epi man,

    You flatter me. Thank you for the wonderful comment and if you do make the scones I hope they turn out to be delicious.

    N.W. England. 2.15. p.m. (Monday)

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    6 years ago

    ....well you must be the most beautiful woman in the world for putting together this hub (but then again I already knew about the beautiful woman part - lol) and that scone at the top looks absolutely mouth watering - especially when they come out of the oven fresh and warm - I will try this recipe dear friend and let you know how it goes but in the meantime let's invite the rest of my friends at Facebook with a posting on my home page there and a direct link back here and invite them over for scones and tea - it doesen't get any better than this - lake erie time ontario canada 10:17pm

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    bannock???? Oh no!!! Not more?????

    Good to see you here RedElf.

    Thank you for the comment.

  • RedElf profile image


    6 years ago from Canada

    Not to add even more confusion, but my daughter-in-law's people call them bannock (as do some Scots, I'm told).

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Feline Prophet.,

    I ´ve noticed in India that people who speak English, speak beautiful, correct, English. It´s a joy to hear. In England , now we have so much ´´slang´´ that has become acceptable.

    Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    Feline Prophet 

    6 years ago

    In India we grew up on 'English English' so it took me a while to realise that when Americans said 'biscuit' they meant something entirely different! :)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you, prasetio30

    So happy you enjoyed my hub

  • prasetio30 profile image


    6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love your recipes. It sound delicious. You also has great story. Well done, rated up and Yummy....

    Love and peace, Prasetio

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Jenubouka.

    It IS funny, the pancake thing too. ´That´s not a pancake!!!!´ Oh here we go again.

    Great fun though.

    Take care.

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    6 years ago

    Oh how this holds true! Wonderful story and awesome recipe. I absolutely love scones, er biscuits or huh? I look forward to trying this recipe.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you, Blossom.

    Nice to know I´m not alone in these funny situations.

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Loved it. I've been in the same embarrassing situation myself - on going from Australia to visit relatives in England and Cornwall. Voted up and funny.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Marcy for being so quick to comment. (Oh! The Tuc, yes, can you imagine?. We had NO idea)

    Hope you get a chance to try the recipe sometime.

  • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    6 years ago from Planet Earth

    Cute story, and the recipe looks tasty! I love the Tucs humor! Voted up and useful as well as funny.


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