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The Great Scone Debate: Cream or Jam First? Discover the Age-Old Tradition and Indulge in Fresh Scones at The Great British Shop - The Great British Shop

The Great Scone Debate: Cream or Jam First? Discover the Age-Old Tradition and Indulge in Fresh Scones at The Great British Shop

One of the most delightful and quintessential British treats is the humble scone, often enjoyed with a dollop of clotted cream and a generous spoonful of jam. But when it comes to indulging in this delicious combination, the age-old debate arises: which goes on first, the cream or the jam? In this article, we'll delve into the history of the great scone debate, explore the differences between Devon and Cornwall's approach to scone toppings, and introduce you to the irresistible range of scones and accompaniments available at The Great British Shop.


The History of the Great Scone Debate: The scone, a buttery and flaky baked good, has been a beloved part of British teatime since the 16th century. As scones became increasingly popular, two distinct schools of thought emerged concerning the proper way to top them. Some insisted that the clotted cream should be applied first, followed by the jam, while others maintained that the jam must come first, with the cream added on top.

Devon vs Cornwall: Two Sides of the Scone Argument: The great scone debate primarily centres around two picturesque regions in southwestern England: Devon and Cornwall. While both areas have their unique take on the proper way to enjoy a scone, they are united in their love for this delicious teatime treat.
Tamar Bridge
(Tamar Bridge, connecting Devon and Cornwall)

In Devon, the traditional method involves splitting the scone in half, spreading a generous layer of clotted cream on each half, and then topping the cream with jam. This method is often referred to as the "Devonshire" or "Devon" method.

Meanwhile, in Cornwall, scone enthusiasts opt for the opposite approach. They begin by spreading jam on each half of the scone, and then dolloping clotted cream on top. This method is commonly known as the "Cornish" method.

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Savour Fresh Scones and Delicious Toppings at The Great British Shop: Regardless of which side of the great scone debate you find yourself on, you'll be delighted to know that The Great British Shop offers fresh, daily-baked scones, ready for you to enjoy with your preferred toppings.

The Great British Shop is your go-to destination for all your scone-related needs. Our extensive range of jams includes classic favourites from Hartley's, as well as sugar-free options from Stute, ensuring that there is something for everyone. And what would a scone be without the luxurious taste of clotted or double Devon cream? At The Great British Shop, we have you covered with our selection of rich and velvety creams, perfect for completing your scone experience.

While the great scone debate may never be resolved, one thing is certain: scones are a delicious and cherished part of British culture. Whether you prefer the Devon or Cornwall method, you can find everything you need to enjoy this classic British treat at The Great British Shop. So why wait? Indulge in a scrumptious scone today and join the conversation!

Let us know what way you prefer.... and why jam first is the correct way! (;

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