10 Interesting Scone Flavors to Try at Afternoon Tea
There are few equals to the humble British scone. As they’re so simple to make, I often whip up a batch to serve to overnight guests as a fresh breakfast option. They are often served with the morning and afternoon coffee or tea and used as a staple in most homes. Scones are not just a Brits thing. They are found in many parts around the world as well. No wonder, there is a plethora of scone flavors one can choose from.
As a sampler and food explorer that I am, I have tried tons of recipes from around the world and made up some of my own to come up with this list of quirky scone flavors. Before I mention these scone flavors, here is what to consider to make the perfect scones all the time in your kitchen.
What to consider when making scones
To get the best quality scones, you should know how to select your ingredients and prepare them.
- Use good quality ingredients
- Cold butter will help raise the scones higher
- Use a well-drained fruit but don’t defrost a frozen fruit
- Reduce the amount of sugar if you are using other sweeteners like chocolate and fruit
- Reduce the amount of butter mild if you are using mashed bananas, canned pumpkin, and the rest
- If you are using fruits for your scone flavors, choose fruits that are in season to get fresh ones and the best quality
- Use unsalted butter if you have self-rising flour
- Don’t use a food processor for mixing the dough. Too much mixing results into a tough scone
- Add a little buttermilk ina crumbling dough
- Add more flour if your dough is sticky
Here are some scone flavors you should try:
Plain scones allow the spread you use to shine. Whether you apply jam, cream, marmalades, honey, cheese, or lemon curd, this scone flavor will be as delicious as what you use to spice it. You can get as creative as you wish as long as you like how it looks and tastes. Make it fluffy to accommodate more of your favorite spread to take alongside coffee or tea. Plain scones can also be eaten with other foods at any time of the day.
These scones make use of ginger in the form of crystals and candied orange cover. They are easy to make and the taste is undoubtedly appetizing. You can cheaply prepare them when oranges are in season and get fresh orange peels. Serve them warm on a cold evening for the perfect teatime.
Raisin has curved its value in the scones industry for a long time. You can make them using dried grape, buttermilk, plus some additions of nutmeg to make a classic tasting scone. Your afternoon tea has no better companion.
Sun-dried tomato scone
This scone is a combination blend of tomato relish, goat’s cheese and a slight touch of chili. If you like sweet potato scones, then you’ll love sun-dried tomato scone because it’s better! And the bite is unique because it’s gluten-free.
This would be an incomplete list without mentioning chocolate scones. Scones from chocolate are mostly vegan and if you don’t like milk or are dairy-intolerant, they are a great choice. Eating them alongside tea or coffee will make your mornings brighter.
Scone flavors do not always need to be sweet. I have tried a variety of savory ingredients and the results are mouthwatering. Savory scones often come from cheese, mashed potatoes, onions, tatties, among others. In some instances, butter and buttermilk find its way in some savory scone recipes. These scones don’t just go well with tea and coffee for a yummy savory breakfast option, but also with other meals.
If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend you try yogurt. You’ll love it. You can make these by using Greek yogurt, natural yogurt, or sour cream. The end cake will be fluffy and very innovative. It is also possible to flavor it with dried fruits like cherries, dates, or berries to get a different twist of the original. Serve your yogurt cake with black tea.
Lemon strawberry scones
Those looking for a satisfying dessert or scones to eat each morning without growing tired of, then lemon strawberry scones is where you should begin. It is tangy, sweet, and the inside moist. The berries need to be well dried to produce a tasty result. Serve them anytime you are having tea or coffee to enjoy every bit of it.
Caravan sweet scone
Meet the scone you can take any time of the day and feel full. You can prepare, pack these, and go backpacking without fear of getting hungry while there. It integrates ingredients like currants, butter, among others. Whenever I make this scone flavor, I use my homemade lemon curd to flavor it further. I have tried it with coffee as well as tea and it’s delicious.
Dietary requirement scones
Some people would love to eat scones but can’t due to dietary requirements. Fortunately, there are scone recipes that can meet special dietary needs. If you are watching your diet, have celiac disease, you are a vegan, or intolerant to lactose, you can choose among many scone flavors including coconut scone, low-calorie, low fat, blueberry scones, pumpkin scones, cranberry lemon scones, berry scones, among other scone flavors. Most of these options can be served with black tea or even coffee.
What should you serve flavored scones with?
Most people take scones with tea or coffee – that’s how afternoon tea is traditionally served. However, you should not box yourself in because that are many ways you can serve your scone. You can spice it up with your favorite fruit. Also, savory scones can be eaten during the main course like lunch or dinner. Some people can eat their scone with stew or just eat it alongside other foods. Whatever you serve with your scones, ensure you serve them while warm to enjoy.
If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, take a look at my roundup of 20 Delicious Scone Toppings.