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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

How Do You Pronounce Scone?

I have always pronounced 'scone' as in 'stone' and thought that was the only official pronunciation for it. However, during the years I spent in England, I've come across a good number of people who would pronounce it as in 'gone'. Apparently in Scotland and the northern part of England, it is pronounced to rhyme with 'gone' while in the south of England, the 'stone' pronounciation can more often be observed.

Well, scones originated from both Scotland and South West England where at that time, it was made with oats and baked on a griddle with no leavening agents added.

So, how do you pronounce scone?
- to rhyme with 'gone', or
- to rhyme with 'stone'

I got inspired to write a little poem:

Pitter-patter on the window,
Raindrops calling for a dough
Flour on the counter
Half an hour later
Golden scones, pipping hot
Share them, I think not!
Brew a cup of tea,
And all grim cease to be
An enchantment of fragrance
Like a new-found romance
With strawberry jam and cream
This must be a dream!

I have tried many scones recipes and adapted the non-vegan ones too. But my favourite remains this plain scone recipe which I have made many times. This is a light and fluffy version which you can enjoy with your favourite spread or topping.

Ingredients (approximately 8 scones)
300g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
75ml vegetable oil
100ml oatmilk (coconut milk also works well)

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together.
  • Add vegetable oil. Work the mixture in between the fingers until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the oatmilk and work the mixture to make a dough.
  • The dough should not be sticky.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1-inch (2.5cm) thickness.
  • Cut out circles using a cookie cutter (2.5 - 3 inch diameter).
  • Place on a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.

Serve with jam and margarine.

Nutrition value per portion (1 scone) served plain (without jam / margarine).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size:
1 scone (60.4 g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value *
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

*Nutrition values are an approximation based on ingredients that I have used in this recipe. It will vary with the ingredients (different brands) and portion size.


  1. One vote for scone as in gone from me (South England) - and served with raspberry jam, or cooked with glace cherries in!

  2. Love the poem! :)

    The scones look amazing!!

    Even I have always pronounced it like "stone". Interesting to hear the other version. But that would almost make it sound like "scorn" and who could scorn scones? :oP

  3. Lovely post and pics...Oooooh I haven't made scones in a fortnight.
    Actually I have pronounced scones as in gone and stone.
    My mom was born in Scotland and always pronounced scone as in gone, but then I kept hearing the Americanized version everywhere I went and joined the masses' pronunciation. Must try these!!

  4. i just used this recipe for a party and EVERYONE, vegan and omnivore alike raved about it! Thanks sOoOoO much <3

    1. Great to hear! :) It's so nice to get feedback for recipes posted here! Thank you!

  5. Scone/stone is a northern English pronunciation. In the South of England we say scone/gone and I have even heard some scots say scoon! Both are correct so it is a debate with no true 'answer' that rumbles on just like how to pronounce 'bath', 'grass' and 'laugh' (long 'a' in the south like hearth or short a in the north like math).

  6. I'm a Londoner and it's always been scone to rhyme with gone. Mind you, my mum is from Warwickshire and I learnt the pronunciation from her.

    My posh Food Tech teacher used to rhyme it with stone.

    This reminds me: it's been ages since I made scones. Recipe bookmarked!!

    1. Ah, it's been ages since I made scones too! That's on my list for this weekend then! Enjoy. :)


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