Scones, Skoans, Skawns


The first time the word “scone” appeared was in 1513, in a poem. Nobody knows for sure when and where exactly in the United Kingdom was born, but the truth is that this bread is typical from the region.

In Scotland and North England, scone was pronounced like skawn or skahn; in Southern England it was skoan or skown (thank you Wikipedia!), but the scone pronunciation nowadays comes from the United States of America.

And what is a scone? It’s a sweet bread. It was originally shaped in triangles, but it gained the shape of the North American biscuits.

You may find many variations of scones: whit raisins, cheese, jam, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. People appreciate very much eating this kind of bread when is still hot and freshly baked and add butter, which is, in my opinion, the best way to eat it.

Is not usual to eat scones for breakfast or in other occasion in Portugal; you even might find it difficult to find them in pastries or cafes.

But as you noticed, I really like to explore and try out recipes from the entire world. And this time, I’ve stopped in United Kingdom to have some scones.

Although, as I said, I really like them with butter, this time, I’ve made them with chunks of chocolate. And I like to eat them with coffee and milk to accompany, in the middle of the afternoon. With Fall approaching, the afternoons are becoming melancholic and the best way to fight it, is being comfortable and eat delightful food.

(Makes 10 – Faz 10)

200 g of all-purpose flour | farinha
55 g of dark chocolate in pieces | chocolate negro aos pedaços
50 g of butter in pieces | manteiga aos pedaços
1 tablespoon of sugar | colher de sopa de açúcar
120 ml of semi-skimmed milk | leite meio-gordo

Rub the pieces of butter in the flour; add the sugar and the chunks of chocolate.
Esfregue os pedaços de manteiga na farinha; adicione o açúcar e os pedaços de chocolate.

Mix gradually the milk; knead the dough until you have a soft and elastic dough.
Misture tudo com o leite, amasse a massa até obter uma massa elástica e fofa.

Place small balls of dough in a pan with baking paper; pour milk over the scones.
Coloque pequenas bolas de massa num tabuleiro com papel vegetal e deite o leite sobre os scones.

Take them to the oven (200º C) for about 15-20 minutes.
Leve ao forno (200º C) durante 15 a 20 minutos.

You can eat them still hot – with the chocolate melting, it is the best way!
Podem comê-los enquanto quentes – com o chocolate derretido!

And there you go, scones in a Portuguese house. Some people may find it scone*, but I say that those people are just somehow scone** with life!

Scone: also a slang word for insane* or angry**.


A primeira vez que a palavra “scone” apareceu foi em 1513, num poema. Ninguém sabe ao certo quando e onde no Reino Unido foi criado, mas é certo que é um pão bem típico da zona.

Na Escócia e Norte de Inglaterra, scone é pronunciado skawn ou skahn; no Sul de Inglaterra é skoan ou skown, mas a pronuncia mais usada hoje em dia é a que vem dos Estados Unidos.

E o que é um scone? È um pão doce. Era originalmente dado a forma de triângulos, mas ganhou a forma de uma bolacha Norte Americana. Podem ser encontrados vários tipos de scones: com passas, queijo, compota, chocolate, nozes, etc. As pessoas apreciam comer este tipo de pão quando ainda se encontra quente para adicionar manteiga, que na minha opinião, é a melhor maneira de se comerem.

Não é usual comer-se scones pela manhã em Portugal; daí existir uma certa dificuldade em encontrá-los nas pastelarias ou cafés.

Como já notaram, eu gosto realmente de explorar e experimentar receitas de todo o mundo. E hoje, parei no Reino Unido para comer uns scones. Embora tenha dito que os com manteiga são os meus favoritos, desta vez fiz com uns pedaços de chocolate. Gosto de acompanhá-los com café ou leite, a meio da tarde. Com o Outono a aproximar-se, as tardes tornam-se melancólicas e a melhor maneira de lutar contra isso é comer algo realmente confortável e delicioso.


Author: M.

I’m M., the baker. Mid 20’s, tourist guide by day, chocoholic and foodie by night. I love food and everything related to it. I decided to create this blog after discovering that I love being in the kitchen, get my hands dirty and create delicious meals and desserts. Once in a while and randomly I will post other things that I enjoy in life and makes me happy, but in the end, everything will lead us to food! :)

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