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Sweet and Savory Scones

Sweet and Savory Scone

Alright, let’s dive into a topic that’s a game-changer in the world of food—scones. Now, I’m not talking about your grandma’s scones that are so sweet they could make your teeth sing. I’m talking about the real MVPs of the scone world: the sweet and savory scones. These bad boys are versatile enough to slide into your meal plan at any time of the day, making them the ultimate food flex.

The Art of Scone-Making: Sweet vs. Savory

First off, let’s break down the basics. Scones have this rep for being a tea-time treat, loaded with fruits or dripping with sugary glazes. And don’t get me wrong, those are solid choices. But let’s not pigeonhole these baked wonders. Savory scones are where it’s at if you’re after something that can hold its own against your hunger any time of the day.

Imagine biting into a scone that’s got the boldness of cheese, the kick of herbs, or even the smokiness of bacon woven into its layers. Sounds good, right? That’s the savory scone for you—perfect for those mornings when a sweet breakfast just isn’t going to cut it, or for those evenings when you’re craving something hearty but not too heavy.

Why Scones Are the Ultimate Meal Flex

Here’s the thing: scones are ridiculously easy to customize. You’ve got a sweet tooth? Toss in some chocolate chips, a handful of berries, or a swirl of cinnamon. More of a savory guy? Cheese, chives, and even diced jalapeños can turn a simple scone into a flavor explosion.

But it’s not just about what you put in them. It’s about when you eat them, too. Sweet scones can be a dessert, a snack, or a breakfast treat. Savory scones? They’re your breakfast on the go, your side dish at dinner, or that snack you didn’t know you needed until right now.

Getting Started with Scones

If you’re new to scone-making, here’s a pro tip: keep it simple. Start with a basic recipe and then experiment by adding your favorite flavors. And don’t stress about making them look perfect. Rustic is part of the charm with scones. They’re supposed to look like you just whipped them up without breaking a sweat.

Scones: Not Just for High Tea

So, there you have it. Scones are not just a fancy British tea-time snack. They’re a powerhouse of flavors waiting to be explored. Sweet or savory, breakfast or dinner, snack or side dish—they can do it all. And if you haven’t given savory scones a chance yet, you’re missing out. Trust me, give them a try, and you might just find your new favorite mealtime wildcard.

Ready to dive in and bake up a batch of your own? Grab your apron, and let’s get to it.

Here’s a high-level overview of what you’ll need and the steps to take. Remember, the beauty of scones lies in their simplicity and versatility, so feel free to tweak this base recipe to suit your tastes!

Basic Simple Scone Recipe Overview


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar (adjust based on sweet or savory preference)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • Optional: 1/2 cup mix-ins (chocolate chips, dried fruit, cheese, herbs, etc.)


  • Prep: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar (if making sweet scones), baking powder, and salt.
  • Butter: Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry mix. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Wet Ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and egg. Pour this into your dry ingredients, adding your choice of mix-ins if desired.
  • Form Dough: Gently mix everything until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a round disc, about 1 inch thick.
  • Cut: Use a knife or a dough cutter to divide the dough into 8 equal wedges.
  • Bake: Place the wedges on your prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a bit of heavy cream for a golden finish. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool & Serve: Let the scones cool a bit before serving. They’re best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container.

This base recipe is your canvas for creating a multitude of flavors. For savory scones, you might reduce or omit the sugar and add in cheese, bacon bits, and a dash of your favorite herbs. For sweet versions, consider adding lemon zest and blueberries, or maybe some cinnamon and chopped apples.

Remember, scones are as much about the process as they are about the final product. Enjoy the act of making them, and don’t worry if they’re not perfect. They’re meant to be a bit rustic and a whole lot delicious.

For a more detailed recipe and additional tips on making the perfect scones, you might want to check out resources like King Arthur Baking or The Kitchen, which offer comprehensive guides and variations on scone recipes.

Aaron Hale
US Army SSG EOD (Ret) Founder of
Extra Ordinary Delights

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