We may not be sure exactly where the humble scone was invented, but one thing's for sure – it's mighty popular.
Using the basic ingredients of butter, flour and milk, the scone is a simple and easy bake to pass the time at home. Served alongside jam and clotted cream (on a tiered cake stand), this afternoon classic oozes elegance. But tweak that recipe ever so slightly and you'll arrive at something totally different.
Here are five ideas on how to add a tasty twist on tradition that will work with what you have in the fridge or freezer. Now, mixing bowls at the ready..
The classic: Scones and clotted cream
You knew we had to include this hot-seller in the line up. The recipe is simple – flour, butter, milk and sugar. Mix to a soft dough before rolling, cutting and baking. Then for the really delicious part – topping each half scone with as much clotted cream and jam as you can handle.
Check out our tips for making the perfect scone, here.
A savoury twist: potato scones
A little trivia for you: in their original form, scones were made to be plate-sized and flat, before being cut into slices – much like this one. Our recipe mixes potato with flour, and is delicious served with hot bacon and poached eggs, Scottish (or Irish) style.
Extra special: Blueberry scones
Made with fresh blueberries, these scones are perfection when served with zingy lemon curd and a dollop of creamy mascarpone. Don't have blueberries? Throw in whatever's on offer – chunks of strawberry, raspberries or blackberries. Even blackcurrants! Delicious.
for lunch: cheesy Scones with smoked salmon
Another savoury scone recipe, this mixture has been flavoured with mature Cheddar, chopped chives and a pinch of mustard powder. Serve these beauties warm, with a generous spread of cream cheese and thinly sliced smoked salmon.
low-calorie: Cinnamon apple scones
These tasty cinnamon apple scones have been given a low cal twist – they're made using yogurt instead of butter. Topped with a sweet, vanilla-flavoured glaze, serve simply with extra thick yogurt, and juicy fresh blackberries.