We may not be sure exactly where the humble scone was invented, but one thing's for sure – it's mighty popular.
Served alongside jam and clotted cream (on a tiered cake stand), the scone is an afternoon tea classic. But tweak that recipe ever so slightly and you'll arrive at something totally different. How about crumbly buttermilk scones, salty, savoury cheese scones, or juicy fruit-filled scones?
We've rounded up five of our favourite recipes to make your decision that bit easier. 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 seasonal – chunks of strawberry, raspberries or blackberries. Even blackcurrants! Delicious.
for lunch: Scones with smoked salmon and soft cheese
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.