Why are American scones triangular?

This is a really good question. On the one hand an argument can be made that they’re that way because the triangle is the original, most authentic shape for a scone. That’s true, since the original Scottish scones were fairly large, flat cakes, cooked on griddle, then sliced into sections like a pizza. Yet there’s something disingenuous about claiming the mantle of authenticity when you make scones that look like this.

Me, I think it’s all about marketing. If American scones were small and round instead of giant and triangular, people would just say “Hey! That’s a really lousy biscuit!” And that would be that. As it is, people make allowances for their density and pressboard dryness because they assume they’re supposed to be that way.

2 thoughts on “Why are American scones triangular?”

  1. Yes I had high tea scones at the Savoy the Dorchester Fortum Mason and Harvey Nichols and more .. none of these places served triangle Scones !

    1. Glad to hear nothing has changed, Fay! Personally I prefer a small round scone. Much easier to spread Devon cream onto it!

      Thanks!

      – Joe

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