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Burning Question: Difference Between Biscuits and Scones?


September is National Biscuit Month, and I plan on partaking in more than a few of the fluffy, buttery baked goods over the next few weeks. But as I debated how to begin my month o' biscuits, I found myself asking another question: what's the difference between biscuits and their British counterparts, scones? I definitely consider them different foods, but once I considered the ingredient lists, I couldn't quite put my finger on why. If you're curious as well,

One of the biggest differences between the two quick breads is when and how we eat them: biscuits tend to be eaten alongside a savory lunch or dinner, while scones are usually enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or with tea. Originating in Scotland, scones are typically sweet, although I love a good savory scone, too. They have a rich, tender texture — achieved by cutting in massive amounts of very cold butter — and often contain bits of fruit and/or nuts. Biscuits, a staple of Southern cuisine, are flakier and sometimes include savory mix-ins like cheese and green onion.

Both biscuits and scones start with a base of flour, baking soda, and some type of fat (usually butter or buttermilk), but biscuits are often quicker and easier to prepare, while scones tend to be more labor-intensive. I think I'll have to make a batch or two of each this month and check out the differences for myself!

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prencesschris prencesschris 4 years 1 week
They use basically the same procedure to arrive at two different kinds of baked goods, one uses self-rising flour & the other doesnt (i think).
Advah Advah 4 years 1 week
Most scones here are sweet (I live in Scotland) but at my work they make the best cheese scones I've ever had - the place is famous for that! They also add some mustard in the dough, it's delicious. Stupidly enough I got their recipe but never took the time to do it at home..
Spectra Spectra 4 years 1 week
I've always thought of scones as being sweet and biscuits as being a bit more savory.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 4 years 1 week
Well I can make killer scones of every persuasion, but my biscuits could kill a man. (in many ways AKA gut bomb or a blow to the head). Thank goodness for hubby, he's a master at eating and making most breads! Oh and scones are cuter :)
amber512 amber512 4 years 1 week
All I know is that I don't like either. I like soft, super chewy breads.