Drop Scones Come to Central Maine

Oh, the things I have learned from the wide world of blogging. For example, before I started following Tootlepedal’s excellent blog, I had never heard of drop scones. Tootlepedal lives in Scotland, and he writes about everyday life—music and biking (hence the name Tootlepedal), family, nature, cooking, and friends. In short, all the things I love.

Tootlepedal has given the nickname Dropscone to one of his friends, and at first I thought it was simply a play on words because this particular friend often dropped by with scones. Imagine my surprise when Tootlepedal recently wrote that Dropscone stopped by with drop scones.

“What?” I said to myself. “Drop scones are an actual thing?’

It seems that they are. When I looked up drop scones on the Internet, I discovered that they were what we Americans would call small pancakes.

“Oh, cool!” I said, continuing the conversation with myself. I am a huge fan of pancakes, and I am lucky enough to have a husband who makes delicious pancakes.

Recently, Tootlepedal actually posted a picture of some drop scones delivered by none other than Dropscone. And those drop scones sure did look like pancakes, little but thick.

Filled with a longing for pancakes or drop scones or whatever you want to call them, I said to Clif, “How about if you make some drop scones on Sunday?” (Our friends Joel and Alice were coming over for tea and coffee and conversation.)

“Sure,” Clif said, who’s always ready for a food challenge.

Before Sunday, Clif read a bit about drop scones and decided that unlike his usual pancakes, his drop scones should have some sugar. Following Tootlepedal’s suggestion, Clif also decided that he would use a spoon rather than a ladle to drop the batter into the frying pan.

And so he did.

Here are the cooking drop scones.

Clif made a big plate of them, but they didn’t turn out exactly as he had hoped—he wanted the drop scones to be thicker. Nevertheless, Clif’s drop scones were good enough, and by the time we were done, there were only two drop scones left on the big plate. We certainly tucked to, as we would say in Maine. Because they were officially drop scones, we served them with butter and jam rather than maple syrup.

There is a lesson here. Sometime good enough is just fine.


40 thoughts on “Drop Scones Come to Central Maine”

  1. I make drop scones sometimes… mine are slightly firmer than American pancakes, making it easier to spread butter on them. Probably the main difference is that I use buttermilk or yoghurt in American pancakes, but milk in drop scones, and I also use oil in my pancake mix but not in my drop scones. I put a bit of sugar in both. There are probably about a million recipes for both!
    Anyway, as long as you enjoyed them, then they were a success.

  2. You and Tootlepeddle peaked my curiosity so I looked up drop scones online. The ones that interested me looked more like the drop biscuits I’ve made from my Betty Crocker cookbook.

  3. I love drop scones – haven’t made them for years and am now inspired. One of our family friends when I was growing up in Edinburgh made the most fantastic ones. Such a taste of childhood!

  4. It is good to see drop scones spreading throughout the civilised world. I hope that Clif goes on to perfect his scone technique, though these first efforts look pretty good.

  5. I like today’s lesson and shall try to apply it to some of my sewing/knitting/crochet projects instead of stressing about something that, usually, only i will notice.

  6. From an Aussie point of view a drop scone looks like a pikelet….a small pancake. I think they are delicious whatever they are called!

  7. So, was the only issue that they were thinner than expected? Did they taste good? Will Clif make them again with adaptations? Inquiring minds want to know!

  8. When we visit Rhode Island, where my wife’s family resides, I always make a trip to a local diner for Johnnycakes, a pancake made from white corn flower.

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