What To Serve With Scones For Breakfast? [7 Toppings & Side Dishes]

Scones seem to be popping up on menus and grocery store shelves everywhere. My local store is selling no less than five different brands, two of which are gluten-free.

The pastry counter at my coffee shop is offering both vanilla and blueberry scones. And in social media, Instagram has over 1.7 million posts of homemade scones.

No longer just reserved for royalty’s tea parties, scones are now an everyday American affair, gracing breakfast tables everywhere. But after you’ve whipped up a batch for breakfast, what should you serve with these tasty treats?

The ideal toppings to serve with scones for breakfast or brunch are jams,honey, chocolate syrup and creams. As far as side dishes are concerned, Smoked meats like Nova salmon, sausage and bacon pair nicely with breakfast scones.

Vegans and Vegetarians would enjoy a bowl of fresh berries or roasted tomatoes and mushrooms. And for a little extra protein, eggs are an excellent breakfast choice to serve with scones.  

Scones are one of my favorite things to bake for breakfast because they can either be sweet or savory. Using the same baking method and different ingredients, I can have either variety, and the combinations are endless.

Sweet scones are most commonly made with lemon, poppy seeds, blueberries, or dried fruit. Sometimes I’ll even add a light crust of sugar, frosting or chocolate.

Savory scones made just like their sweet cousins usually have herbs, bacon, and cheese. Occasionally I’ll add a little extra kick, like jalapeños, cayenne, or crushed red peppers. 

Toppings For Scones

But as everyone knows, the only thing better than freshly baked scones are freshly baked scones with toppings.

1.Jams, Curd And Honey 

Though I’ve never had tea with the Queen, I have had traditional British scones in London.  Served with a variety of jams, any quality brand will do.  Be sure to add a generous amount.   Scones are a festive affair, and no time to hold back.

For a truly decadent experience and my personal favorite, try lemon curd. Don’t be put off by the name. It’s a sweet lemon spread made of sugar, water, eggs, butter and cream, just like the center of a lemon meringue pie.  Imagine waking up to this for breakfast?

If you are like my family, you might prefer honey to jam, which is also a great choice.  Raw honey comes in many different flavors, and the different tastes will be quite noticeable atop a scone. Try some more exotic flavors like lavender or orange blossom honey.What to Serve with Scones for Breakfast

2.Clotted Cream Or Whipped Cream

More is not always better; unless it’s toppings for scones, and I find it’s just not possible to gild this lily.  Serve breakfast scones like the British and include clotted cream along with the jam. Much like American whipped cream, clotted cream is thick and buttery.

It is the traditional British choice and is usually available at speciality grocers.  A generous dollop of either is a great way to start the day.  

There are regional preferences in the UK as to whether the jam or the clotted cream should go first.  But from an American perspective, it’s your choice.  Just remember, scones are best when the jam and cream are eaten together.

If your local store doesn’t import clotted cream,  whipped cream is a good alternative. The consistency and taste are very similar, and it’s much less expensive.

3.Butter

And if you don’t have clotted cream or whipped cream, butter is enough. Try to serve the best quality one you can find at room temperature. With a generous pat of butter, you’ll notice the singularly exceptional taste of silky butter on crunchy, crumbly scones. 

If I have a little extra time, I like to make flavored butter for scones. Bring your butter to a soft room temperature and mix in fresh herbs or some honey, and shape it into a log and chill.  Flavored butter is a fast and noteworthy addition to your breakfast breads.   

4.Chocolate

I’ve had so many delightful combinations of chocolate with scones that I wonder why it’s not paired more often. Chocolate chips are a heavenly combination and one you can add to your regular box mix or favorite recipe.

For a more elaborate presentation, but also very quick, try melting either dark or white chocolate and drizzle it over your sweet scones.  Chocolate scones make an appetizing afternoon snack and something that’s sure to please even the youngest members of your family. 

Side-Dishes For Scones For Breakfast Or Brunch

5.Berries

Whether I’m serving sweet or savory scones for breakfast, I especially like to include a bowl of berries. Strawberries and blueberries are my favorite, and the vibrant blue and red colors brighten up the table.

Berries also help to highlight the more delicate tastes of lemon or dried fruit commonly found in the scones.

6.Eggs, Meat & Fish

For breakfast or brunch, a side of eggs is an ideal dish to serve with savory or sweet scones. The egg dish can be a simple scramble or an elaborate omelet.  

Traditional American breakfast meats of bacon or sausage are an excellent choice to pair with scones.  The different textures and more robust flavors of the smoked meats will enhance the subtler taste of the scone.

Smoked Salmon is another favorite side dish for breakfast scones, and it pairs nicely with either savory or sweet scones.

7.Roasted Tomatoes And Sauteed Mushrooms

For a special yet quick weekend breakfast at home, I like to serve roasted tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms with scones.  Elements of a British farm breakfast, these breakfast vegetables balance the sugary jam topping.

The earthy mushroom flavors and sweet, smoky taste of roasted tomatoes achieve a delicious harmony.

Make It A Sandwich 

Or you can make a breakfast “sandwich” with your savory scones. One of my most memorable breakfasts in New York was a warm, crumbly sage, bacon, and cheese scone, sliced in half and filled with a fluffy egg.

Or substitute whichever breakfast meats you have on hand, sausage, bacon and Nova salmon would also make an exquisite breakfast sandwich.

Beverages

I like to vary the drinks I serve with scones, and coffee is just as delicious as tea with a breakfast scone. 

Champagne is a nice touch to turn an ordinary meal into a festive event and pairs nicely with these golden-baked pastries. Choose whichever type you like, sweet or dry, golden or rosé.  They all pair well.

If you’d like something special for little ones, orange juice with a touch of sparkling water will sure to get them smiling.

Scones: Round Or Triangular

I’ve heard it said that we eat with our eyes, especially with scones. The taste of British and American scones is essentially the same, but the shape is different. In fact, for many people, the shape, round or triangular, is what makes the scone. 

I realized this many years ago when I was teaching a scones baking class to international ladies. Half the class gasped in horror when I pulled out my pizza cutter and began to slice vertically through the dough.

British Scones are traditionally round. Shaped with a fluted circular cookie cutter, when baked, they are taller than wide.

American scones are triangular. The dough is shaped into a low circle, then cut into wedges with a pizza cutter before baking. They also tend to be larger.

I like to make them and eat them in either shape.   But I find the American method much quicker to make at home.

How To Eat Scones?

Well, proper is quite a strong word. After all, the point of these tasty treats is to bring joy, not stress. 

With that in mind, even at a formal high tea, scones are pulled apart with your fingers; no silverware is needed. Whether you choose to put the cream or the jam on first is up to you. 

You only want to avoid making a sandwich with your cream and jam by reassembling the scone and eating it like a “jelly cream hamburger”.  

Scones Are Not Southern Biscuits

Americans are fortunate to have many bread baking options, some derived from overseas and others invented here. Scones, a unique British pastry, was brought to the US in the 18th Century. A dense, crumbly cake-like pastry made with flour, eggs, and baking powder, all scones are basically the same. 

 Southern biscuits are genuinely an American innovation. Using American grown softer wheat, buttermilk, and lard, the dough in Southern biscuits produces its distinctive light and flaky layers.  

Scones Are Different From Muffins

One of the magical qualities of pastries is the importance of precise measurements. Scones and muffins have the same ingredients, yet muffins are more cake-like than scones because of the extra liquid. 

Muffins also are baked in a mold, helping them to rise higher and taste lighter.

Are there Vegan, Vegetarian, And Gluten-Free Scones?

Thankfully, people with food allergies or who choose a Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyle won’t have to miss out on these luscious pastries. Though traditional scones are made with gluten flour, butter, milk, and eggs, many companies are now selling boxed mixes that are gluten-free and egg-free.  

Final Verdict

Whether you’re serving sweet scones, fit for a Queen, or savory scones for your busy household, there are many easy to make options for toppings or side dishes. 

For sweet scones, be sure to have a variety of jam, honey, chocolate, clotted cream or whipped cream. For savory scones, herb butters are a delicious addition to complement their flavor and texture.

Both types of scones can be a satisfying breakfast without side dishes. But for a fuller and more extensive meal, smoked meats, eggs, berries, and roasted tomatoes and mushrooms are excellent options to serve with scones for breakfast.

Now that you have an assortment of sides, you can personally taste how each one gives your breakfast an entirely different experience.

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