What is a Scone Pan?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

A scone pan is a piece of bakeware which is designed for use in making scones and other wedge shaped baked goods such as cornbread and polenta. Using a scone pan ensures that scones are uniformly sized, and keeps the bottoms and sides of the scones tender while the tops turn golden brown. Since it can also double as a cornbread pan, a scone pan is a reasonably useful thing to have around the kitchen. Many kitchen supply stores sell scone pans, and they can also be ordered through online retailers.

Woman baking cookies
Woman baking cookies

A classic scone is triangular because scone dough is usually rolled out into a circle and then cut into eighths. The rich, flaky pastries are very popular with British and Scottish teas, especially sliced in half and dressed with clotted cream, marmalade, or other preserves. Traditionally, scones have been prepared either on a griddle or in the oven, with many cooks preferring oven-prepared scones. Without a scone pan, the scones tend to become browned along the sides, and they may develop golden bottoms as well.

A good scone pan is built from a solid material like enamel or cast iron, and has a series of triangular molds for dough or batter. The solid metal distributes heat evenly throughout the scones, but also prevents them from turning too brown or burning, since the metal heats up slowly. After the scones are done baking, they can be tipped out of the scone pan and onto a rack to cool, or they can be served warm and steaming, typically in a cloth lined basket. Cheaper scone pans use tin or thinner metals, and they may cause the scones to burn, especially if a baker is inattentive.

To make basic scones, sift together two cups of flour, one quarter cup sugar, four teaspoons baking powder, one half teaspoon salt, and one quarter teaspoon baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together one egg, one cup of buttermilk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, and up to one half cup of dried fruit or nuts. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Use a large spoon to drop mounds of dough into an oiled scone pan.

Let the dough settle out a bit, pushing it to fill the molds in the scone pan if necessary. Brush the tops of the scones with a milk and egg mixture, and sprinkle with sugar, which will create a sweet crackling crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops have turned golden brown. The buttermilk gives these scones a tangy, complex texture which can be greatly enhanced by grating lemon or orange zest into the wet ingredients before mixing.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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The biggest issue for me when making scones is when they stick to the pan, break and crumble while removal. So my number one priority when purchasing a scone pan is to pick one that is non-stick, even when the pan is not oiled.

I finally found a great scone pan that prevents the scones from sticking. It's a heavy cast aluminum scone pan. The scones come right out and cleaning the pan is a breeze because there is nothing left!

I've also made cornbread with the scone pan and those came out perfect too.


@stoneMason-- I think there are scone pans with sixteen slots (four times four). I remember seeing it once. Scone pans with eight slots are the most popular, but there are also pans that have more or less. For example, I have an aluminum, twelve slot scone pan. Eight is too little, sixteen is too much but twelve is just right.

I'm sure there are scone pans for mini scones. You might have to check out a few additional stores to find them though. I'm sure they're available online.


What is the most number of slots that a scone pan can have? Are there pans that have more than eight slots?

Also, I want to make mini scones. Can I find a scone pan that has mini sized slots?

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