‘Jam first no exceptions’: Dawn French weighs in on contentious scone debate, yet again

Apr 30, 2023
Dawn French has never shied away from advocating for “jam first” when it comes to serving scones. Source: Getty Images.

Dawn French, the multi-talented 65-year-old, is not just known for her remarkable skills as an actor, comedian, and writer. It would also appear that she is also a passionate advocate of the “jam first” approach when serving scones.

Back in 2020, during an interview with Good Housekeeping, French expressed her unwavering opinion on the proper order of serving jam and cream on scones. She went as far as to state that putting cream on first is not only a faux pas but downright “offensive.”

“What I would say is: butter is optional, but if you’re going to use butter, it goes first,” she explained.

“Then the jam, then the cream. That’s it. The big mistake is to think that cream is butter.

“Jam is for spreading, cream – and it’s got to be clotted cream – is the dollop. It’s the crown.

“If you do it the other way, I genuinely find it offensive! I just do. I’ve got into a bit of a Twitter war with certain people about it.”

Now The Vicar of Dibley star has weighed in, yet again, on the contentious issue after replying to a post on social media regarding the proper way to serve scones.

“Stop it. #jamfirstnoexceptions,” she wrote.

French has never shied away from advocating for “jam first” when it comes to serving scones, having recently reignited the debate with a post to Instagram where she was seen enjoying tea and scones alongside her friends.

“Jam first tea with the Frenchies,” she captioned the video.


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The comments section was soon flooded with opinions from fans on either side of the great scone debate, each arguing passionately for their preferred method of serving these delectable treats.

“Nooooo…cream 1st..get more on,” one fan stressed.

“Butter then jam then cream,” another proposed.

“Has to be jam first. Jam on cream is too messy.”

“Defo jam first, others who do so in reverse are so uncouth!”

“Cream first obviously, as you would put butter first if making a jam sandwich.”

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In addition to French, President of the NSW Country Women’s Association (CWA) Joy Beames recently added her two cents on the secret to perfecting the delightful snack, after years of preparing baked goods to raise money for the community.

“There is a trick to hot scones,” she told AAP.

“When they’re just out of the oven, people make the mistake of cutting them. Don’t do that, you break it instead.

“When you break it you release the steam but if you cut it you seal the steam in and the scone goes soggy.”

Beames also courted controversy when she weighed in on the heated debate surrounding the correct serving order of jam and cream on a scone.

She explained that if the cream one is using is hard and thick then it is to be spread first. However, when the cream is whipped the jam should be spread first.

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