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Jam first? Dawn French reignites divisive debate on the best way to serve a scone

The i logo The i 12/01/2019 Zaina Alibhai

Dawn French sitting at a table with a plate of food © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Dawn French has reignited the mother of all debates after posting a picture of her cream tea.

In a matter that is probably more divisive than Brexit, the comic proved where she sided in the great scone debate.

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A resident of Cornwall, Dawn stayed true to the south-western coast, revealing she enjoys her scones with a liberal layer of jam followed by a dollop of clotted cream. The horror.

Went out for posh tea with my bestie. Did it right. #jamfirst #manyliquids

— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) January 11, 2019

Cornwall-style vs Devon-style

The photo sparked much conversation with many commending Dawn on her method, with one supporter writing: "Jam is sticky! The cream sticks to the Jam! You KNOW it makes sense."

However others, who preferred the Devon-style scones with clotted dream and then jam, were outraged.

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"No. Dawn, you did it wrong, so very wrong. Seek help," one wrote, while another added: "Unfortunately my great-granny (no longer with us) born & bred in Barnstable in the late 1800’s, would have strongly disagreed with you".

This is not the first time the 51-year-old has engaged in the controversial scone matter, she last year she criticised chef Nigella Lawson for her cream-first approach.

She said: "Nigella, darlin girl, far be it and all that, but seriously jam (or red goo) goes first. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please. Thank you."

Nigella, darlin girl, far be it and all that , but seriously.... jam ( or red goo) goes first...NO EXCEPTIONS. Please. Thank you.

— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) October 6, 2018

Queen's preference

Scones © Getty Scones Cream tea is thought to have been around for centuries with the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam existing in Devon in the 11th century.

The great scone debate is one that has divided the country for decades since, however the Queen could put that all to rest.

According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen is served her scone with a layer of Balmoral jam first followed by a helping of clotted cream at Buckingham Palace garden parties.

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