One of the very first recipes I ever made, this is a traditional Nova Scotian recipe from my grandmother (who was actually from Pictou rather than Cape Breton.) One of my favourite childhood memories is of picking a mess of wild strawberries then making strawberry shortcake with these scones and real whipped cream - and the scones made it. Nowadays I use 'Sucanat' instead of dark brown sugar. It is a brand of organic, minimally processed sugar, which has a marvellous flavour. It is probably very similar to the cheap brown sugar that came to Nova Scotia in the 19th century when they did so much trade with the Carribean.