A girdle, also known as a griddle, is a round, flat, heavy iron pan. It either has a half-loop handle or, more commonly in the United States, a long handle.

A girdle is used, mostly in Scotland, Ireland and the North of England, for making scones, pancakes and teacakes.

To use a girdle, it is necessary to rub it first with salt to make sure it is smooth and clean. The salt is then dusted off.

The girdle should be heated until a teaspoon of flour sprinkled over the surface turns brown in 2 minutes.

For scones and teacakes, the girdle should be dredged with flour, but for pancakes, it should be lightly greased with lard or butter.

Scones and teacakes should not be less than f-inch thick and they will require cooking for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Do not wash the girdle after cooking – it should just be wiped clean and kept in a dry place.