A cream tea made with warm scones is perhaps the dish we need at the moment to banish the blues. Forget the calories and carbs and indulge yourself. This recipe, handed down from my mum, means that your cream tea will be ready to eat in thirty-five minutes. Enjoy!!!
Cream Tea – Jam or Cream First?
The cream tea has been served in the UK since the 11th century and the debate continues. Which goes first? In our home we agree to differ. In Devon, typically they spread the clotted cream first followed by the jam. Whereas in Cornwall they tend to spread the jam first followed by the cream. To be truthful, who cares what goes first as long as you enjoy it.
This recipe makes five servings – allowing for two scones each.
- 400 g Self Raising Flour
- 25 g Baking Powder
- 1 pinch Salt
- 100 g Butter
- 75 g Caster Sugar
- 10 fl oz Milk
- Fresh Double Cream or Clotted Cream for accompaniment
- Preserve for Accompaniment
- Put the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and blend for 3 minutes. Add the milk and stop mixing when the mixture is sticky and combined. (Over mixing will prevent your scones from rising).
- Remove the mixture from the bowl onto a floured surface and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 180ºC.
- Line a baking tray and sparingly sift a little flour onto the surface.
- Sift a little flour over the mixture and gently roll the mixture out to no less than 2 cm thickness. Using a pastry cutter, size of your choice, cut out the scones and gently lay on the baking tray, making sure there is at least a 2 cm gap between each scone.
- Place the scones on the middle shelf of the oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove and cool for 10 minutes.
7. Serve the scones with Freshly Whipped Double Cream and a preserve of your choice.
In my opinion cream tea is at its best when served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. It’s simply delicious. Some prefer a different jam, such as blackcurrant, or even freshly whipped double cream. Another variation is called “Thunder and Lightning”, which consists of a round of bread topped with clotted cream and honey (Wikipedia). I haven’t tried this, but I think I might like it!
Please comment below to share your thoughts – jam first or cream?!!