Scone or scone? Jam first or cream first? Devon or Cornwall? Butter or no butter? The cream tea sparks different debates for everyone. We may not be able to solve these problems, but it’s National Cream Tea Day, so let’s take a look at this British Classic!
The cream tea is well and truly a British Classic. Tea is traditionally served alongside fresh scones with strawberry jam and the vital ingredient, clotted cream. It is known to have been served as early as the 11th century at Tavistock Hall in Devon. At a time when refrigeration had not been invented, the inclusion of fresh clotted cream made the dish a real delicacy. The Devonian tradition is to cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top.
With Devon claiming that the tradition originates in their county, you’d think their opinion would stand. But Cornish tradition contests both the Devonian origin and the order of the cream tea. In Cornwall, a layer of strawberry jam is added before the clotted cream.
Even the Queen of England takes sides when it comes to scones. Following Devonshire tradition, jam comes before cream at Buckingham Palace!
No matter your preference, the cream tea is a deliciously indulgent British tradition and it makes sense to use British ingredients to make your own! If you’re a sucker for tradition, try Becky’s Bakery scones and Cottage Delight Strawberry Jam. But if you’re looking to mix things up, try the wide range of jams we produce in the UK! From apricot to cherry & even medlar jam!