A Bite of Blighty: Cream Tea / Scones


Like many British foods (hello Yorkshire “pudding”), the name here is misleading. Whenever I heard “cream tea” I assumed that the cream went into the tea, however “cream tea” actually refers to just regular tea alongside scones with clotted cream and jam.

The Cornish way: jam, then cream
The Cornish way: jam, then cream

A little history:

We have the Duchess of Bedford to thank for the tradition of afternoon tea, as she often ordered tea and treats to her room in the space between lunch and dinner. This then turned into a social dining affair which caught on and spread throughout England.

The first printed reference to a scone is in a Scottish poem which dates 1513, however it isn’t known whether the scone originatedΒ in Ireland, Scotland, or England. Traditionally they were made with oats as opposed to today’s flour-based scones. There is also some debate as to where the name “scone” comes from.

I'm a Devonshire lady: cream, then jam
I’m a Devonshire lady: cream, then jam

My thoughts:

I discovered the delicious little biscuits called scones yesterday (at work) and I am an instant addict! While they may look dry, they actually have a creamy, doughy, melt-in-your-mouth type of texture sort of like a tea biscuit. While they don’t have much of a taste, they are lovely smothered in butter or cream and jam.

I had mine with cream which is surprisingly non-sweet (I was expecting clotted cream to be similar to whipped cream but it is more like thick milk). I find British food to be much less sweet and salty than back home in Canada. However even though the scone and cream aren’t sugary, the raspberry jam adds just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy this Canadian :).

All put together it is heaven on a plate, and what better to wash it down with than a lovely cuppa tea?

What do you lot think, cream or jam first? πŸ˜‰


11 thoughts on “A Bite of Blighty: Cream Tea / Scones

  1. Cream tea heaven! I am a Cornish gal – but any way you have it, it is awesome! Love this post!

  2. definitely cream first! I miss this so much, I used to have it often while I was living in Bournemouth but now that I’m back in Asia I couldn’t find it..

    Btw I just realized now that you’ve written this.. scones is actually very similar to biscuits in the US/Canada right? interesting!

    1. You’re a Devonshire lady like me then πŸ˜‰ It is actually quite similar to a biscuit in US/Canada; I always ordered tea biscuits at Tim Hortons to dunk in my soup and the texture is quite similar… and biscuits and gravy is huge in the southern United States, but I have to say I MUCH prefer cream and jam to gravy on this type of thing πŸ™‚

  3. I love scones!
    I’m from Australia and eat mine like this with a cup of tea, with jam too! however I use sweet whipped cream instead πŸ™‚
    I am loving your blog! Also, I just finished reading your first novel and I am obsessed. Absolutely loved it! You’re very talented.

    1. I’ll bet it’s good with whipped cream as well πŸ™‚

      So glad you are loving my blog, and my book! So kind of you to give me a read. Thank you so much for your positive feedback πŸ™‚

      Take care and keep smiling,

  4. I guess I’m a Cornish lady. I never would have thought I’d use those two words to describe me. Ever.

    Ah, scones with jam and cream!! So delicious! Maybe I need to add this to my list of things to make…

    1. I definitely want to learn to make these as well, my boss at work has promised to give me her recipe πŸ™‚

      I’ve been doing some baking but I’m having a lot of trouble with the pastry here. I love making peach pies with the store-bought ready-made pie crust that you just throw the filling in and bake but they don’t sell it here. I bought some pastry sheets but they get air bubbles in them and blow up; it’s ruined my buttertarts, my nutella pasties and almost ruined my peach pie… I tried making my own crust from scratch but it’s not as good as the store-bought stuff from home so I’ll have to keep an eye out for a great pie crust recipe!

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