These secrets of a perfect cream tea will provide you with everything you should know to understand the English cream tea. Whether you attend a cream tea in a tea room or if you plan to host an afternoon cream tea, it’s all good.
What is a Cream Tea?
A cream tea is a traditional English afternoon tea, combined with clotted cream, jam and scones. In England, cream teas became popular, especially in Cornwall and Devon, during the 1850’s. It didn’t take long, however, for the cream tea to spread across much of the world. It has remained in style ever since. In fact, today the cream is enjoying a new era of popularity.
Of course other food is often included with cream tea. These elements can be savory or sweet, or a combination of the two. However, the scones, clotted cream and jam are essential and for the most simple afternoon tea nothing more is necessary.
Five Secrets of a perfect cream tea
1. Use loose leaf tea because it provides better flavor than tea bag tea.
2. Brew the loose leaf tea in a tea pot. Never brew it in individual cups or mugs.
3. Do not put milk or cream into your cup before pouring the tea. While some people will suggest otherwise, it is best to put the milk in the cup after the tea because otherwise you may use too much or too little milk. After the milk you can add sugar, if desired.
4. The person sitting closest to the pot does the pouring.
5. Split your scone apart, then spread jam on the two sides. Top the jam with clotted cream.
Make Your Own Scones
Scones are easy and quick to make. Various ingredients can be added to any basic scone recipe to create dreamy, delicious and sometimes imaginative delights. Think about adding combinations of the following ingredients:
- orange zest
- dried cranberries
- grated cheese
- pine nuts
- chopped strawberries
- pumpkin seeds
- pumpkin pie spice
- chopped apples
- lemon zest
Basic Scone Recipe
All Recipes has created an easy to follow video of how to make simple scones. You can see it here.