Thursday, 24 November 2011

Proper Cornish Cream Tea

Despite Wikipedia stating a cream tea can either be Devonshire or Cornish, there is only one way to make a cream tea; the PROPER way!

Here in Cornwall, we are immensely proud of many things; pasties, the Cornish language, our handsome countryside and cream teas, to name a few! Like pasties, cream teas must be made to specific instructions. The correct method is to cut a plain scone in half, spread JAM FIRST on both halves, THEN CREAM! Jam then cream! (Not that crazy, topsy turvy, upside-down Devonshire way!).

Another vital factor is that it is Cornish clotted cream. Rodda's can be bought in most UK supermarkets so there's really no excuse! 

So without further ado, here is a PROPER cream tea! (Healthy? No. Delicious? Definitely!)

Scone recipe (makes 8 scones)
225g self raising flour
55g margarine
25g caster sugar
150ml milk
1 egg (for glazing)

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C or gas mark 7
  • Sift the flour into a bowl with the sugar. Cut the margarine into small cubes and rub it into the flour to mix.
  • Add the milk a small amount at a time, mixing each time, until you get a dough.
  • Sprinkle flour onto your surface and roll the dough out until it is 1cm (0.4 inches) thick.
  • Using a 5cm (2 inch) cutter, cut scone shapes from the dough and place onto a greased baking tray.
  • Beat the egg and brush the scones with it to glaze them.
  • Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown.
  • Place on a cooling rack to cool.


saving for travel said...

Because my family comes from devon I have to have cream tea the devon way!

I think it tastes the same.

Sft x :)

Donna said...

Looks absolutely delicious!

lizzie said...

They look divine and now i can proceed with complete confidence.
I was given a jar of Tiptree jam recently but unfortunately
clotted cream cannot be got very easily here in the u.s. and is extremely expensive so will just have to go without. I have made a note of the correct order just in case.........................

rivulet said...

Would you believe that in the US I think i can pretty safely say that most people have never heard of Cream Tea? It's amazing how small the world truly is and yet there's so many things that truly differentiate us.

Thanks for the educating. I feel that I am very well informed now about a food that I knew nothing of a minute ago.