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National Cream Tea Day

Our Guide to the Perfect Devon Cream Tea

 What better time to enjoy a traditional cream tea than National Cream Tea Day! From scone recipes to the best jam and clotted cream, here’s our guide to the ultimate cream tea experience…

The cream tea is an English delicacy and one of our favourite indulgences; after all, what’s tastier than a delicious scone topped with thick clotted cream and sweet, fruity jam?

Staying true to our roots, we always take our cream tea the Devon way, cream on the bottom jam on the top, and enjoy it with a nice warm cup of tea!

National Cream Tea Day is a celebration of the humble teatime treat, encouraging people to enjoy a cream tea and raise money for charity! You can find out more here.

To help you make the most of National Cream Tea Day this year, here’s our guide to perfecting your cream teas, with recipes, recommendations and more!

 

Scone Recipe

 Whilst there’s plenty of amazing ready-made scones out there to buy, we think part of the fun is getting stuck in and making your own and, in our opinion, knowing they’ve been made with love makes them even tastier!

Find everything you need for organic baking here.

Scone Recipe

 Image: The humble scone is the perfect tea-time treat!

You will need:

  •  235g organic plain flour
  •    2 tsp baking powder
  • 75g organic butter
  •   2 tbsp sugar
  • 50g raisins/ sultanas (optional for fruit scones)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 100ml milk

 

1)   Preheat the oven to 200C/fan or 180C/gas 6, then in a large mixing bowl sift in the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.

2)   Chop the butter into small cubes and add to the bowl, then, using your fingers rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

3)   Stir in the sugar and raisins (if using)

4)   Gradually add in the egg and milk and gently mix until a dough forms.

5)   On a lightly floured surface, roll out your scone dough to a thickness of around 2cm, then use a 5-6cm cookie cutter to cut out 8 scones.

6)   Place the scones on a non-stick baking tray and brush the tops with milk or egg, then bake for around 12-15 minutes until they have nicely risen and are golden brown!

And there you have it, the perfect homemade scones to enjoy and impress your family and friends with your baking prowess!

 

 Cheese Scone Recipe

Put a savoury twist on your cream tea with this cheese scone recipe, incredibly moreish and great enjoyed alongside soups, just skip the jam and cream with this one!

Cheese Scone Recipe

Image: Put a savoury spin on your cream tea with this cheese scone recipe!

You will need:

  •  225g organic self-raising flour
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 55g organic butter
  • 120g organic cheddar
  • 100ml of milk

 

1)   Preheat your oven to 200C/ 180C fan/ gas 6. Then sift the flour, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt and baking powder into a large bowl.

2)   Chop your butter into cubes and add to the bowl, combining with the flour using your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add in 100g of cheddar.

3)   Gradually add in the milk and combine to create a firm dough.

4)   On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 2cm thick and cut out the scones using an 8cm cutter, then place on a lined baking tray, glazing with a little milk and s sprinkling of cheese.

5)   Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

 

 Jam, Cream and More!

Now you’ve got your homemade scones, all you need is the best toppings and accompaniments to complete your cream tea!

Organic clotted cream is as tasty as it comes, thick, creamy, and delicious. Our Ivy House Farm clotted cream is the best of the best, packed with the unmistakeable Jersey flavour for your scones.

Traditionalists may stick to strawberry jam, but our mixed berry conserve adds a wonderfully fruity flavour that pairs perfectly with the clotted cream, made using organic strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries for a tangy sweetness like no other.

It wouldn’t be a cream tea without a cuppa! Our wide selection of Clipper tea bags are the perfect organic accompaniment. Choose from traditional English breakfast, fragrant Earl Grey or other herbal varieties to complete your tea party!

 

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