Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cream teas

Cream tea: Tea served with a scone that's topped with butter, jam, and clotted cream. I make scones at home from time to time, but as clotted cream is pretty much impossible to get in the States, I was excited to have cream tea in the UK whenever an occasion arose.

Cream Tea #1: Patisserie Valerie in Stratford-Upon-Avon (right across from Shakespeare's birthplace)

Cream Tea #2: Patisserie Valerie in London
(I was sick, hence the lemon in the tea)

Cream Tea #3: Tea Shop in the Tower of London

Cream Tea #4: Taken to-go at Heathrow Airport (my camera had died by this point)

I discovered that I prefer the combination of a warm scone (pronounced "scuhne" not "scohne"), raspberry jam, and fresh cream over a not-warmed scone, strawberry jam, and packaged cream. However, that's really just little details. I loved that you always got the jam or marmalade in little glass jars. I loved the little personal tea kettle you sometimes get. I loved the decadence of the butter and jam and cream together, and the fact that it's common knowledge that a scone must be dressed up in this way, and always paired with tea.

I miss cream tea.

1 comment:

  1. Vikki McCartney4/3/12, 2:53 PM

    I have to comment as I am a HUGE fan of cream tea myself and as you were discovering them yourself I was holidaying in Devon (home of the cream tea). Some useless info for you... Clotted cream originates in the bottom west corner of UK - Devon & Cornwall. It is the prduction that gives it's flavour and it has a very short shelf life. It does not export because of this. I struggle to get it in Scotland as it's presence here is limited to large retailers and specialist shops. The traditional tea is considered Cornish if the cream is dolloped on top of the jam and Devon if the jam is dropped over the cream. The scone should ALWAYS be fresh (baked within the last few hours) and the tea served in a teapot, preferably loose leaf. Cream teas are still lovely with whipped cream (hand whipped not out of a container)