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English cream tea

Updated on January 18, 2013

The English cream tea

Forget the calories and enjoy
Forget the calories and enjoy

The English cream tea

Summer is coming, and the time has come to enjoy the delights of a cream tea in the garden.  Forget the calories, and let your taste buds revel in the sheer naughtiness of a an English cream tea.  Now there are various parts of England that tell you that there are Cornish cream tea, Devonshire cream teas.  Well this is an English cream tea as I'm not certain where this version comes from, but it is so scrummy that I know where it is going and thats all that matters. So if you want to impress your friends or pamper yourself, then give this a go, you won't be disappointed.

The first bite is with the eye

Scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam.

What is a cream tea?

The food itself is scones (served warm), clotted cream, strawberry jam and of course tea , with milk and sugar. I like Twinnings everday tea, but thats down to personal taste. To make it extra special, serve on a table with a cloth, a tea set and of course the teapot. Not too big as the tea will go cold quicker. Now you could take the easy route and go and buy the food from the local store, or if you are feeling brave have a go at making the scones and jam yourself. I have found and adapted two easy recipes that I have used time and time again. So if you want to experience the true taste of summer here are the recipes for you to try.

Don't think about the calories

An English cream tea
An English cream tea

The scones

The quick and simple scone recipe

  • 450g (1lb) self-raising flour

  • 110g (4oz) butter

  • 175-200ml  milk

  • 110g (4oz) sultanas

  • 50g (2oz) sugar

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

  1.  Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.

  2. Rub butter into flour and lift the mixture to add air. This will make your scones mixture nice and light. Continue until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the sugar, bicarbonate of soda and sultanas.

  4. Mix in just enough milk to make a soft dough.

  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1.5cm (½ inch) thick. Use a pastry cutter to cut the scones into shape.

  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

  7. Carefully take out of the oven when golden brown. 

Strawberry jam recipe

Easy strawberry jam recipe


  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) strawberries
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) sugar


  • Hull the strawberries, wash and drain well.
  • Put into a preserving pan with the lemon juice..
  • Simmer gently until the fruit is soft..
  • Add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved.
  • Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 5-10 minutes.
  • Spoon a little jam onto a cold saucer. After a couple of minutes gently push your finger through the jam and if the surface wrinkles it is ready. If not, return to the boil for 2 minutes, then re-test.
  • Remove any scum that has formed
  • leave to cool slightly so that the fruit will not rise in the jars.
  • Pot and seal while still warm.

Makes around 6 lbs (2.7 kg) of jam.


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      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      A totally civilized and delicious idea! Lovely

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      Can't beat a cream tea - I like to add small crustless brown sandwiches filled with fresh crab, mayo and cucumber to kick off before the piece de resistance though! Sooo English but enjoyable!! Love the recipes - I'm not good at scones so I do cheat but the clotted cream is essential.

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      Deborah Waring 7 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      My favourite 'naughty but nice' especially with the cream!Great hub. I can also recommend Lancashire and Yorkshire cream tea as well:)YUM!

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      A kindred spirit, may we keep rocking. Thanks for the comment

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..this sounds heavenly just like your hubs ......

      and yes I like my music loud too!

      May you remain forever young!!!!

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Oliversmum for the comment, I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      jayjay40. Hi. Scones Jam and Cream are one of my absolutely favorite foods.

      We usually have them in a Cottage Tea Room, the reason being my scone cooking leaves a lot to be desired.

      I am going to put this Recipe of the Scones and Jam in my Recipe Book and try them.

      I did not know what Cream Tea was, it was very interesting information.

      Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment Cathi, a cream tea is very yummy, but don't count the calories.

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      Cathi Sutton 7 years ago

      Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Genius Hub! Of course we both know and love the English cream tea. Pat has an idea that this is much less common in the North of England though - what do you think?

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Lamme. hope you enjoy your English cream tea

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this! Looks like a wonderful recipe ... I can't wait to try it.

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Glad to be of service SilverGenes especially where clotted cream is concerned, very Yummy. Thanks for leaving a comment

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      I'm from Victoria in Canada so we had clotted cream always available in the supermarkets. I just didn't know what to do with it until now - thank you!

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks D A L, hope you enjoy your cream tea

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      jayjay, passed this recipe on to my wife. Looking forward to the results.Thank you.

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for all the comments, from everyone. Your comments are very much appreciated.

      Reddog1027-I've put in a couple of links to help

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      reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is going to be added to my recipes for sure. I do have a couple of questions about the recipes. First,what in the world is clotted cream and what are sultanas? Until I know what they are, I can't make them.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely. Cream teas are a speciality of your part of the Uk, aren't they?

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your lovely hub and recipe. I will try it.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      When I visit my cousins in England I don't fool around - I do the whole cream tea as often as I feel like it. I love clotted cream which I don't think you can find anywhere in the US. Then eventually, we get to Harrod's for the amazing lunch buffet - top quality foods.

      Thanks for a great hub with recipes! Wonderful!

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I read this and my waistband on my jeans grew tighter. Looks marvelous -- delicious and decadent.

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Yes its great to feel like a lady, a cream tea and a sunny day. The world is beautiful. Thanks for the comment suziecat7

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Nice that you included the strawberry jam recipe.I just may try these and feel ladylike for a day. Nice Hub.