What is Cream Tea in England?
Cream tea is a traditional British afternoon tea meal originating in the West Country of England. It is one of the most popular afternoon refreshment meals in England and comprises of tea, scones and clotted cream.
Tea is the main part of a cream tea, usually served hot and strong. Commonly black tea is used such as English Breakfast or Earl Grey. Tea is usually served from a teapot and brewed for several minutes before pouring into the teacups.
The scones are served warm and the traditional varieties are plain scones. They are made with flour and other ingredients such as baking powder and lard or butter. Scones can be served with jam and clotted cream.
Clotted cream is an essential part of a cream tea. It is a thickened cream, made by slowly heating full-fat cow’s milk until the cream rises to the surface and forms a thick layer. Clotted cream has a smooth, almost buttery texture and a subtle, nutty taste.
Serving Cream Tea
Cream tea is usually served with a pot of tea, a plate of warm scones and a bowl of clotted cream. The common accompaniments for scones are jam and clotted cream. It’s usually acceptable to eat your scone with either clotted cream and jam, cream and jam, or just jam.
Where to Find Cream Tea?
Cream tea is available in many traditional English tea rooms and cafes, as well as high-end hotels and fine-dining establishments. It’s also very common in the countryside. Cream tea can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
Cream tea is a traditional British meal and very popular refreshment among those living in the UK. It consists of tea, scones and clotted cream and is usually served with jam and clotted cream. Cream tea is available in various places around the UK and can also be enjoyed in the home.