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Useful Cream Tea Websites

We’ve listed a few websites containing useful cream tea information such as reviews, tearoom directories, recipes and other cream tea related articles.

http://www.creamteasociety.co.uk/

A site set up by Cornish clotted cream producers Roddas and jam producers Tiptree to help market and promote the cream tea. This included creating National Cream Tea Day in 2015. The website has a lot of other cream tea related content such as the history of the cream tea, high tea etiquette and recipes. There is also a directory on the site listing tearooms around the UK that stock Roddas cream and Tiptree jam.

http://www.creamteaclub.co.uk/

The Cream Tea Club is a South West networking club centred round enjoying cream teas at some of the regions nicest establishments.

https://devoncreamteas.info/

This is the blog of independent cream tea reviewer Ditch Townsend. In 2015 Ditch hit the headlines after national newspapers and local TV discovered his blog with hundreds of reviews of cream teas served throughout Devon sampled on an almost daily basis! He’s now completed his journey reviewing everywhere he could find in Devon but his blog is left as a reminder of his efforts and to help assist anyone searching for a cream tea in Devon. As well as having lots of information on local cafes and tearooms Ditch has shared his wealth of knowledge on types of scones, clotted cream, the history of the cream tea and much more.

http://creamteareview.co.uk/

Cream Tea Review is exactly what it says, the reviews are carried out independently as part of a hobby for the site owner. Plenty of tearooms, cafes and hotels have been visited covering most areas of England. They have also reviewed a number of companies providing cream teas by post.

https://www.roddas.co.uk/cream-teas/

Roddas are the biggest producers of clotted cream in the world and their website contains various bits of useful cream tea information, such as recipes, serving the perfect scone and the Protected Designation of Origin that Cornish clotted cream has been granted.

http://afternoontea.co.uk/

Afternoontea.co.uk is primarily a booking servicing for afternoon tea at hundreds of hotels throughout the UK, they also sell afternoon tea vouchers on behalf of some of the hotels listed. They also have a blog with afternoon tea news, reviews and interesting facts.

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National Cream Tea Day Returns in June

National Cream Tea Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the cream tea. It began in 2015 when the Cream Tea Society, a collaboration between Rodda’s Clotted Cream and Tiptree Jam, successfully launched this much needed national day. With national days like Bean Day, Bubble Bath Day, National Nothing Day and Measure Your Feet Day to mention a few in January alone, it’s clear that National Cream Tea Day was long overdue!

National Cream Tea Day

When is National Cream Tea Day?

National Cream Tea Day is on the last Friday in June, which is 24 June 2016.

What happens on National Cream Tea Day?

The ultimate intention is that it gives everyone an excuse to indulge in a cream tea that weekend. There’s likely to be a surge in cream tea related news and debate on Twitter from accounts such as @CreamTeaSociety, @jam_first, @Roddas_Cream & @CreamTeaHour. Also, last year the Cream Tea Society created an impressive cream tea hat to be worn at Ascot.

Cornish vs Devonshire Cream Teas

Devon vs Cornish Cream TeaDevon and Cornwall have debated which county serves its cream teas the better way for years; both passionately believing that their cream teas are best with the argument also extending to whose clotted cream tastes the nicest. Even most non-residents of the counties have an opinion on whether jam or cream should be served on top. A number of scientists have entered into the debate in an attempt to use scientific evidence to settle the agreement.

About Devonshire cream teas and how they’re served:

Devonshire Cream Teas, where a pot of tea is accompanied with scones, jam and clotted cream are served in Devon with cream on the bottom and jam on top. The county has eaten them this way ever since the cream tea’s origin in Tavistock Abbey, Devon, where the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam began in the 11th century (disputed by the Cornish). As well as it being tradition, Devonians also argue that the cream is like butter and you wouldn’t put butter on jam, they also believe that it’s possible to load more clotted cream on if you apply it first.

The difference between Cornish cream teas vs Devon

Historically, there have been lots of variations between Cornish and Devon Cream Teas such as the type of scones and clotted cream used but nowadays the main difference is just how they’re served. The Cornish opt to serve cream teas with jam on the bottom and cream on top, arguing that you can taste the cream better on top and it’s easier to spread this way.

What the experts say

One scientist, Dr Farrimond, has produced research showing the optimal ratio of scone, cream and jam is 4:3:3 meaning that a 40g scone should be served with 30g of cream and 30g of jam. This achieves what he said was the hedonic breakpoint, the optimal sweetness for appreciating the flavours, meaning that the richness of the cream dilutes the sweetness of the jam. This ratio led Dr Farrimond to believe the Devon way of serving jam on top is the better option because even on a warm scone, the jam is not viscous enough to support easy spreading of the cream on top. He even assembled a tasting panel for his research with 57% expressing a preference for the Devon-style method.
Another scientist, Dr Cheng, came up with a daunting equation that took into consideration the radius of scone and even depth of the dollop of topping. He supported the Cornish style cream tea, concluding that the jam, “due to its density”, needs to be spread prior to the application of the clotted cream, as the opposite approach may cause the jam to run off.

How to make great scones the traditional Devon way

Devon scone recipeExpert scone chef Richard Hunt of the Devon Scone company has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and has even shared his scone recipes with Kirstie Allsopp for her Channel 4 TV programme. He regularly holds talks at food festivals explaining how to make great scones the Devon way and this is what he had to say.

How to get a good scone texture

Richard’s makes scones that are a cross between traditional Devon splits and the standard scone. This means his scones don’t crumble apart, instead you can actually rip Richards’s Devon scones into two parts by hand and that how traditional Devon scones should be. In order to achieve a good scone structure Richard doesn’t use eggs, instead his main ingredients are butter, milk, a strong flour and natural yogurt.

How to make scones rise nicely

The acid in the natural yogurt actually helps the baking powder to work, which results in a great rise. The rise achieved by Richard actually makes it possible to cut his scones into three pieces, which is a great method to increase for cream and jam intake! It’s also important to keep the pastry thick when its rolled it out, around an inch and a half in thickness is ideal.

How to achieve a nice colour on your scones

Richard sprays his scones with non-egg glaze made using vegetable oil and natural food colourings in order to give his scones a nice colour but glazing scones with a beaten egg works well for home-baking.

How to make fruit scones

Fruit scones are made in the same way that plain scones are but the important thing to do when baking fruit scones is to use high quality sultanas. This is because cheap sultanas will go dry when the scones are cooked and then break during eating.

A simple scone recipe for 20 large scones

Richard hasn’t revealed his exact recipe but here’s a simple version of it. This recipe doesn’t use natural yogurt but does use strong flour and avoids using eggs in the mixture in order to achieve a good texture that does crumble easily.

Ingredients (makes):

1kg Strong Plain flour

75gm Baking powder

125gm Unsalted butter

125gm Milk powder

125gm Caster sugar

750ml buttermilk

Egg to glaze

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 190◦c or 175◦c for a fan-assisted oven

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a breadcrumb like texture

Gently add the buttermilk and work the mixture into a soft dough without overworking it or the dough will become tough

Gently roll out the dough to about 1 and a half inches thick, then cut with a circular shape cutter

Glaze the scones with a beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden brown

How many calories in a Cream Tea?

Cream tea calories and fat

 

It won’t come as a great surprise to many people that cream teas aren’t exactly the ideal food for those on a diet but everyone deserves a treat and cream teas are definitely worth it!

For those that want to know the damage we’ve listed the nutritional information for a cream tea below. Obviously the amount of calories, fat and sugar in a cream tea can vary massively depending on how big the scones are, how much jam is applyed and how big the mountain of clotted cream is.

How many calories in a one scone cream tea?

In a large cream tea, consisting of a large plain scone and a generous portion of strawberry jam and clotted cream you can expect the total number of calories to be around 670kcal. This is broken down into approximately 37 grams fat, 78 grams carbohydrates and 9 grams protein.

For a smaller cream tea with a more conservative serving of jam and cream and a medium scone the calorie count can be reduced to around 400kcal, with approximately 22 grams fat, 45 grams carbohydrates and 5 grams protein.

How many calories in one scone?

In a large scone you’re looking at around 360 calories with 12 grams fat, 56 grams carbohydrates and 8 grams protein, whereas if the scone is a smallish medium scone it should contain about 300 calories with 7 grams fat, 21 grams carbohydrates and 4 grams protein.

How many calories in clotted cream?

Clotted cream has 572 calories in it per 100g, which is 62 grams of fat. We reckon a very generous portion of clotted cream is about 40 grams which makes the total calories 230kcal. A conservative serving of clotted cream would be more like 25 grams which would make the calorie count 143kcal.

Cream tea nutritional information

A medium scone cream tea with a small serving of jam and clotted cream:

Calories Fat Carbs Protein
Cream Tea 399 22 45 5
Scone 200 7 31 4
Jam 56 0 14 0
Cream 143 16 1 0

A large scone cream tea with a large serving of jam and clotted cream:

Calories Fat Carbs Protein
Cream Tea 672 37 78 9
Scone 360 12 56 8
Jam 83 0 21 0
Cream 229 25 1 1