Scones have a long, storied history. Probably getting their start in Scotland, they eventually spread to England, where they became the preferred teatime snack of Queen Victoria. Endorsed by her, the popularity of the scone skyrocketed. This eventually led to the British institution of the Cream Tea: a hotly debated and regionally-varied snack still popular in England today—and, of course, at the SconeWitch.
So what is a Cream Tea? Read on!
The scone is the heart of the Cream Tea. Purists will argue (quite rightly, in the opinion of this writer) that the scone must be plain—at the SconeWitch, our plain scone is the Vanilla Cream.
However, if you’re a rule bender and risk taker, any flavour of scone will do. Our oatmeal is particularly appropriate for a Cream Tea, but you could get super wild with a currant-ginger or lemon-poppy seed. The decision is yours.
Now to choose a jam. At the SconeWitch, we have a bunch of varieties from Moss Berry Farms http://www.mossberryfarm.com/, all of which are incredible and all of which are great choices for a Cream Tea.
Choose one of the following:
- Wild blueberry raspberry
- Rhubarb ginger
This is where those regional differences really become evident.
At the SconeWitch, we carry Devon Cream—a thick, rich, absolutely delicious condiment that is the key to a successful Cream Tea. In Devon tradition, cream should be placed directly on the scone with jam on top.
However, in Cornwall the cream is placed on top of the jam. It is a subtle but important difference, and people can get pretty amped up about their preferences.
So how do you do it? Devon or Cornwall?
Lastly—and obviously, as this is a British tradition—is tea. This writer is partial to a strong black tea, but your choices abound. At the SconeWitch, you can choose from:
- House Blend
- Earl Grey
- Decaf Irish Breakfast
- Kenya Green
- Rooibos Provence
- Ginger Chai
The Cream Tea is the ideal afternoon snack, cozy and delicious. With autumn approaching, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy your scone craving.