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Cream Tea | All You Need To Know About

by Muhammad Nabeel
Cream Tea All You Need To Know About

Hearing cream tea you might wonder if these two together are not good but what if I tell you that you are wrong?

Cream tea

Cream tea is basically the snack that is most famous in Britain because of its weird but tasty and delicious combination, and what combination is that? Let me tell you. It consists of a scone preferably freshly baked, with a layer of jam and accompanied by a layer of cream along with tea obviously.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a selection of finger foods such as cakes, scones, tarts, and other treats usually served in a more casual manner than high tea. It may also include small finger sandwiches with no crust.

Traditional English afternoon tea was served on sofas and chairs in the drawing room rather than at the table. Much more stylish for sure, but it amounted to our afternoon snack!

When you hear the word “Tea Party”, most people think of tea. Afternoon tea usually consists of a china cup and saucer and a fine beer.

High Tea

High tea is called “high tea” because it is served at the dining table, and is like a meal. Many of Hai’s teas include hams, jams, tea cakes, fresh bread, rich sandwiches, pork pies, and more. It is usually served on regular plates rather than fine china.

High tea is a precursor to a lighter dinner served later in the evening. Consumed by many workers after a long day in the fields and factories of England. The tea served with high tea is usually strong and mostly black, but this depends on your tastes.

The History 

The cream tea had a background of early ages and its mainly enjoyed at Tavistock Abbey, Devon, in the eleventh century. The Viking attack had damaged the abbey in early times so some workers were hired for its maintenance and they were offered bread with cream and jam.

Some of you may not know this but tea was introduced in England in the seventeenth century so it can be understood that the workers didn’t have any tea to drink with bread so they might have a drunk ale.

We already knew all this but having scientific backing just makes it more authentic.

What is in Cream Tea?

What is in Cream Tea?

Cream tea basically consists of a hot, freshly baked scone, which is broken open by hand, and then jam and cream are applied and served with a pot of steaming hot tea.

There is a big debate among all its lovers that which goes first. jam or cream but if you ask me it all depends on your taste and liking. If you want jam first then go for jam first and if you want cream first then go for cream first.

The Perfect Scone

A scientific study has concluded about what is the best and perfect scone for a cream tea, according to the study the scone should be between 4-7 cm in diameter, and the jam should be applied first in such a way that its corners are not covered and then the cream should be applied. This should settle the debate about what goes first the jam or the cream.

Is It Afternoon Tea?

There are different times in which mostly you drink tea one of them is afternoon tea, cream tea is basically a scone with jam, clotted cream, and a cup of tea and this has a snack value so it is mostly enjoyed in the afternoon but it is not afternoon tea.

And that is because it doesn’t have finger sandwiches or pastries.

How to Make Cream Tea?

People find ways to cheer themselves in very different ways that we may not come to understand. That might be the reason that during the tough times of covid-19 cream tea’s value and worth increased as many people were trying to online order cream tea. They might have realized that it can be made at home. Let me tell you how.


To make approximately 10 medium-sized scones.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 60g butter
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • Approximately 100ml buttermilk
  • 3 tea bags Cream Tea


For ovens, preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C.

Spread cooking paper on the baking sheet.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the tea leaf cream, and heat over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the butter from the heat and let him stand for 5 more minutes or longer if you want a stronger flavor. Strain the tea leaves from the butter (get as much butter out as possible, but don’t worry about losing butter as it is inevitable) and let the butter cool to room temperature.

Mix the cake flour and baking powder in a bowl. Brush the scones with a small amount of butter before baking. Rub butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in sugar.

Add buttermilk and knead the dough. 6. Scoop out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a thickness of 1-2cm with a rolling pin. Using a 2-inch (5cm) slotted cutter (be careful not to twist the cutter), cut the scones into medium-sized scones and place them on a baking sheet.

Brush the top with the remaining butter and black tea mixture. 7. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy with friends and family with freshly baked scone fruity jams and of course hot tea.

National Cream Tea Day

This day is celebrated on the last Friday of June. The cream tea society was founded this day to be observed to that Britain can help raise money for charities across the UK.


What is in cream tea?

Cream tea basically has a warm freshly baked scone with jam, cream, and a cup of hot tea.

What is the difference between cream tea and afternoon tea?

The cream tea is just a down version of afternoon tea as it is paired with just scones.

What is the right way to eat cream tea?

Take a scone, break from the center using a hand or a knife, apply a layer of jam in such a way that corners aren’t covered then apply clotted cream and eat it with a hot cup of tea.


Cream tea is a great snack and quite famous in the UK and slowly now is also making its way in the US. If you haven’t tried it yet you are missing out on a lot of taste.

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