What is a Cream Tea in England?
First of all, if you’re planning a trip over here, DO enjoy a cream tea in England when you can!
Have no fear that it’s a revolting mixture of pouring cream into your tea (no, never do that!). Instead it’s an age old tradition of enjoying 4 things together as a teatime (or elevenses) sort of treat:
* Scones (a little bit like American ‘biscuits’ but more risen)
* Clotted Cream (a super-thick, delicious fresh cream made by scalding the milk and letting the fats rise). Alas this isn’t easily available in many countries - excepting a far-less-nice UHT version, so whilst in the UK, be sure to buy a tub from a supermarket of Fresh Clotted Cream
* Jam (usually Strawberry but could be Blackcurrant…Raspberry or something more unusual)
* A cup of tea (usually English Breakfast or Earl Grey)
Those are the components of English Cream Tea, nothing else! A delicious treat to be enjoyed at any time of day but particularly teatime! :D