Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tea, Cream Tea

Not every afternoon, but sometimes, we would stop our adventures mid afternoon and seek out a tea room that served Cream Tea.

On our first trip to England, we kept seeing the "Cream Tea" signs and being from America, could imagine a cup of tea with a heady crown of whipped cream.

Alas, our third day we did stop for one of those "Cream Teas" and found, alas, no whipped cream on top of the tea, but rather a pot of clotted cream to be eaten on the scone. Always, the cream is "clotted" and sometimes it's Devonshire, sometimes it's Cornish and at other times it's Cotswold.

And although they are all "Cream Teas" -- you'll see that they are all different. Gone is the dear china cups and saucers that we had on earlier visits. Replaced by commercial white china.

But the tea is always good, the scones, as you'll see vary from place to place and the cream may be called by different names but it is always the same. The jam -- strawberry. Always strawberry.

Our first Cream Tea -- our "first" day (the day you land, pick up the car and drive to your first place IS NOT the "first" day!) -- in the village of Lymington at a small shop.

Then, a lovely tea shop and cream tea in Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds

The village of Winchcomb and a dear tea room and the biggest of any of the scones!

Of course, we had a Cream Tea "at home" at Blue Row.

And touring Shakespeare's Haunts makes one "peckish" in the afternoon and so a tea at Stratford Upon Avon.

Lavender scones, bought not baked, delicious served with cream and jam in the garden at Blue Row.

A little crooked house is now a dear tea room in Windsor.

Our last day, in Windsor, near the Castle, a darling tea room.

For our last tea of scones and cream and jam. Sigh. . . .

My waistline is probably happy that that was my last cream tea. Alas, clotted cream is non-existent in my town on the prairie, rare in the city to the north and when you can find it, it is pricey (and to think in England the grocery stores have it and it cost 90 p!!!!)

It's Friday and I can't think of a better food to share with Michael at Designs by Gollum than the Cream Teas we had during our stay in England.

I must say that the scones varied from tea room to tea room. They're easy to make and my newest favorite recipe is Whipping Cream Scones. They're easy to make and oh, so good!!!


2 cups self-rising flour
1 t. sugar
1 c. whipping cream

Combine all ingredients, mix well. Dough will be stiff. Turn dough on floured surface; knead 10 to 12 times. Roll dough to 3/8 inch thick. Cut scones with round cutter. Brush with egg wash (1 egg yolk mixed with 1 T. water). Bake on lightly greased baking sheet at 450 for 10 to 12 minutes.

NOTE: You can add a handful of sultanas for fruit scones if you wish, and you can sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


Bernideen said...

So the pound to the dollar - is that about 4.00L to $8.00 these days? I've been wondering. Thank you for the recipe and all those scones look wonderful.

Mary said...

Oh, yes, we lived in England and loved the cream teas! I make them at home now, but can't get the real clotted cream like over there.

Rose H (UK) said...

I've found a US version of the recipe for home made clotted cream for you :o)
Just don't blame me for expanding waist-lines!
Best wishes
Rose H

Pondside said...

I think your posts on cream teas did damage to my waistline just from looking and dreaming!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh, I wish I was in England, sitting down to a cream tea right now! I love clotted cream and jam on scone. We have so few tea rooms here... it's a shame.

BumbleVee said...

hahhahah... you'll have to take up jogging to get back into shape! But, what fun you've had....and the "teas"!! wow.......

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

You lucky duck, you still in jolly old England. Can't wait to get there! Thanks for sharing!

megan said...

Martha!! I thought I was bad when I had eight cream teas!! :)
Difficult to resist!!!!

My Cozy Corner said...

Hi Martha,
I just returned from Scotland and England and I took your suggestion and had as many Cream Teas as I could. I love the Sultana Scones with butter and strawberry jam. And I love England. But I'm glad to be home where the weather warmer. Love your post.

Rosemary said...

Loved every single picture you shared here... and the recipe couldn't be easier! Wishing I could pop on of those clotted cream covered scones in my mouth right now. Lovely!