Cream Tea at Home
Cream tea is perfect for those times you want to have a friend over but don’t want to go all out in preparing a three-course afternoon tea. Instead of tea sandwiches, scones, AND a sweet course, cream tea is made up of just one course — the scones. I jokingly like to refer to cream tea as the poor man’s afternoon tea.
For the scones, don’t forget the clotted cream and the jam — it’s not cream tea without them! When selecting a jam, strawberry is the classic although you can go with any you prefer.
A good tea is also a must. By good tea, I mean it should ideally be loose tea and look like dried whole tea leaves rolled up. If the tea looks crushed or chopped up in small bits and pieces, that indicates a lower quality tea. (This is the type of tea that’s usually in tea bags, which is why I like to opt for loose leaf tea.)
For afternoon tea and cream tea, I usually go for blends like Earl Grey or English Breakfast. If you want to go a little fancier (and more expensive), get pure tea which is only the dried tea leaves which is not mixed or blended with flavors.
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What you’ll need for cream tea for two:
Good quality loose tea to make 4 cups
4 scones (2 per person)
Teapot with strainer that’ll hold 4 cups of tea
2 sets of tea cups and saucers
2 small plates (no bigger than a salad plate)
Small container and spoon for clotted cream
Small container and spoon for jam
Small container for milk
Small container for sugar
2 teaspoons for the tea
2 knives for the scones
I’m in NY and I’m lazy so I went for a 10 minute walk to pick up the scones from Tea & Sympathy. (Actually, go next door to their shop Carry on Tea & Sympathy for scones which come with clotted cream and jam. Easy!) But, if you’re willing, you can bake them yourself with our Easy Scones recipe.
And last but not least, if you’re wondering if there is a proper way to eat scones. YES, THERE IS.
The Basics of Eating a Scone Properly
 Scoop out clotted cream and jams onto your plate. Enough for one scone.
 Break apart a small bite-sized portion of scone with your hands — NEVER with a knife.
 Use a knife to slather on cream and jam onto the piece of scone.
 The bite-sized piece of scone should be eaten in 1-2 bites.