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Devon Cream Tea

Devon cream tea is the name for an afternoon tea featuring the especially rich cream produced by Devon’s cows. It is simply scones with Devon cream and strawberry jam. There’s always a debate about cream or jam first. The answer in Devon is cream first. If you put the jam first then it’s called a Cornish cream tea!


Yield:  8 – 10 scones

Equipment required: medium bowl, measuring spoons and cups, board, rolling pin, 2”cookie cutter, small bowl, small pastry brush, half sheet tray.


2¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar

3 ounces cold sweet butter, cut into chunks
½ cup milk

2 teaspoons milk

2 cups Devon clotted cream, mascarpone or crème fraiche
2 cups strawberry jam

Pre-heat oven to 450.
Combine dry ingredients. Toss cold butter pieces with fork or pastry blender to form pea sized pieces and breadcrumbs.
Add milk and mix lightly till just combined.
Gather into a ball. Transfer to floured board and flatten to ¾”.
Cut out with 2’ round cookie cutter.
Place on sheet tray separated from each other
Brush tops with milk.
Place in oven and turn heat down to 425 degrees.
Bake till risen and golden. About 10 – 12 minutes.

To serve, cut in half horizontally, spread with clotted cream and top with jam. Enjoy with a cup of tea!

Home-baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, often served with a cup of tea. Known as a cream tea.

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