The Dartmoor National Park, Devon receives tourists from all over the world, and one thing that almost everyone wants to experience is a Devon Cream Tea. If you love making things from scratch, this little article will tell you how.There are places where you can find one of the best Devon cream tea, but you can just make yours instead of looking at buying from cafes. All you need is the following ingredients.
- 7oz (200g) Plain flour
- 1tsp Salt
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4tbsp cold butter – chopped
- 5floz (150ml) cold milk
- Two heaped tbsp plain yogurt
Preheat the oven to 425 F/220C. Pour the dry ingredients into a bowl then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.Dollop in the yogurt and stir in the cold milk gradually, to form a soft dough. Roll out until 1/2 inch thick and cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter, or an upturned wine glass.
Strawberry jam is a tasty addition to a breakfast of Doven cream tea. All you need to make your own jam is a bucket of strawberry and few other additions. Here are what you need to get started:
- 5-6 Jars with lids, pre-warmed in the oven on the lowest temperature
- 1 3/4 lbs strawberries (800g)
- 2lbs (1kg) jam sugar (the type with pectin added)
- One knob of butter
Crush all the strawberries with a potato masher and place them in a saucepan. Add the sugar and heat gently while stirring continuously, until all the sugar dissolves. Add the knob of butter. Increase the heat and bring the jam to a rolling boil, one that rises in the pan and cannot be stirred down. Begin timing and boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and using a jug or mug, pot the jam, place waxed discs on top and put the lids on. Leave to cool.
is a divine substance, sent from heaven to make dieting futile! Few people make it at home, but it’s not difficult. Take two pints of Jersey or Guernsey full cream milk. Pour in a bowl and let it stand for around six hours (it may need longer in winter), for the cream to rise to the surface remove the cream and pour it in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Heat until rings form on the surface of the cream. The clotted cream will again rise to the top. Skim this off and store it somewhere cool for twelve hours, after which time a thick yellow crust will have formed on the surface.
Devon Cream Tea
Make a pot of your favorite tea. The best pick is the English breakfast (at any time of day), or Assam tea. On a plate, assemble two plain scones per person, a tablespoon of home-made strawberry jam, and two tablespoons of clotted cream. Scoff the whole lot while drinking the tea, then sit somewhere warm and cozy for a little doze.