A subject of fierce debate has recently reared its ugly head yet again, thanks to a certain Mr Cameron. On a recent visit to North Devon, Prime Minister David Cameron treated himself and Conservative candidate Peter Heaton Jones to a treat, in the form of a cream tea.
Mr Cameron split his scone, spread the jam on, and then finished it off with his clotted cream. This resulted in a series of gasps and shocked looks (maybe a slight over exaggeration!) as Mr Cameron had just committed a faux pas on a grand scale, according to the people of Devon. But just how should you eat a cream tea?
Traditionally, the Scottish import that is the scone did not feature in a cream tea. It has been recorded that as far back as the 11th Century that Devonians ate bread with cream and jam, whereas Cornish folk enjoyed a “split”, which was a form of bread roll. However, the scone has now taken over, and is presented as plain, without any additives such as sultanas or currants.
The traditional jam of choice for a cream tea has always been strawberry, although there are people who will argue that there are better choices out there! A slightly sharper choice of a raspberry or blackcurrant jam might counteract the cream, but the traditional Devonshire method is to use good old strawberry!
Thick and heavy cream should be the plan of action here, with pouring cream out the window. Also worth noting that “squirty” cream should not be found anywhere near this age old tradition! Clotted cream is the most favoured form today, but some people favour whipped double cream. Clotted cream is often referred to as a Cornish invention, when in fact its origin is unknown! However, it is known to have been created in the south west, hence the inclusion of it in a cream tea.
This is where the most heated arguments arise! Devonian people are known to spread the cream on first, and top it with the jam. On the flip side, Cornish folk spread the jam, and then the cream (some even butter the scone first!). Which way is the correct way? Is there a correct way? These are just a few of the questions conjured up by this great South West tradition.
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