A cream tea (also known as a Devonshire tea, Devon cream tea or Cornish cream tea) is a pot of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. But what is the difference between a Cornish Cream Tea and a Devon Cream Tea?
There are many debates between Cornwall and Devon about the true origin of the “Cream Tea”. A campaign was launched at the Devon County Show in May 2010 to have the name "Devon cream tea" protected within the European Union under Protected Designation of Origin rules. This sparked fierce debate over the origin of the cream tea in the West.
Both Devon and Cornish teas have the same ingredients of tea, scones, jam and clotted cream. Traditionally it is important that the scones be warm, ideally, freshly baked. The cream should be clotted rather than whipped cream, and the jam strawberry rather than any other variety. Butter is generally not included.
It is how the scone is assembled that subtly differs. The difference is whether the cream is added to the scone first, followed by the jam or if the jam is added to the scone first, followed by the cream.
Devon cream tea
The name "Devonshire tea" comes from the county of Devon, England. The Devon method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top.
Cornish Cream Tea
The name "Cornish Cream Tea" comes from the county of Cornwall, England. In Cornwall, the scone is first spread with strawberry jam, with the cream added as the topping.
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