Of all the foodie days on the calendar, one of my top favourites is National Cream Tea Day! I am an avid fan of all things tea time, and a good home-made fluffy scone is my idea of heaven when topped with rich, golden clotted cream and a dollop of fruity strawberry jam.
However, I am also a cheese addict and I adore cheese scones, especially when made at home to accompany bowls of thick velvety soup and hearty stews; but, there’s more to a cheese scone than acting simply as an accompaniment to the above, so why not make cheese scones the star of National Cream Tea Day as part of a savoury cream tea?
My three recipes for Cheese and chive scones, Quick tomato relish and Herb and garlic cream cheese will offer all savoury afternoon tea lovers the chance to indulge in a cream tea with a difference, and you can still enjoy a pot of tea to go with your cheesy, herb and tomato treats. A robust tea is what’s needed, and one of my favourites is assam, a dark and malty black tea with attitude.
As someone who was recently in Sri Lanka, and who had the privilege of ‘plucking tea’ over there, as well enjoying a tea tasting session in one of the plantations, another tea that would be the perfect accompaniment would be a Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe tea, which is a tea full of character and flavour, and one that would hold its own when enjoyed with the cheese scones, tomato relish and herb cream cheese.
So, if cheese is more your thing, then here’s the perfect trio of recipes for you to make and enjoy this National Cream Tea Day, with a pot of tea of course, and why not make it a sweet and savoury affair by offering rich fruit scones with jam and cream for the ‘dessert’ course of your cream tea too!