With National Cream Tea Day happening on Friday June 29th, we couldn’t resist joining in with the celebrations and talking about our favourite cream teas. Being in Wales, we wanted to do things a little differently to the usual Westcountry tradition, so we’ve put together a few quirky alternatives that are well worth a try. Take a look below – there’s something scrummy to satisfy both those with a sweet tooth and lovers of savoury.
Lemon cream tea
These scones have a zesty twist, with both lemon zest and lemon juice adding the citrus flavour; they are also topped with a lemon glaze for a hint of sweetness. Perfect for the summer, we recommend topping off these scones with clotted cream and lemon curd to complete the delicious lemon cream tea.
Find the recipe at All About Afternoon Tea.
Chilli cream tea
Add a kick to your cream tea with a hint of chilli, which works wonderfully well with cheddar also added to the scone mix too. Top with thick and dreamy cream cheese and chilli jam for a truly tasty, spicy and savoury treat!
Find the recipe at Recipes from a Normal Mum.
Pumpkin spice cream tea
These pumpkin spice scones are a popular treat in American Starbucks stores alongside its signature latte. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg all add another level to these scrummy scones. Add some cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for an all-American twist on the classic cream tea.
Find the recipe at Inspired Taste.
Curry cream tea
Curry is one of Britain’s favourite dishes, so it makes sense to combine the flavours of the east with a national and traditional staple from the west. The curry powder helps to liven up these savoury scones and adds a yummy twist. There are a few options on how best to top these scones – mint raita, mango chutney and lime pickle are just a few of our favourites.
Find the recipe at RecipeYum.
Chocolate cream tea
It’s hard to resist chocolate at the best of times, but with this amazing cream tea resistance is futile! The scones feature chocolate chips to make them twice as chocolatey and spread with chocolate Philadelphia, plus chocolate spread on the top it makes an ultra-indulgent cream tea.
Find the recipe at Baking a Moment.
Mediterranean cream tea
Feta, olives and tomatoes – all much-loved flavours of the Mediterranean that can now be found in the humble cream tea. Topped with cream cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes, chopped up small, the taste will immediately transport you to sunnier, laid-back climes, even on a rainy day.
Find the recipe at Delia Online.
Cinnamon cream tea
This tasty cinnamon cream tea is perfect for giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, particularly on a chilly day. The cinnamon is a constant throughout this beautiful scone, with unusual cinnamon chocolate chips and is also included in the topping which is a cream cheese frosting and a dusting of said cinnamon.
Find the recipe at The Spruce.
Toffee cream tea
Sweet sticky toffee makes everything better and it is the perfect ingredient to add to a cream tea. The clotted cream and caramel spread on top helps to make this one special toffee treat.
Find the recipe at The Gunny Sack.
Garlic and herb cream tea
Packed with garlic, cheddar and chives, these scones have a gorgeous, buttery taste to them. Spread a herby cream cheese and onion chutney on top for an impossible-to-resist savoury snack.
Find the recipe at Little Spice Jar.
Apple and blackberry cream tea
Finally, apples and blackberries are always a winning combination and are the perfect autumnal addition to this cream tea. Sultanas and apples give the scones a lovely fruity flavour and a huge dollop of clotted cream and blackberry jam is the ideal way to top them off.
Find the recipe at SortedFood.
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