Would You Like Cream With That?

To coincide with National Cream Tea Day today, Head of Marketing, Ceris Hymas, provides a selection of scone recipes to keep you busy in isolation.  

Whether you are cream first and jam second or jam first and cream second, or perhaps you just like a savoury scone, there is a recipe out there for everyone. You may not know that the last Friday in June is National Cream Tea Day. We certainly cannot get more British than a day purely dedicated to the Cream Tea and it would be rude not to celebrate with some homemade scone recipes.

I have a particular soft spot for the Great British Cream Tea, as this was a craving of mine whilst pregnant with my twins 6 years ago. I was so obsessed with a perfectly made scone, topped with jam and cream (yes, I’m a jam followed by cream lover), that I distinctly remember popping out during my lunch break to buy scones, jam and clotted cream for the whole office. They were all very appreciative of my excessive Cream Tea craving, which is proof in itself that most people enjoy a good scone.

I have trawled through the recipe archives to bring you a selection of traditional, unusual and simply delicious scones. I would like to say I have had time to try them all myself, but with three children and a lockdown to contend with, I’m afraid the recipes are still on my to-do list. Please do let me know which are your favourites.

The Traditional Scone

Mary Berry’s Scones – Mary Berry is one of my favourite chef’s, mainly because my 5 year old twins seem to love watching her with me. It’s a somewhat unusual programme choice for their age, but it has encouraged them to enjoy baking and cooking and we enjoy the time together. This is why her recipe made top of the pile. Click here to view the recipe.

Classic Scones with Cream and Jam – BBC Good Food is always a good website for recipes and I often use it for a quick evening family meal. Their scone recipe lives up to the usual good standard and is simple to follow. Click here to view the recipe.

The Savoury Scone

Easy Cheese Scones – With only five ingredients, this easy cheesy scone recipe can be made in just 25 minutes and you don’t even have to wait for them to cool down to enjoy. A perfect treat for a rainy day, these are best served hot with melted butter and a cup of tea. Click here to view the recipe.

Rosemary Scones – I am a big fan of anything with rosemary and it is one of the only herbs I have actually managed to keep alive in my garden. This recipe is a bit more complicated and requires a number of ingredients, but with garden gatherings now allowed, this could be the perfect treat for your visitors to enjoy on a warm evening with a glass of Italian red. Click here to view the recipe.

Bacon, Cheddar and Chive – If you are bored of the standard go-to lunch recipes, why not try these Bacon, Cheddar and Chive scones with a bowl of soup or a salad. These rich and cheesy scones are packed with flavour and are perfect for those growing fresh chives in the garden. Click here to view the recipe.

Recipes for the Adventurous

Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones – These two flavours are my favourite combination and go perfectly with a chilled bottle of Rose on a summer’s day. These scones are certainly for anyone with a sweet tooth and are best served with raspberry jam and whipped cream. Click here to view the recipe.

Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze – For those who enjoy something a bit more bitter, these scones are refreshing and zingy and don’t need any other preparation. Simply take one out of the tin and serve with a chilled glass of citrussy white. Click here to view the recipe.

Hot Cross Scones – You don’t need to wait for Easter to enjoy these spicy treats. A completely different alternative to the traditional scone and stuffed full of chocolate, mixed spices and sultanas. These will be a family favourite that even the children and grandchildren will enjoy. Click here to view the recipe.

If you are still looking for some more scone inspiration, The National Trust website also have a number of recipes, with some unusual flavours such as stem ginger and rhubarb and summer berry. Click here to visit their site.

With so many recipes to choose from, we are positive you will find one to enjoy during isolation. We would love to hear about your scone successes, so feel free to email your baking stories to me at ceris.hymas@pmw.co.uk. Happy baking!