Last week, I had my first cream tea in about ten years.
Yes, I know, I live in North Devon and have spent a decade without the infamous cream, scones and jam combination. I even worked in a shop selling the things for three years. It's basically blasphemy.
But, with some relatives coming down to visit, Mother unearthed a packet of Helen's Brilliant Scone Mix from the back of the cupboard I had meaning to review for some time and got baking.
I returned home from a hen weekend in Bristol (but that's another blog post!) to find a tin of freshly baked gluten free scones waiting for me, and, well, it would have been rude not to, right?
Searching the fridge for cream and jam, I managed to find a half-empty jar of the most amazing jam in the world, EVER. We used to sell it at the Old Cream Shop in Croyde where I worked - I'm not sure if they do it anymore, but it's STRAWBERRY AND CHAMPAGNE, and yes, it IS as amazing as it sounds!
So I layered on the DEVON Clotted Cream first then the jam on top - this seemed the least messy way to do it!
The scones were really easy to cut in half and didn't crumble at all. I asked mother how she had found the mix to cook with and she said it had been really simple.
You add the liquid and mix until it thickens, then 'dollop it onto the tray' as she so delightfully put it - and Bob's your Uncle. Scones galore.
I took my slightly boozy cream tea out into the sunshine and enjoyed with a coffee (my coffee-free lifestyle seemed to suffer a bit post-hen party, though I am slowly getting there again!).
Now, I have absolutely no idea what a 'normal' scone should taste like, but there were pretty damn good. They were soft and didn't fall apart of dry out my mouth like some gluten free stuff can.
Even a couple of days later they still tasted fresh and I didn't have to do anything to them. I did zap my next one in the microwave though for 20 seconds as I liked the idea of a warm scone with my cream and jam.
As for the jam, well, I think strawberry and champagne speaks for itself really - when I manage to find some more of the stuff I'll definitely let you know where!
I've seen this scone mix in Sainsbury's so if you fancy some delightful cream teas to enjoy during them *ahem* supposed summer we are meant to be having, then I'd give it a go.
Alternatively, you could set up an indoor picnic, close the curtains, get some bright lamps and pretend the summer is here....just indoors!
Have you tried making gluten free scones or have you enjoyed a cream tea out and about? Share your gluten free cream tea experiences by commenting below!