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Cream Tea Day

Indulge in life's sweeter things this Cream Tea Day - fresh scones, tangy jams, thick cream, and a soothing cup of tea! Enjoy the delight.
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Raise your pinkies high and summon your most British accent, because June 28 is the day we celebrate the quintessential English tradition, it's Cream Tea Day! A tradition that dates back centuries, cream tea, also known as Devonshire Tea or Cornish Cream Tea, was traditionally served in the afternoon as a mini meal to curb hunger between lunch and a late evening meal. With homemade scones slathered with sumptuous clotted cream and tart jam, all served alongside a refreshing pot of tea, it's an indulgence not to be missed. So get ready to sit back, enjoy the brew, and indulge in the very best that life has to offer. Let the celebrations for Cream Tea Day begin!

History of Cream Tea Day

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Cream Tea Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1662</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Tea in England</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tea was introduced to England by Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1840</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Afternoon Tea</div><div class='timeline-text'>Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, started the tradition of afternoon tea in the 19th century as a way to curb her hunger between meals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1870s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Cream Tea</div><div class='timeline-text'>The satisfying combination of scones, clotted cream and jam, now known as cream tea, became popular in Victorian England in the later half of the 19th century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spread of Cream Tea Tradition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cream Tea began to find its place in public cafes and tea rooms globally, further popularizing the classic British tradition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Cream Tea Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>June 28 was marked as the first Cream Tea Day, officially recognizing the important role of this British custom in our culinary world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Cream Tea Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a cream tea party</h3><p class='facts-text'>You can celebrate Cream Tea Day by hosting a tea party. Invite your friends and family over for an afternoon of gossip, laughter, and scones slathered with clotted cream and jam. Add some fancy finger sandwiches and cakes to the menu to make it even grander.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Arrange a cream tea picnic</h3><p class='facts-text'>A picnic in a local park or on the beach with cream teas would add a memorable twist to Cream Tea Day. Pack your picnic basket with scones, jam, cream, and of course, plenty of tea. Don't forget the picnic blanket and cushions for comfort!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Make homemade scones</h3><p class='facts-text'>You could bake your own scones to serve with clotted cream and jam. Use a traditional recipe for authenticity! The sweet scent lingering in the house makes baking scones for Cream Tea Day feel extra special.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Experiment with different teas</h3><p class='facts-text'>Try out different types of tea with your cream tea. Traditional black tea is often served, but there's no reason not to try green tea, oolong, or a fruity herbal blend on Cream Tea Day. The choice is yours!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Learn how to make clotted cream</h3><p class='facts-text'>Try making your own clotted cream! It takes some time, but it's straightforward – all you need is heavy cream and an oven. Making your own adds an extra touch of authenticity to your Cream Tea Day celebration.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Cream Tea Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>An Opportunity to Socialize</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cream Tea Day is an excellent excuse to gather with friends and family and enjoy their company over a lovely spread of scones, tea, and cream. Whether you're hosting a party or having a picnic, the holiday promotes social connections and good times.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Encourages Culinary Creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cream Tea Day is a great reason to try your hand at baking if you don't normally do so. Whether making scones or clotted cream from scratch or experimenting with different types of tea, this holiday pushes us to try something new and fun in the kitchen.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's an Indulgent Treat</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Ultimately, above all else, Cream Tea Day is loved because it is an opportunity to indulge in the simpler joys of life – delectable homemade scones with delicious clotted cream and jam, paired with calming tea. It's a day to put the diet aside, relax, and treat ourselves.</p></div></div>

5 Delectable Facts for National Cream Tea Day

<div class='facts-list'><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tea was Initially a Luxury Item in England</h3><p class='facts-content'>Introduced in England in the 1660s, tea was predominantly enjoyed by the upper class as a luxury item because of its high cost due to import taxes. It was only in the mid-18th century, when the tax was significantly reduced, that tea became accessible to wider sections of society.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's an Art to Serving Cream Tea</h3><p class='facts-content'>Traditionally, the scones are split open, then spread first with jam and topped with clotted cream. This style is known as the Devon method. However, if you go to Cornwall, you'll find it served their way—clotted cream first followed by a spoonful of jam.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Scones Have Regional Variety</h3><p class='facts-content'>While today we associate scones with round shapes, different regions have their own traditional shapes. For instance, in Devon and Cornwall, scones are round whereas in Derbyshire they are made oval. Crumb structure can vary too with some regions preferring denser scones while others opting for lighter ones.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Clotted Cream Has Protected Status</h3><p class='facts-content'>Similar to Champagne in France, 'Cornish Clotted Cream' has a Protected Designation of Origin by EU law. This means that clotted cream can only be labeled as 'Cornish' if it is made in Cornwall using traditional methods and locally produced milk.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Cream Tea Day Raises Funds for Charity</h3><p class='facts-content'>Organized by The Cream Tea Society, a joint initiative by Rodda’s and Tiptree, National Cream Tea Day also raises funds for charitable causes, including Marie Curie and Action Medical Research. The day not only celebrates the lovely tradition but also reinforces the spirit of giving.</p></div></div></div>

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