There was a bit of a conversation going on on Twitter yesterday about alternative preserves to go with a cream tea. It all started with lemon curd, which definitely got a strong vote, particularly when paired with lemon scones, which sounds delicious.
Which got me thinking, as I optimisitically think about cream tea outside in dappled shade and balmy temperatures, just what different preserves might be suitable for the table this year? Here’s a few I’m considering:
I’ve written before about Sugar & Twine, and last summer saw a few cream teas with their Strawberry & Fresh Mint. I think this year I’ll be opting for the Pear & Cardamom, possibly to be paired with some dark choc chip scones. (UPDATE, sadly Sugar & Twine are no longer trading)
Galore! sounds like my kind of business, and these preserves and marmalades are really based on what is in season, then made in small batches. Maybe I’d be lucky, or maybe already gone, but the Plum and Star Anise sounds amazing and certainly unusual. This one won two stars at last year’s Great Taste Awards, so definitely worth seeeking out.
Blueberry and Lime is not a flavour combination that I’ve come across before, but sounds lovely. From The Jammy Cow, this would definitely add some zing to tea time. I can imagine that a lime scone might be ok, not tipping over into gilding the lily! UPDATE – now trading as The Jam Tart.
Radnor Preserves have some wonderful sounding flavours. Blackcurrant and Vanilla would be high on my list, but for sheer summing up of summer than it has to be Gooseberry and Elderflower. I feel a glass of elderflower presse, or perhaps St Germain elderflower liquer added to some fizz, might be just the thing to go with this.
So here’s to hopefully having a summer of lazy, hazy days, and enjoying some lovely afternoons of tea, scones and cream, maybe even fizz on occasion. Failing that, I’m going to just light a fire and have tea in front of that. Love to hear what makes a great cream tea for you.