A Proper Cornish Cream Tea

14 February 2021

One of the must have treats during your visit to Cornwall is a traditional and proper Cornish cream tea. With freshly made scones, home-made strawberry jam and Rodda's clotted cream, there's nothing better for an afternoon treat (jam on the scone first of course - the Cornish way!).

There are lots of places to enjoy your Cornish cream tea including hotels with sea views (like the Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth) and cosy tea rooms (De Wynns, Falmouth).

Or, if you'd like to bake your own delicious scones, these are possibly the easiest baking treat and a home baked scone will be the best complement to your jam and clotted cream. Follow this recipe from Roddas for Proper Cornish Scones


tick-icon-small.png 500g plain flour

tick-icon-small.png 15g baking powder

tick-icon-small.png pinch of salt

tick-icon-small.png 100g caster sugar

tick-icon-small.png 100g diced butter

tick-icon-small.png 250ml milk

tick-icon-small.png 1 egg



Sieve flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.

Using just your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it is no longer visible.

Add the milk and mix well. Once it starts to come together, turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a smooth, soft dough.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees /Gas Mark 6.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2.5 cm thick and cut into rounds with a 5cm cutter. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

For the egg wash, beat the egg in a small bowl and brush the tops of the scones twice.

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes. Do not over-bake them or they will be dry.

Serve them warm with Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.