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Friday, 11 April 2008

Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberries

When I saw Equal Opportunity Kitchen was hosting an event for Tried, Tested & True food, I couldn’t wait to participate. I wanted to submit something that evokes memories from being a child right up to my present day. I wanted to submit something that is classically English and a recipe of mine that has been well and truly tried and tested for many years.

As a child my parents took the family to Devon for holidays. Devon is diverse in rolling hills of green pastures with Dartmoor National Park where you will find horses roaming with their foals, picturesque little villages and vales and seaside resorts like Torquay and also little sea coves, which are very scenic. One heat wave of a summer when my children were little, hubby and I spent a most charming holiday in Devon. We visited a most quaint little village called Widecombe in the Moor located within the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. It has a delightful village green where we found horses grazing with their foals and we spotted a little tea shop. We sat outside in the glorious sunshine at a table with a white crisp linen tablecloth and devoured greedily with glee, fresh baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and thick fruity strawberry jam, for refreshments English tea was served alongside. I have through the years recreated this most wonderful experience on warm sunny afternoons sat on my patio taking afternoon tea with my family. This is very quaint and typically English but a truly salivating decadent afternoon tea experience!

These scones are best described as, slightly sweetened with an outstanding soft light airy interior texture and served with glorious dollops of rich sublime clotted cream and fresh succulent ripened sweet strawberries. Now just watch for those drips of juiciness as you sink your teeth into pure heavenly delights should you try this recipe out yourself *giggle*.

My friends I have pleasure in sharing with you, one of my favourite of all time recipes. If you are unable to find clotted cream, whisked double cream is a good substitute. You can either use fresh strawberries as I have or use strawberry jam. The greatest tip for making scones I can give you would be, not to work the dough for too long or your scones will not be light and airy.

Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberries

Makes approximately 20 scones

500g (1lb 2oz) self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g (4 oz) butter
50g (2 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Approx 425ml (¼ pint of milk)
A little milk for brushing the tops
A little caster sugar for sprinkling on the tops
For Serving
Clotted cream
Fresh ripe strawberries or strawberry jam
You will also need 2 large baking trays lined with non-stick paper, a circular cutter 5cm (2 in)


Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/450°F/Gas mark 6

Sieve the flour and baking powder together into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub through with your finger tips and thumb until it resembles breadcrumbs. Now add the sugar and mix through gently. Add the eggs and enough of the milk to make workable dough. Turn out onto the work surface and lightly knead quickly into a ball shape. Roll out to thickness of 1cm (½ in) and stamp out with the cutter. Place onto the lined baking trays and lightly brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle over a little sugar. Place into the oven to bake for approximately 10 -15 minutes until golden. Place onto a wire rack to cool and serve with clotted cream, fresh strawberries or strawberry jam.

Note: You may have to lightly re-roll the dough mixture to make 20 scones. Try not to work the dough too much or the scones will become heavy and not a light and airy texture that is needed.


Maria said...

Rosie these are truly beautiful and you have taken me back to the holiday we took in Devon a few years back and also experienced wonderful freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam ;o)


Psychgrad said...

My first experience with clotted cream was about 7 years ago. I spent some time living in London and took a weekend trip to Cornwall. Is there a difference between clotted cream in Cornwall and Devon?

I do see some clotted cream sold in the grocery stores here, but I'm always skeptical about its origin and age.

Thank you for participating in Tried, Tested and True! These scones would make a beautiful snack for an afternoon tea.

Happy cook said...

I have hears so mpuch about these scones and the cream, but never had the ple&asure of tasting them.
Looks delicious.

RecipeGirl said...

How lovely! I don't know that I've ever seen clotted cream around here. I do love a great classic scone recipe!

glamah16 said...

I daw a picture of Devon and it looked reallt beautiful. One Day. This looks like a perfect recipe to add brighntess on the rainy Friday with some tea.

Cakelaw said...

Rosie, I am groaning with pleasure looking at these. I am a huge fan of scones, but rarely make them because it is hard to eat a batch by yourself, and it is always messy at work.

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, isn’t it such a treat to sit and have a cream tea in Devon these scones evoke so many fond memories for me and the family too :D

Hi Psychgrad, I think it is much the same clotted cream *but please don’t quote me on this should I be wrong*. Here in England most large supermarkets sell lovely pots of Devonshire clotted cream.
Thank you so much for a great foodie event – I have thoroughly enjoyed baking my scones for this :D

Hi Happy, oh you MUST try this recipe if you haven’t had scones with cream and jam or fresh fruit. Double or thick cream whisked up is lovely if you can’t get clotted cream.

Hi Recipegirl, awe what a shame regarding the clotted cream but like I advised Happy, double (thick) whipping cream would be lovely with these scones too. Glad you like the recipe :D

Hi Coco, it sure is such a treat to have a lovely scone for afternoon tea. Devon is very picturesque and such a lovely place to visit.

Hi Cakelaw, what I do is freeze some of my scones after baking and cooling then thaw them when I require them, they always seem to taste fine. I’d have a good go at eating them but two is my limit ;D

Thanks Ladies for calling by and always lovely to *see* you all

Best wishes Rosie x

Deborah said...

I have never had clotted cream, but I have always wanted to try it (even though it doesn't sound very appetizing!) These scones sound wonderful!

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

Beautiful Rosie, I could eat one right now!
Vicky xxx

Dhivya said...

love starwberrys.looks so wonderful and yummy..nice way to eat the berrys

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

They really look delicious. I've never tried clotted cream (in Italy we don't have it unfortunately and I've never tried even when I was living in London years ago) but these scones look really fantastic.
Very good!

Ivy said...

Rosie apart from making me drool you brought back nice memories with your post as one of my best friends from school was from Torquay.

sandhya said...

lovely scones... i can eat anything with strawberries...

Rosie said...

Hi Ivy, thank you, and I am so pleased I was able to evoke fond memories of your school friend from Torquay.

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi sandhya, the strawberries did go well with the scones. I'm also lover of strawberries one of my favourite fruits.

Best wishes Rosie x

ruthEbabes said...

I've been craving scones for about a week now. This has just sent me over the edge... might just make scones for dinner instead of what I had planned lol

Antonia said...

I haven't had a freshly baked scone for ages - I am really craving one now! Just delicious. I love them straight out of the oven whilst still hot and I know it is not traditional, but I like to add sultanas too. Yours look absolutely wonderful!

Peter M said...

The only clotted cream I've seen here is in a can at the supermarket (no comparison to this stuff).

It's offerings like this that make High Tea still relevant.

dabrah said...

Hi Rosie, Those scones look absolutely delicious. I hope you have a nice weekend.

Uma said...

scones are my fav. love the way you made them. nicely presented.

Gloria said...

Rosie, your scones are really lovely and yummy!!!! xGloria

Pixie said...

Rosie, One day we'll have to meet and we can have a cuppa together as well as these wonderful scones! I'm certainly trying this one for myself!!!!

Sylvie said...

I love scones. Who could say no to such a wonderful treat!

Lore said...

The fact that I consider myself being a salty/savoury fan as opposed to a sweet treat fan starts to lack credibility since I always find myself craving something sweet after I read your posts :))
Your scones look simply stunning! Many thanks for the tip, I will have to remember that one.

MrsB said...

rosie, your scones look delightful. They are one of my favourite things and remind me of coming home from school to freshly baked scones just out of the oven. i love them with strawberries and cream!

Priscilla said...

Strawberries are my fav and those look delicious! Perfect for a spring dessert.

Anonymous said...

Oh my Rosie, I love scones. I've tasted really good ones on the mountains in Melbourne Australia. :) This eaten with tea brings me to heaven.


Anonymous said...

My, my, my Rosie they look amazing. So well presented too. Can I have one please?

George xx

Kelly-Jane said...

Scones, how lovely :) I've not tried clotted dream either, I must remedy this soon!

Donna said...

I may be on "vacation", but I'm parked right next to an AIRPORT!!!LOL....My Word this looks GREAT!!!hughugs

Grace said...

these remind of my current dessert obsession--strawberry shortcake. i've never experienced clotted cream, but i don't think there's any way i wouldn't like it! :)

Coffee & Vanilla said...

It sounds really good... since I came to UK I did not really like scones, I did not know how to eat them ;)
Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Kevin said...

Those look so good! Strawberries, cream and scones, what a great combo!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmm. A good portion of my childhood was spent in Dorset, gorging myself on cream teas! These look lovely - will they provoke a strawberries v strawberry jam debate, I wonder?! Oh, and another tip to try one day, perhaps - using buttermilk instead of milk to make the scones with is supposed to work wonders...

Rosie said...

Many thanks my ‘dear’ friends for all your very kind comments :)

Clotted cream is outstanding in taste very creamy and rich, there is no comparison to double cream.
I do hope to make a clotted cream ice cream in the summer season here in England.

I’m not sure Peter what the tined version would taste like being so lucky to find it fresh here.

Hi George, of course you can have some – I’ll bake another batch up asap ;)

Hi Donna, come on over sweetie anytime! Have a great holiday hugshugs :)

Hi Ruth , awe thanks sweetie and I hope you enjoy your scones :)
Hi Pixie , this is a nice quick recipe and they can be made in a flash – yes it would be lovely to take afternoon tea together :)

Hi Antonia, it’s nice to play around with a basic recipe and add fruit to even make them savoury – i Have a lovely cheese and herb recipe on my blog too for scones.

Hi K.J ooooh clotted cream is a must try never forgotten treat :)
Hi Grace I love strawberry shortcake too :)

Hi margot, I hope you will try these out :)

HI AFFO spaghetti, buttermilk would be great in this recipe ,mmmm. I like mine with strawberry jam or fresh strawberries :D

Hi Kevin, Thanks the combo is a lovely treat :)

Hi Amelia, oh what a scenic place to eat scones :)

Hi Priscilla, it was such a treat here as strawberries are not in season yet roll on the summer for more cream teas ;)

Hi Mrs B, just wonderful to rush home from school to freshly baked scones – perfect! :)

Hi Lore, I have been known to be called a temptress when it comes to sweet desserts lol :)

Hi Sylvie, I know I couldn’t say no hahaha my sweet tooth rules me :)

Hi Gloria, awe thank you sweetie :)

Hi Uma, thank you so very sweet if you :)

Hi dabrah, thank you and I hope you are having a great weekend too :)

Thanks for calling by and always lovely to *see* you all here :D

best wishes Rosie x

Rhyleysgranny said...

Rosie I love scones and clotted cream. I am drooling. Your pics are sooooooo good too

Cakespy said...

The first time my family ever left the USA for a vacation, it was to England, and this is the first thing we ate when we arrived. I can still taste it--it was the beginning of an everlasting love affair!

White On Rice Couple said...

Whisking the double cream is easy for us now. But we still want to try to get our hands on the clotted cream! There is a local store here that sells specialty food and tea items from England. I wonder if they'll have some clotted cream....?
Thanks Rosie for another great food lesson and we'll go ahead and order two plates full of your scones please! :)

The Caked Crusader said...

Scones and clotted cream are truly a marriage made in heaven. If I hadn't made some recently (and really rather over-indulged!) you would have got me running to my kitchen!
Beatiful scones and great photos

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Rosie

I love the simplicity of these and adore the beauty of the tempting cream and strawberries with scones!!

Lovely as always !!

Sagari said...

just want to bite in to those scones rosie ,beautiful pics too

Rosie said...

Hi Brenda, thank you so much :) I am trying to take better photos for my blog and learning along the way.

Hi Cakespay, you can’t beat a cream tea in the right setting and I am pleased you managed to have one here in England :)

Hi White On Rice Couple, I do hope you manage to buy and try some clotted cream it tastes so different from double cream. Awe bless you can have a plate full of these scones too :D

Hi The Caked Crusader , thank you :D I so love a good scone now and again.

Hi swati, you are so kind thank you.

Hi Sargi, here you go passing one over to bite into :D

Many thanks for all your very kind comments

Best wishes Rosie x

Gigi said...

Rosie, Rosie, your scones look absolutely divine! I love that you paired them with fresh berries. ...mmm!

Emiline said...

Ohhh, this sounds amazing. I want!
It reminds me of strawberry shortcake.

Mansi Desai said...

ooh!! those scones look inviting indeed Rosie! I sent my favorite pasta for the same event as nothing is more tried and tested for me!:)

Margaret said...

You've made me think of summer! I love scones with clotted cream and strawberries and yours look delicious. Will have to pass on the cup of tea though - make mine a coffee please!

Lina said...

So cute! I love the photos!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

I love scones Rosie & these are 'magnifique'!! Scones & clotted cream are very English & perfect for tea. Have bookmarked your post....absolutely lovely! XOXO

Rosie said...

Hi Gigi, I try to use fresh fruit wherever possible and those strawberries were mighty yummy :D

Hi Emiline, yes it is very much like strawberry shortcake – I have this on my list of bakes too :D

Hi Mansi, it’s a great event isn’t it with all these great recipes to look through in the round up :D

Hi M, no problems sweetie I’ll go and make you a coffee asap :D

Hi Lina, awe thank you very much :D

Hi Deeba, many thanks and I feel honoured coming from such great talent as yourself :D

Many thanks my ‘dear’ friends for calling by always lovely to *see* you!

Best wishes Rosie x

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

In one sentence 'simply loved your scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberries'
i wish i am there 1

Rosie said...

Thank you anamika and I too wiah you were here to share them with you :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Ann said...

Just gorgeous! I love clotted cream! And I am trying to perfect scone-making, so I will definitely try your recipe!

Sunshinemom said...

Thats a beautiful one! My attempt on scones was a flop. Will try this recipe next time!

Rosie said...

Hi ann & sunshine mum, lovely to *see* you :)

I hope you both enjoy my recipe for scones :D

Best wishes Rosie x