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Parkdean Devon Cream Tea Hamper

If there's anything me and my folks are partial to; it's a traditional cream tea. My dad went through a phase last summer where he would bake his own but we soon got sick of them as he just kept on baking batch after batch! However, now it's summer (well, apparently it is), we are back to spending our weekend afternoons in the garden induldging on jam and cream scones.


Apparently, more and more Brits are choosing to spend their Summer holidays somewhere in Britain and can you blame us? It's becoming super scary to travel anywhere abroad these days! Infact, this is what me and my family did for years as I was growing up. Every summer holiday we would travel around in a campervan that my dad owned. One of my earliest holiday memories is going to Devon and trying out fishing for the first time with my dad. He bought me my very own fishing rod (a kid's one!) and I remember catching a fish and being so proud as I had been waiting ages and was getting impatient! However, I then got confused when my dad let the fish go and wouldn't let me keep it to take home as a pet! If you are interested in my travel type posts, I have a whole load over here!

To celebrate the wonder and existence of a traditional cream tea, I was kindly sent a gorgeous wicker hamper from Devon Hampers* filled with traditional cream tea goodies. Being the 'cream first, jam second' type of person, I have adopted the Devonshire way of enjoying a scone. Interesting! Inside was some freshly baked scones, fresh clotted cream, shortbread biscuits with a sweet jam middle, traditional Devonshire clotted fudge, some fresh and home made strawberry jam and two bottles of traditional cider.


The traditional scone originates from Devon and Cornwall but did you know both places eat them completely differently? A survey carried out by Parkdean showed that 62% of women are usually always tempted by a traditional scone; whether it's Devonshire or Cornish. Majority of the survey agreed that jam should go first and then cream on top. Infact, there was a double amount of people who agreed jam first!

I however, am not in the majority vote as I would find it so strange putting jam on first and then cream. Cream has to go on first and then jam as a sweet topping! Isn't it weird how we all have opposing opinions on how things should be?


The scones were really nice but not crumbly like the traditional scone. They were fluffy and not too sweet so seemed perfect for such a sweet topping. All of my family agreed that the clotted cream was really nice and really did taste as fresh as can be. I am a huge fan of strawberry jam anyway and I am happy to say this was really fruity and ripe too! However, my favourite things were the shortbread biscuits which tasted as if they had recently been baked. The sweet strawberry filling was just enough to send anyone's taste buds crazy!


Question is; how do you eat your scone? Jam or cream first? I'm really interested to hear your thoughts below!

24 comments

  1. this is so cute, drooling over those scones! i'm visiting london for the second time at the end of next month but i'm sure it'll be a lot colder by then haha

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Me too! I would kill for a jam scone right now haha! Ah yes, it is certainly getting colder every day. I think it's almost tights weather soon! I hope you enjoy your visit to London :)

      Ashleigh x

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  2. Is it really controversial that I don't like clotted cream? My whole family agree with you and the Devonshire scone whereas my man in controvesially Cornish - I just like my scone plain (literally,not of this raisin rubbish) and simple with jam.

    Love the hamper though, where is it from? #need

    CB x
    thecblife.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, no not at all! Sometimes I just like them plain too or heated up. Maybe I should try it the Cornish way to see if I can tell a difference when I indulge on them! The hamper is from Devon Hampers. I forgot to link it up but have changed that now if you want to check them out! It's super cheap too!

      Ashleigh x

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  3. I'm a jam first, cream second kinda girl - but of course as much as I can of both!! :)

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    1. Haha! That's a good enough answer for me! I will have to try the Cornish way soon!

      Ashleigh x

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  4. Great blog! I just started mine about gardening, phytotherapy and tea blends. Have a look if you like:

    http://cellestialgardens.blogspot.com/

    Much love!

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    1. Thank you! All the best with your blog :)

      Ashleigh x

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  5. Ok you just made me seriously hungry. Your really good at product and food photography. I'm look for a new camera, which one do you use?

    Beth x
    www.profemaleblogger.com

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    1. Haha, I have made myself hungry! Thanks so much :) I use a Nikon D5100 but it's mostly all to do with the lenses you use for what ever you are photographing. For food, products and portraits I switch between 50mm and 35mm lenses :) Hope that helps!

      Ashleigh x

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  6. Gorgeous photographs,
    Nothing beats a traditional cream tea, sounds like the perfect way to while a few hours in the sunshine
    And it HAS to be cream first!

    http://whatrajwants.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It was a lovely summery day! I totally agree. A sweet topping is SO right!

      Ashleigh x

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  7. Your blog is so beautiful and I love your photos! xx

    Giuliette www.giuliette19.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Giuliette. That's so kind of you to say! :)

      Ashleigh x

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  8. What a lovely hamper! I love afternoon tea! I put the cream on first, like you! :)

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    1. Ha, I am glad you agree with me Serena! xx

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  9. I am glad that you so liked our hamper. Your positive feedback is great and means a lot.
    We will shortly be launching our new Christmas Hamper range so there will be lots more for you to choose from.
    And yes the cream always goes on first!

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    1. Thank you very much for sending the hamper out to me! I would love to find out more about the Christmas hampers. How exciting :) Speak to you soon! x

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  10. I haven't had scones for so long!! When it comes to cream and jam it totally depends on my mood but I do prefer cream first more!

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    1. How haven't you had any for summer?! Mm i am the same! Sometimes i like them with just jam too!
      Ashleigh x

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  11. cream then jam.. and more cream than jam haha I could just spoon clotted cream into my mouth (gross I know!)

    Love hampers like this, I think they make brilliant gifts and you get a beaut picnic baskets out of it when you've finished wading your way through the gorgeous food so it's a win-win situation haha

    Jade x
    Girl Up North | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha, I totally agree Jade! I'm all for a bit of extra jam! Yes, the basket is great. We have kept it but it looks like we're going to have to kiss goodbye to Summer soon so I will save it for picnics next year! So excited already!

      Ashleigh x

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  12. Love hampers and this looks so yummy. They are great presents to give.

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    1. They really are great gifts, aren't they? They are bringing out Christmas themed hampers soon which will be interesting to see!

      Ashleigh x

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