Emma's Famous Devonshire Cream Tea-min

Warm up with a Devonshire cream tea this winter

With temperatures plummeting who wants or needs to go outside?

This week’s cold snap took temperatures to well below freezing, and the first snow for years in Torbay.

It’s times like these that having reliable care, someone to do the shopping are important for those less able.

Emma, who works for customers at Henry and Gladys, cooks one of her family favourites: a Devonshire cream tea, which they enjoyed this afternoon at home in the warm.

Emma likes to make scones fresh using this recipe (makes 12 scones):

Devonshire scones ingredients

  • 50g (2oz) butter
  • 500g (1lb) wholemeal or plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half 15ml spoon (1/2 tablespoon) cream of tartar
  • Half 5ml spoon (1/2 teaspoon) bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 medium-size beaten egg
  • 250ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk
  • Optional handful of dried fruit added to the mixture

How to bake Devonshire scones

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6
  2. Rub the butter into the flour.
  3. Mix the salt, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda.
  4. Add the egg and enough of the buttermilk to make a soft dough.
  5. Roll it out lightly and cut into small rounds (6.5cm across (two and a half inches) and 2.5cm (one inch) thick.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Split open and eat with Devonshire clotted cream and ideally homemade jam!


Our carers in Devon love what they do, and our customers appreciate these extra-special touches – Henry and Gladys certainly appreciated these homemade scones!

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