Strawberries are at their very best now. One of the best ways to enjoy them is with freshly baked scones, cream and homemade strawberry jam.
Strawberry jam is probably my very favourite jam, but it must be really good. Sadly, it is often overly sweet and cloying. If you haven’t made your own before, then I really encourage you to do so. It is quite quick and easy to make. It is still very sweet, but it retains a true strawberry flavour, and it is a great way to preserve the flavour of strawberries at their peak.
Homemade scones are also a revelation. They are infinitely superior to shop bought, but must be eaten really fresh – straight out the oven ideally, but definitely on the day they are baked.
I like to serve scones with softly whipped cream, which I now prefer to clotted (thanks to Ballymaloe). It is not as dense and fatty, which I prefer, but use whichever you like best. And of course plenty of strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
This such a nice tea to make if you are visiting or entertaining friends of family at this time to year. It is quite quick to make, looks lovely and takes sublime.