cream tea

Also called Devonshire tea, this British custom is an afternoon refresher of hot tea served with various accompaniments—almost always scones and clotted cream and jam, and often other tidbits such as crustless cucumber or watercress sandwiches. See also high tea.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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