I really don’t want to put too much weight on any part of this, neither the unsigned BBC article, the `local historians’ it doesn’t name, nor the fifteenth-century narrative of late-tenth-century events it may be using…
Would workers in the 10th Century be fed bread, clotted cream, and (something akin to) strawberry jam as a daily fare? Seems highly unlikely, as the author notes.
Read more on this medieval sleuthing exercise here:
- The Great British Cream Tea Analysis Paper (firstpersonamericaf13.wordpress.com)
- The Great British Cream Tea Recipe (firstpersonamericaf13.wordpress.com)
- Rose Prince’s Baking Club: scones (telegraph.co.uk)