Condiments

Teaser 2016 Strap A

Jams

CHUNKY HOME MADE GINGER & BLACKCURRANT JAMS

I will always ask for and choose a tangy jam if possible, such as blackcurrant, ginger, gooseberry, or plum (but not citric like marmalade). A tangy jam seems to me to be a better foil for the cream’s own flavour, which is  always perilously close to fading into the background as it is, leaving only its texture to savour. I don’t use too much either (half a teaspoon per slice maximum – and then only if there are lumps like blackcurrants) or there will be little chance of encountering a subtle cream’s own flavour.

Wasps

DOUBT THE STRAWBERRY? FOLLOW THE WASPS

Strawberry is almost invariably too flaccid-flavoured to enhance the cream (and unlike more acidic fruits, it usually needs heavy dosing with pectin to set). I’m also aware from careful questioning, that some shops buy in commercial tubs of strawberry jam, but home-make the other flavours (which they don’t always advertise because their availability can vary so much). Of course, even strawberry jam can be done well! I suspect the wasps know best, but if sharing with them, just spread what you need per bite…

Milk & Honeycomb

CLOTTED CREAM & HONEYCOMB

Interestingly, a strongly flavoured honey, whilst very sweet, can also enhance the taste of the cream. If it is really runny, you can also cream a slice and then dip the part you are about to eat into it. NB: If you get the chance to try ‘thunder and lightning’, consider succumbing: it’s made with cream and golden syrup (traditionally cream and treacle on bread).

Chocolate

ECSTATIC CHOCOLATE & CREAM SWIRLS

The other really wild option is a chocolate-type spread, which really messes with the cream or jam first debate…

Fluorescing Jam

GLOWING OUT ON THE TOWN

Sadly, too many places serve a red flavoured jelloid jam, often without seeds let alone whole fruit, which can seem at times to fluoresce. Not the easiest thing to palate…

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