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Formula Supports Cornwall's Cream Tea


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:44pm 28th May 2013.

Which comes first; the jam or the cream?

A mathematical formula has been derived which seems to show the Cornish way to eat a cream tea is the right way.

Traditionally in the Duchy, the jam is spread first, followed by the cream.

Now a researcher at Sheffield University has looked at weight, the size of the scone and even the depth of the dollop of cream to come up with the perfect arrangement.

Dr Eugenia Cheng said whilst the science cannot confirm the best order, it does suggest that jam first will allow you to get the most filling on the base: "You don't want everything to drip off the edges, because then you might lose some of the amazingly delicious cream. It's like when you build a sandcastle, you wouldn't use your biggest bucket at the top because then everything would fall off the sides.

She adds that maths cannot answer everything: "It can answer questions like how thick does your cream need to be, given that you want to get a certain amount of cream onto a certain surface area of scone. I'm afraid it can't answer which way up you are personally going to prefer the jam or the cream."

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