How to Make Clotted Cream ~ 3 Ways!

homemade clotted cream

I’ll show you how to make clotted cream 3 ways  ~ in the Instant Pot, oven, or on the stove top: you choose how you want to make your very own rich and decadent clotted cream. Spread it on scones for the best breakfast or authentic English tea time treat. 

clotted cream with scones

Clotted Cream : The Basics

  • Clotted cream is a thick creamy spread normally used on scones, originally made by farmers in Great Britain.
  • It’s made from heavy cream that has been heated over a period of time until it thickens or ‘clots’ into a spreadable consistency with a unique cooked cream flavor and an extremely high fat content.
  • Clotted cream is world famous for its unparalleled rich texture, and it’s an essential part of a classic British afternoon tea.
  • Normally the only way to get clotted cream is to visit Great Britain, or to spend big $$ on a very small imported jar at your local gourmet market.
  • I’ve come up with 3 different ways you can make this famously decadent spread in your own kitchen.
A glass jar filled with stove top clotted cream

Clotted Cream FAQ’s

  • What does clotted cream taste like?

Clotted cream has a very simple flavor profile, like an unsweetened heavy cream with a subtle ‘cooked’ flavor. It’s famous for it’s amazingly thick creamy texture, (or mouthfeel) which is unparalleled in the food world.

  • What kind of cream do I need to make clotted cream?

The most common type of heavy (or whipping) cream you’ll find in stores is ultra-pasteurized, meaning it’s been heated to an extra high heat so it will stay fresher longer. The cream that works best for clotted cream is regular pasteurized cream, (not ultra pasteurized cream,) and that can be a little more difficult to find, but it is available. Try Whole Foods, Trader  Joes, or a large supermarket with a wide selection. That being said, some readers have had success with the ultra pasteurized cream.

  • What is clotted cream used for?

Clotted cream is used as a spread for scones, but you can also use it on biscuits and muffins, etc. It’s great for breakfast, and essential for an authentic English afternoon tea.

  • How long will my clotted cream last in the fridge? 

About 2 weeks.


Method 1: Instant Pot Clotted Cream (click here for the full recipe)

How the Instant Pot method works:

  • This method takes advantages of the highly accurate settings on the Instant Pot to boil the cream and then keep it at  just the right temperature to separate into whey and thick clotted cream.
  • I use the 6 Qt Ultra model Instant Pot for this recipe.
  • Simply pour your heavy cream  into the Instant Pot, and use the “yogurt” setting to boilkeep it at just the right temperature for 8-10 hours before cooling fully. The clotted cream will separate from the watery whey and can be scooped off, as you see in the picture above.
  • This is a great use for your Instant Pot if you have one!
  • Check out the full post for all the details.
A small pot of Instant Pot Clotted Cream with almond cream scones

Pros and Con’s of the Instant Pot Method:

Pros

  • This method is pretty hands off, and relatively foolproof because of the precise temperature settings of the Instant Pot
  • The Instant Pot makes an authentic tasting clotted cream with that telltale “crusty” top

Cons

  • Requires specialized equipment in the form of the Instant Pot. Some readers have mentioned that because there are so many new models of the Instant Pot coming out with slightly different settings and buttons, you may have to experiment with yours to find just the right method.
  • This recipe takes a bit of  time in order to work well, so plan ahead.

Oven Clotted Cream (click here for the full recipe)

homemade clotted cream with scones

How the oven method works:

  • This method requires and oven that goes down to 180 F in order to work. An oven thermometer is a good way to double check that your oven is displaying the correct temperature.
  • The cream is added to an oven safe dish, and left overnight at 180F before removing from the oven, cooling, and then chilling in the fridge.  At that point the clotted cream will have separated from the watery whey, and you can simply scoop it off and keep it in a jar.
  • Check out the full post for all the details.
Homemade Clotted Cream

Pros and Con’s of the Oven Method

Pros

  • This method is pretty straightforward, without a lot of phases and steps, and a lot of readers have had success with it. Like the Instant Pot method, you also get that nice “crust” on the top of your clotted cream.

Cons

  • Not all ovens go down to 180F, so check yours before trying this recipe out. And many ovens aren’t accurate, so it really helps to double check with an inexpensive oven thermometer.
  • It’s important to use the right sized dish so that your cream is no more than a couple of inches deep.
  • Like the Instant Pot method, this method also takes a long time with overnight or all day cooking, then cooling and chilling.

Stove Top Clotted Cream (click here for the full recipe)

Scraping thick homemade clotted cream out of a glass pan

How the stove top method works:

  • This method is very different from the other two – essentially you are cooking off a lot of the water in the cream on the stove top rather than separating the cream from the whey.
  • Heavy cream gets reduced on the stovetop, and then poured into a container to cool fully.
  • You’ll need a sturdy, heavy bottomed saucepan so the cream won’t scorch as it cooks.
  • There’s no skimming off the actual clotted cream here after it cools, everything you pour into your dish after reducing will become thick, clotted cream as it cools, as you can see from the picture above.
  • Check out the full post for all the details.
clotted cream on a freshly made scone

Pros and Cons of the Stove Top Method

Pros

  • This is probably the easiest method of them all, with no special equipment or specific temperature settings required.
  • It’s also probably the most foolproof, as long as you cook your cream long enough to reduce it according to the recipe instructions.
  • You can use any type of heavy or whipping cream for this method, even ultra-pasteurized.
  • This is by far the quickest method ~ your cream will be thick and spreadable within about an hour.

Cons

  • Although this definitely scratches the clotted cream itch for me, the texture is a little different from the first two, and lacks the same “crusty” top that some consider to be integral to the clotted cream experience.
  • Requires more hands-on cooking time at the stovetop while the cream reduces, though the overall time is shorter.

Recipes to go with your homemade clotted cream

rhubarb scones on a tray

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rhubarb vanilla bean jelly in small pots with spreading knife

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Clotted Cream Shortbread, cut into squares

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    Gerry
    May 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

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