Homemade Clotted Cream

Homemade clotted cream

Homemade Clotted Cream ~ this luxurious and hard to find staple of afternoon tea can be made easily right in your own kitchen!

tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Last week I was treated by the historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to their classic English afternoon tea.  If you’ve never had a classic afternoon tea, you need to experience it, and the roaring twenties era Biltmore is the place to do it.  Every inch of the hotel is carved, muraled, frescoed, tapestried, guilded, mosaic’d and generally so eye-poppingly gorgeous that it’s easy to forget you’re in Los Angeles.  I almost forgot to drink my tea!

tea at the Biltmore

If you’re looking for something special to do for Valentine’s Day, this would be fabulous.  The tea room is the lobby of the original hotel, and so it’s fittingly grand, complete with a burbling marble fountain in the center and a grand staircase.

Tea at the Biltmore

The highlight of any afternoon tea, besides the tea, is the array of tiny treats that comes with it, and I always zero right in on the scones and clotted cream.  (That’s them on level two of our tiered tea tray.)  Clotted cream, if you’ve never had it, is a very thick rich spreadable form of heavy cream that was first invented ages ago by some very smart British farmers.  It’s not like whipped cream, or cream cheese, it’s not like butter…it has a unique decadent consistency and a wonderful soft flavor.  It’s quite thick and spreadable, and when you slather it on a freshly baked scone there is no better thing in the world.

homemade clotted cream

The little pot of clotted cream that we got at the Biltmore had me craving more, and happily I made the most astounding discovery…you can actually make clotted cream at home in your own kitchen.  No more tracking it down in specialty stores and paying big bucks for the imported stuff.  My homemade clotted cream was actually way better (and a whole lot fresher) than the British stuff I usually buy.

homemade clotted cream

This is an amazing process, I hardly had to do anything, and I end up with a ton of the richest, silkiest clotted cream I’ve ever had.  I used 2 pints of cream, poured them into a baking dish, and left it overnight in a 180F oven (the lowest my oven will go.)  In the morning I let it cool and then refrigerated it for the rest of the day.

How to make homemade clotted cream

Then I scooped it into jars, which was a little sloppy at first, and put them back in the refrigerator.  Any little bit of liquid gets absorbed right into the clotted cream after you put it in the jars, and by the next morning when I had it with my scones, it was absolutely to die for.

diy clotted cream

I can’t say enough good things about this project, the results far exceeded my expectations and it was absurdly easy.  The only catch is that you can’t use ultra-pasteurized cream, which is cream that’s been processed for a longer shelf life.  Many stores only sell ultra-pasteurized cream, so you have to search a bit for regular cream.  I found mine at Whole Foods.  Just read the labels… if it doesn’t say ultra-pasteurized on the label, you’re good to go.

cardamom and vanilla scones

You will definitely want to make scones to go with your homemade clotted cream.  I have lots of recipes for scones on the blog, but this time I made Jennifer’s Cardamom Vanilla Cream Scones, and they were wonderful.  Jen doesn’t use any egg in her recipe like I usually do, and I have to say I really liked the texture of her scones.   And how can you go wrong with cardamom and vanilla?  I highly recommend them.

Homemade Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 pints heavy cream (not ultrapasteurized)
  • a heavy casserole dish

Instructions

  1. set your oven to 180F
  2. Pour the cream into the casserole dish. It should come up about 1-3 inches on the side.
  3. Set the dish, uncovered, in the oven and leave undisturbed for 12 hours. Be sure to leave the oven on the whole time. I do this overnight.
  4. Remove the dish from the oven and set to cool. Then cover and refrigerate.
  5. The next morning scoop the thickened cream into a jar or jars, and cover and put back in the refrigerator. You can use the leftover cream for baking..
  6. Spread the clotted cream on freshly baked scones.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/how-to-make-clotted-cream/

notes:

  • An oven thermometer is an essential kitchen tool, and really comes in handy for this project.  If your oven is too cool or too hot your homemade clotted cream will not ‘clot’.
  • Make sure your cream is not ‘ultra pasteurized’, you will need to find regular pasteurized cream at a Whole Foods or other similar store.

homemade clotted cream with scones

 

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223 Comments

  • Reply
    Agos
    July 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’m curious to try this since I’ve never had clotted cream, but I have a gas oven. Do you think I could make it in a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 23, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Unfortunately most slow cookers are too hot, Agos, I think. Unless you have one where you can set an exact temperature, I’m not sure it will work. My oven is gas and it worked for me, but mine was able to be set at the proper low temperature.

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    Isabelle
    July 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Hi Sue!
    I was oh so excited to try out this recipe. I have a couple of questions though. I followed the recipe and left the baking dish in the oven for 12 hours at 180F. I took it out of the oven about an hour ago, and it is currently cooling on the stove top. My questions however are …. 1) Should I stir everything together in the dish before placing the dish in the refrigerator, or should I wait to stir all the contents together after the dish has sat in the fridge for a few hours , right before I place it in the jars? 3) Should I use a slotted spoon to put everything in the jars and just disregard what drips out of the spoon? Thank you for providing this recipe!

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    Laura
    July 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This worked beautifully. I used a generic pasteurized cream. I found it at Meijers. I poured it in my pan and put it in the oven one night and by morning I had a pale yellow skin on top. Very easy. It just took a few hours to get it to room temperature and a few more in the fridge for it to chill. By mid afternoon I was skimming it off the top and jarring it. I put some on top of zucchini bread I just baked and I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled. It was missing something and I’m not sure if it’s salt or sugar. I’m making scones tomorrow morning and serving them up with my freezer strawberry jam and this beautiful clotted cream. I hope I like it better that way. Someone mentioned eating it on crackers so I might try it that way. Thanks for sharing this. I love trying new things. :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the step by step of your experience Laura, I know it will help others!

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    Melanie Rosen
    July 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    This is amazing! Worked beautifully as written! You know you’re in trouble when this is good on crackers…no need to bake scones! Btw I used Promised Land heavy cream.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip on the cream, and you know, I’ve never tried clotted cream on crackers, Melanie, that’s downright dangerous!!

  • Reply
    Linda Engle
    June 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hi, I just tried this recipe and just now put it in the jars. I was wondering thought, how much liquid I was supposed to have left over in the pan. Even with putting some in the jars with the firmer part I had a pint of liquid left over and got one pint of cream in the 2 half pint jars. I left it in my oven last night at 170 (lowest mine goes) for 12 hours. Cooled it for 2 hrs then covered an refrigerated another 12 hrs. I tried to everything you said even the not ultra pasteurized whipping cream. Is this the way it should have made up??

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 12, 2017 at 7:41 am

      It varies fro batch to batch, Linda, and it sounds like you did everything right!

      • Reply
        Linda Engle
        June 12, 2017 at 8:06 am

        I am so disappointed. Just opened it and it’s gotten thinner not thicker over night. This one failed but my husband bought me enough cream for 3 more batches. I wonder if the dairy is ultra pasteurizing and labeling just pasteurized??? I won’t give up. Will let you know! Thanks

        • Reply
          Sue
          June 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

          Oh what a bummer, Linda. This can be a tricky recipe, but once you hit on the exact method, you’ll be so glad. Could your oven have been slightly too cold?

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        Roxanne
        July 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        I tried this recipe in my gas oven at 180 , and my cream turned brown and I had to throw it out

        • Reply
          Sue
          July 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

          That’s such a shame Roxanne. All I can think is that maybe your oven runs hotter than it says it is, or maybe your container was very large and the cream was very shallow?

          • Amy
            August 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

            Mine turned out the same. I think you forgot to day to cover the dish while cooking.

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      Laura Garner
      June 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      I made this clotted cream last night and it turned out great! The only thing I did wrong was to cover the pan while heating in the oven,,,mis-read instructions! I don’t know if it made a difference or not. i will leave uncovered next time.

      • Reply
        Sue
        June 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm

        So glad it worked for you Laura!

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    Lacey
    May 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Hello,

    I’m planning on giving this recipe a try and I was wondering about the shelf-life of clotted cream? Should I plan to use it within a week or so, or does the baking process give it a longer shelf-life?

    Cheers

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 31, 2017 at 8:26 am

      It will last a fairly long time in the refrigerator, Lacey, up to a month…but it’s never lasted that long here!

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    norma fairbairn
    May 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    my grandmother , a Cornish farmers wife made clotted cream every day in a saucepan at the back of the wood stove where it wasn’t too hot. …she would periodically skim off the ‘clots’ as they formed on top of the cream of the cream into a dish you’re right absolutely no sugar, this is VERY rich stuff on its own.it is important ,I think, to note that when it comes to adorning the scone with cream the jam comes first I prefer black currant or blackberry jam on the scone and top with as much clotted cream as you can stand …mmm, mmm,good

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I love this, Norma, what a great memory ~ I can just see your grandmother scooping up the ‘clots’ :) Blackberry jam is my favorite too.

    • Reply
      mel
      May 27, 2017 at 12:54 am

      my mum used to use channel island gold top milk and make this daily for the weekend tea, i have some steaming on the top of my cooker right now, it’s a long process but so worth the wait,
      i am going to try the oven method to compare to two thanks for this recipe

      • Reply
        Wendy
        August 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

        Hi Mel,

        Can you tell me how long/what approximate temp you use when doing this on the hob/stove top?

        Many thanks!

  • Reply
    Meaghan
    May 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Trying to make this as a surprise for Mother’s Day. I bought the correct cream, have it in a shallow dish, but not too shallow, and have left it in the oven for 12 hours at 175F which is my ovens warm setting. Checked on it this morning and I don’t see any skin on top it just looks like slightly thicker cream. My question is do I continue to leave it at 175 or turn my oven up to 200? Is 200 too high?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

      It sounds like maybe your oven’s ‘warm setting’ might have been too low, and even though it says it’s 175, it might actually be lower, if you check with a thermometer. I would probably turn it up a bit and leave it longer.

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        Jackie
        July 23, 2017 at 6:02 am

        How did it turn out please ??

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    Donna Lorrig
    May 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Just made this for a bridal shower tea and it turned out AMAZING!!! My daughters and I all thought it was the best clotted cream we’ve ever had-either in the UK or the USA. DELICIOUS! I substituted the leftover cream for the milk in our scone recipe and that worked out wonderfully as well. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the instructions, we’ll certainly make it again. :)

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      Sue
      May 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

      yay! I love ‘hearing’ the excitement in your voice! If you happen to come back and see my reply, can you let us know where you found your non-ultra-pasteurized cream? Some people are having trouble locating it.

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        Donna Lorrig
        June 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        We found the Kalona Super Natural organic whipping cream batch pasteurized at Whole Foods. I’ve got another batch in the oven now for a baby shower tea tomorrow. I hope it turns out just as delicious as the last one-yum!

        • Reply
          Jackie
          July 23, 2017 at 6:10 am

          Did it turn out as well as your first?
          I think once you find a method and recipe…stick with it x

  • Reply
    Karen Masters
    May 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Sue. Like all of my baking adventures, there is always a learning curve. As EASY as this seemed, I seemed to of messed it up a bit. I swear I read the directions a hundred times ( okay I’m exaggerating but it was a lot and here is the mistake I made
    1. My one batch ( good one) was in a wider width shallow round dish, the other one was deeper but shorter width
    2. I kept the lids on ( don’t do that) I did remove the lids and kept it in the oven about 6 hrs longer
    3 I disturbed the one that flopped ( I had to see if it clotted
    Any way the one batch is in a glass dish in the fridge so we will see how it turns out in the morning.
    I will definitely attempt this again since I went to the store to see that a jar of clotted cream (100mls) would cost me $ 8.00 ( yikes)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 6, 2017 at 7:43 am

      I know this does seem easy but it’s definitely a little fussy on the details…once you get it you’ll never turn back!! Good luck on the batch in the fridge :)

  • Reply
    Deirdre
    April 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Real clotted cream as found in the U.K. does have a crust, it’s delicious and buttery. You should not stir the cream back into the whey before refridgerating. After it has cooled from the oven gently put the container into the fridge being careful not to shake for a few hours or overnight. Then scoop the cream off the top with a slotted spoon from the liquid whey underneath. The whey can be reserved for other uses. Then gently stir the cream before putting it into an air tight container, like a mason jar.

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    Danielle
    April 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    My clotted cream is currently in the oven as we speak! I’m wondering if you have any recommendations on recipes to use the leftover liquid cream in or if it would be good to just throw in the bread maker as a water replacement? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Good question, Danielle ~ I don’t know but I’m hoping another reader will weigh in!

      • Reply
        Jackie
        July 23, 2017 at 6:17 am

        I would use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk…..works in every whey ???

  • Reply
    Monika Dutchover
    April 14, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I just got back from England and fell in love with clotted cream. I just made this and while it rated delicious it doesn’t have that velvety smooth texture and isn’t very spreadable. I did not leave it on the fridge over night, just from morning to evening. Could my fridge have been to cold? I want that velvety texture so bag! Any recommendations?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi Monika ~ did you stir the liquid and thickened part together? Be sure you don’t discard the thinner stuff after it comes out of the oven…that should loosen it up and make it the perfect consistency.

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        Monika Dutchover
        April 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

        I didn’t discard it until I was ready to jar it. But I didn’t mix it together. Am I suppose to?

        • Reply
          Sue
          April 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

          Yes, you should stir it all together. Then refrigerate, and while it chills the whole thing kind of meshes together.

          • Deann
            July 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

            It doesn’t say anything about stirring in your recipe. Do I stir it after removing it from the oven and cooling, before I put it in the frig over night? Or do I frig it overnight and then stir it before putting it into jars? Confused…

          • Sue
            July 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

            It’s sort of a stir if needed kind of thing, Deann. I would first refrigerate it and see how thick it gets, then you can stir it together before bottling it.

          • Jackie
            July 23, 2017 at 6:22 am

            Oh sue…..after reading all the recipe and comments you have just completely thrown me……you didn’t say to stir it at all…infact you said the opposite….thats why in another comment I said to use the remaining liquid as you would buttermilk…..im now unsure how to make it.
            Please post this comment as its an important step for others.

          • Sue
            July 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm

            I think the real answer is that the results will vary quite a bit from person to person, so some might stir and some might not. If you just skim off the thick top you’ll wind up with a very thick clotted cream, but if you are left with some liquid you can also mix it in, and it will firm up as it chills.

  • Reply
    Sandy
    April 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Where do I get non ultra pasteurized cream? Is there anything I can use instead of that?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Unfortunately it has to be unpasteurized. I found mine at Whole Foods.

  • Reply
    Leigh Anne
    February 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Another person’s instructions said that I should cover my cream as it was cooking. Yours said to leave it uncovered. Any chance I’ve ruined it, if I covered it?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

      I don’t think so, Leigh Anne, but I can’t say for sure…

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    Maria Yearout
    February 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    While a fan of the original in Devon no less, I’ve found Mascarpone cheese (Tubs in CostCo) to be a phenomenal ready-to-eat alternative.

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    Julie Meadows
    December 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I will be hosting my book club in June. The book we read takes place in 1800 England. I am going to have a high tea to recognize this culture. I have never made clotted cream, but had it once in England and it was delicious. I have jars and jars of homemade strawberry jam prepared with berries from my garden. Delicious. I have lots of time to practice. I have never made scones either, but I am a good baker. It’s fun researching all the different recipes. That’s how I found you! I have extra cream in my refrigerator now from Christmas, so I am going to practice very soon. Thanks so much!

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      Sue
      December 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Have fun Julie!

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        Colleen Bruns
        December 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

        Sue, does the size of the container matter that the cream is made in?

        • Reply
          Sue
          December 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm

          Yes, it does, Coleen, and it’s a little bit of an inexact science, unfortunately. You want the cream to be at a depth of about 2 inches.

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      Teascones
      March 5, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Hi Julie, you want to host an “Afternoon Tea” which was done by the aristocracy, royalty and any other lady of high repute.Tea was served between 3 and 5pm, as dinner was not served until about 8pm at night. A “High Tea” was utilized by the working class when they arrived home from the farm or work around 6pm or 7pm that was basically their dinner with heavy meat entree, potatoes,stew–that was served with tea. Also, High Tea was not popularized until about 1840, so Jane Austen, according to her sister Cassandra, she and her family had tea in the morning and before bed. Jane’s family duty was to making tea every morning for her family and Jane held the keys to her family’s
      “Tea Chest” as tea was so expensive, it was always kept locked up so the servants could not steal it.

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    Rachel O'Reilly
    December 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    So, I’ve tried this 4 times, and each time it’s had to go in the bin. I’m using an oven thermometer and monitoring it, so I know it’s not the temp, and I’m using heavy cream (pasteurized). It gets an orangey brown on top, which turns the cream underneath beige. It’s the wrong colour, and has a funny caramel taste to it (sort of burnt). The last attempt was the most successful (better cream), but I’d say I got less than a quarter of a jar that’s thick (and it tastes funny anyway). Any other ideas what could be going wrong? Clotted cream is one of the only things I miss from home!

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      Sue
      December 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

      It sounds like the temp is too high, Rachel, it shouldn’t be an orange-y brown, or smell burnt at that low temperature. Is it possible you have the cream in too large of a container?

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    Grandma Sue
    November 14, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Seems that everyone has commented on your clotted cream. I have never had the pleasure to taste it on a scone, but it looks like something I must try. My comment is on the filling of your jars! You said it was messy (yup, it was according to your photos). Just get yourself a canning funnel. It has a wide “funnel” part – perfect for filling jars. I have 2 in my kitchen and they are always in the dishwasher from use. Handiest tool ever.
    smile.amazon.com/Norpro-Mouth-Plastic-Funnel-Green/dp/B000HJ99XS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1479130663&sr=8-2&keywords=canning+funnel+for+wide+and+regular+jars

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    Tamara
    September 1, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Your recipe is intriguing! I am going to try this although my oven doesn’t have a setting below 200F- it just says “warm” so I’ll try making it on “warm’ for the 12 hours. I learned to make clotted cream a bit differently from a friend while I was visiting her in England. In a low sided saute pan- (NOT a sauce pan- it is much easier to scoop out in a saute pan and you have more surface area for the cream to “clot”) pour in a pint of cream and put the burner on a very low setting. When a skin forms on the top- gently scoop it off and collect in a jar. Continue to do this until the cream is gone. The clotted cream will seem partially congealed with watery appearing cream around it but no worries! Just mix it back in with the clotted cream and when finished- refrigerate. It will thicken up in the fridge.
    I have made clotted cream this way for years and it has always come out wonderful. The whole process takes me about 30 minutes and there is no leftover cream.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Tamara, I’m interested to try your method!

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      Jay
      December 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Tamara
      How long does it take for a skin to form?

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      Wendy May
      August 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Tamara, I have tried your hob top method and wow it is fantastic! No waste and took a bit of time and careful skimming but the preliminary results looks promising. I can’t wait until tomorrow to taste it!

  • Reply
    Sally Clifton
    August 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I did the process exactly as I read in the recipe. My cream is not clotted. It is a drink, not a spread. What did I do wrong?

  • Reply
    Brooke
    August 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Hi Sue,
    Your recipe seems so simple and makes me excited attempt it. However, after reading all of the comments I’m confused. Some are saying to stir, some say no. Some are refrigerating and then scooping the cream off of the top. What is the very best method?
    After heating in the oven for 12 hours, do you immediately scoop the clotted cream off of the top, jar it and refrigerate? Or, do you let the whole heated mixture cool, refrigerate and then scoop the clotted cream off?
    Also, how long will this keep in the refrigerator?
    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Clair
    July 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    The best cream tea I ever had was in a small village in the south of England called Newton Poppleford. Their clotted cream was so thick, you had to slice it!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 23, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Wow, I’ve never had it quite that thick…sounds amazing :)

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    Anne-Marie
    May 28, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I have had the real thing. Silky, gorgeous and delicious Cornish clotted cream. Your recipe, I must say, Is pretty darn good! I used the best possible organic fresh cream . Heaven!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Anne-Marie, I wish I had some right now :)

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    Ruth
    May 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Would i do the same process if i get Raw cream?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

      I think raw cream is perfect for this, Ruth.

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    Mary
    April 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Can I use raw whipping cream from my local health food store?

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      Sue
      April 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Yes, as long as it’s not “ultra pasteurized” it will be great.

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    Susanne
    April 18, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I was so excited to find your recipe for clotted cream! I tried it with “batch pasteurized” cream (it didn’t say ultra), but it’s all could find when I went out looking so I figured I’d give it a try. Maybe my oven temp is off (I set it to 180), but the top got a thick yellow-ish skin on it that was pretty solid. Underneath it was crazy delicious clotted cream. The yellow part tastes more toasty/cooked, but isn’t smooth like what was under it. Any suggestions? I definitely want to try this again and will grab some cream from Whole Foods next time I’m near one! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Sue
      April 18, 2016 at 7:46 am

      That sounds like you did it perfectly, and the yellowish stuff is part of it, I just stir it all together and jar it. When i stirred mine together it kind of all melded together after a night in the fridge — I’m so glad you had success with this, now you just need to make scones :)

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        Susanne
        April 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Ah, good to know, I’ll go stir it real good… then get some scones in the oven stat!! :) Thank you!

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    Anita
    April 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you , thank you , thank you. Followed your instructions to a T, and we have a tasty, magic jar of clotted cream. We also made some English scones, smothered in jam. Heaven. :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I’m excited for you! Thanks for letting me know Anita.

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    Cheyenne
    April 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Has anyone been a rebel and tried this in a temperature- controlled dehydrator? Seems like a big part of it is getting some of the water gently cooked out. :-)

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      Hamish
      June 12, 2016 at 3:04 am

      Probably worth a try but I imagine the heat is important in order to alter the protein structure etc. After all, clotted cream here in the UK is about 62% fat while heavy/double cream is 50%, but the thickness seems like more than that.

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    Karen
    March 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I am putting on a High Tea for my daughter-in-law and cant wait to try the clotted cream. Thank you for the recipe.
    Karen.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Be sure you try it a little ahead of time, Karen, there’s sometimes a little bit of a learning curve and it’s difficult to predict.

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        Linda haigh
        February 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

        How far ahead canu make this

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          Sue
          February 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

          This will keep for at least 2 weeks, and probably longer, Linda.

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    Nichole Dellucky
    March 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Thank, thank, thank you for this recipe! We went to England almost 3 years ago and had tea in the town of Windsor, by the castle and had clotted cream for the first time. I thought it was the most decadent thing I’d ever had. My 14 year old son still wants to have tea with me after school at times. I found your recipe and decided to give it a whirl. Followed it to a T and it came out beautifully and soooooo delicious. I found another recipe that used the left over “cream” in some cream scones so nothing went to waste!! Ended up having tea and scones twice today, with a neighbor and with my son and hubby. Thanks again, you brought a lot of joy to someone who is missing England!

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      Sue
      March 2, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I’m thrilled this worked out so well for you Nichole, I know the feeling of missing a food, and I’m so happy I could help! We lived in England for a while for grad school and fell in love with so many great things — I have yet to master fish and chips :)

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    Laurie Fancy
    February 18, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I might just try using organic heavy cream since everything is pasteurized these days. Ta for the recipe!

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      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 6:14 am

      That’s what I use, Laurie, I get it at Whole Foods.

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    Debbie
    February 16, 2016 at 1:39 am

    After reading through many of these comments, one thing to note is that just like butter (or whipped cream for that matter) clotted cream can be frozen. To use, thaw it in the fridge overnight. I’ve done it with fresh real clotted cream in the UK – actually kept frozen for several months and tasted great right up to the end. I have tried many, many times to make clotted cream from authentic recipes here in the US but generally, the cream in the US is not quite “fat” enough and of course the pasteurization is an issue. But I will give this recipe a go…thanks!
    I devised my own “mock” clotted cream that, although it doesn’t have the divine smooth texture of the real thing, does have a rich similar taste. Take 8 oz. of mascarpone cheese and bring to room temperature. Then whip 1 pint Organic Valley (the highest fat cream I’ve found in a regular grocery store) and whip until very, very thick, just before butter stage. Then, fold (do not whip) the soft mascarpone into the whipped cream gently but as thoroughly as possible. Serve immediately or chill – it holds well and freezes well.

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      Sue
      February 16, 2016 at 6:04 am

      Very interesting Debbie — the freezing tip is wonderful to know. I’d be very curious to hear how this turns out for you, and the mock clotted cream is a fun idea too. Be sure to check back in after you try it :)

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    Micaela
    January 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I am definitely going to try this recipe. It seems delicious, and if it’s anything like the clotted cream we had in the UK, then it is worth the try….

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      Joe P.
      February 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      I got the cream from the health food store and instead of using the oven I use my Salton yogurt maker and it worked perfectly. So easy and so good!

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        Sue
        February 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Really? I’m going to have to try that now Joe, thanks!

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          Joe P.
          February 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

          How did the yogurt maker work for you? Joe P.

          • Sue
            February 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

            I haven’t tried it yet Joe because my yogurt maker has one large container that is tall and deep and I don’t think it would work…what size and shape is the container of your yogurt maker?

          • Joseph Picardi
            February 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

            Sue,

            It sounds like my yogurt maker has the same type of container, it holds one quart of the heavy cream. The entire quart thickens, a bit unevenly. I let it come to room temperature in its container before pouring it into the yogurt maker. Don’t know if that makes any difference or not.

            The first I tried the clotted cream I used a yogurt strainer which didn’t yield more than a few drops of excess liquid so I stirred the whole batch with a spoon and it blended into a perfectly smooth product.

            I tried ultra-pasteurized heavy cream in the yogurt maker, too, just to experiment. No clotting at 24 hours, about 1/3 clotted at 48 hours and perfect sour cream at 72 hours!!! So I’m sticking with the non-ultra pasteurized organic heavy cream from the health food store. My next experiment is to freeze it to see how that works, but so far, the refrigerated clotted cream has kept several weeks in the refrigerator, which I have set to 34 degrees F. (the thermometer on the door registers 40 degrees F.)

            Joe P.

          • Sue
            February 26, 2016 at 10:01 am

            Sounds interesting…I did try it in my slow cooker on the ‘warm’ setting recently and only got about half the cream to clot, after about 24 hours. The yogurt maker will be my next experiment!

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    Kat
    January 16, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Looks delicious…I’m going to try this.
    The Baltimore is nice however doesn’t compare to the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C.

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      Sue
      January 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

      I’d love to visit that one some day :)

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      Kam Theri
      January 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      I will whole heartedly agree that the Fairmont Empress was one of the most beautiful and elegant places I’ve ever been to. The high tea was memorable!

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        Sue
        January 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        OK now I HAVE to make a point to get there, thanks for stopping by Kam :)

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          Jeanie
          March 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm

          Love the Fairmont Empress. Really enjoy their High Tea. However, since I live in the L.A. area, will have to give the Biltmore a try. In the meantime, this looks like the ticket to try at home.

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    Tara
    December 19, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I was so excited to try this but it did not work for me :( I used a 8 x 8 inch pan and made sure the cream came up 1.5 inches on the side. Used 1 quart of pasteurized cream from Whole Foods (365 Heavy Cream). Cooked uncovered at 180 for 12 hours. When it came out, I noticed it still seemed liquidy and there was a thickish crust on top. I let it cool for about an hour and then put it in the fridge for 24 hours. When I went to scoop it out, it still had a thick crust. Under the crust there was still a good bit of liquid but also solid cream. However, the cream tasted more like cream cheese, not clotted cream.

    Help! Any ideas as to what went wrong?! Thanks in advance!

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      Beth
      December 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

      First, I want to mention that I haven’t tried this yet, but I thought I might try to help since I don’t see any other responses yet. :) I think that “crust” you describe is the clotted cream and is supposed to be scooped off (before refrigeration) and jarred. The liquid underneath that is leftover can be used or tossed, but is not part of the clotted cream. Hopefully I’ll be trying this tonight, so I’ll let you know tomorrow how it works out!

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      Sherry
      January 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

      I make clotted cream a MUCH easier way by shaking the cream in a jar until just before the butter separates from the liquid. Pour heavy cream into a jar (I use a 1 quart Mason jar) – fill 2/3 of the jar only. Put some sort of agitator in the jar – I have a 1-inch wire wisk ball that I throw in there, but you could use a marble, a lego, etc – just make sure it’s clean :) Then shake and shake. Check it often being sure not to let the butter separate out. You want to stop when it is super thick and sticking to the walls of the jar. At this point, you can use as is or gently strain it for several hours using a coffee filter in a sieve over a bowl. Voila!

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        Donna
        January 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

        Sherry, that’s not clotted cream, All that’s happened is that your cream’s butterfat has separated from the whey (the liquid at the bottom of the container) and congealed into those sweet butterfat clumps. Clotted cream needs to be cooked to form the clots, what you made I’m sure was nice but not the same.

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      Teascones
      March 5, 2017 at 5:02 am

      My local Wholes Foods 365 brand IS ULTRA PASTEURIZED, so are you sure yours was NOT ultra-pasteurized ?

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        Sue
        March 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        Hmmmm, they might have changed it since I bought it, not sure. I’ll check next time I’m there! Mine was definitely NOT ultra-pasteurized, but products are always changing.

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    Vicky
    December 15, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I used a low temp pasteurized cream from Whole Foods. Wasn’t sure this was going to work but I gave it a shot. I’M SO GLAD I DID! It turned out absolutely perfect. I believe I could have ended up with more cream if it had stayed in there longer (I did 8 hours). A glass casserole dish is a must. Thank you so much for the tip!

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    Nayda
    November 26, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Do you have any ideas for how to halve this recipe? I do have a smaller casserole pan that I could use but pasteurized organic heavy cream is so expensive that I’m a bit leery to try it out on my own.

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      Sue
      November 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I know how you feel, Nayda. All I can tell you is that I didn’t have luck when I tried to make it with half the cream. I figured maybe you need the extra bulk of cream so that it doesn’t overcook. Not sure, though, sorry!

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    Willow | Will Cook For Friends
    November 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This sounds to die for! I had no idea clotted cream was so easy to make. I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try. I could so go for a scone and some clotted cream right now!

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    Jessica
    November 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    So I just pulled this out of the oven and from the other comments… Sounds like I’m on the right track. After the only British tea place we had here closed down, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some clotted cream. Will be making scones on my next day off so I’m excited for this and hope it turns out! As a lover of all things British, thank you sooooo much for this recipe.

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    Blanche
    November 18, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I’m confused! There’s no mention of sugar in your recipe. Don’t you need to add sugar as one does when whipping heavy cream?

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      Sue
      November 18, 2015 at 6:44 am

      No Blanche, clotted cream is unsweetened! You’ll just have to try it, the long slow heating gives it a distinctive flavor…

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      Gillian
      February 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Blanche, no sugar! We don’t even add sugar to regular whipped cream in the UK. Too sweet.

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    Patricia
    November 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    After 3 hours at 180F I had a black tar mess in my oven. I’ve checked the temp on my oven and it was fine. So bummed. Are you sure your oven was really at 180F?

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      Sue
      November 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I can’t imagine how you would have burned anything at 180F Patricia, that’s a very low temp. Can you check your oven with a thermometer?

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      Yvonne
      February 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Are you sure you had the oven on 180F? And not 180C?

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    Amber
    November 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Hi Sue,

    I tried the recipe and not sure what went wrong but wanted to check in to see if you might have some ideas. So I put the pasteurized heavy whipping cream in the oven for 12 hours at 170 degrees (maybe too low? – I also don’t think it was a case of the oven going to high). There was a very thin pale yellow crust at the top. I stirred it together, and pretty much (within 20 mins.) immediately placed it in the fridge.

    After about 20-22 hours, I took it out and there was a pale yellow crust (thicker than out of the oven, but still relatively thin) and when I tried to scrape the top, there were very grainy chunks mixed in with the milk. I tried to put it in a jar, but it just came out grainy and milky….not at all like clotted cream. Any ideas what went wrong? Thanks!

    Other questions. How long did you leave it out before placing it in the fridge and after taking it out of the oven? Did you cover it directly after taking it out of the oven? Thanks again!

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      Vanessa Lide
      December 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      The key thing is NOT to stir it when it comes out of the oven. It’s supposed to form a crusty top — mine even looked oily in places. But after the bowl cooled, and the mixture cooled for a few hours in the fridge, the thick cream is sitting on top, and you can easily skim it off. I’m Cornish, and so happy to have found this recipe. My aunt taught me to make it on the stove many years ago, but this is so much easier, thanks!

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        Sue
        December 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm

        Welcome in Vanessa — it’s fun to hear from an ‘expert’!

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    Sally
    September 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    We are trying some in the oven and some in the crock pot right now. After cooking for 12 hours, Do you scrape the clotted cream off of the top, or stir it in with the liquid underneath? And if so, when? Before or after refrigeration? Thanks so much!

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      Sue
      September 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I stir it all together and then refrigerate, Sally.

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        Jo
        January 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

        It doesn’t say to stir anywhere in your recipe and above the Cornish lady says to never stir????

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          Sue
          January 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

          I think it depends on exactly what you end up with, Jo, you can stir if necessary, at the end, as you scoop it into your jars.

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    Nayda
    September 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    How long does it keep in the fridge for and what size casserole dish did you use?

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      Sue
      September 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      I used an 11x 8 oblong casserole dish, Nayda. And it keeps in the fridge for about 10 days, maybe longer.

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    Adam
    September 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    So I tried this with a pan of water to see how it long it took the liquid to get to 180° (the temperature that my stove-top clotted cream recipe says to target). Interestingly, the constant evaporation of the water cools the liquid A LOT…I never got the water in a 180° oven to rise above 135°, and even when I turned the oven all the way up to 330° the water topped out at 165°.

    You could reduce evaporation (and thus increase the temperature of the cream) by tightly covering the pan, but it doesn’t sound like anyone did that. So is the evaporation of the water from the cream in fact an important part of the process, more so than actually achieving a specific temperature?

    Thanks for writing this up!

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      Sue
      September 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Wow, I don’t know, i clearly have to do some more scientific investigation into this recipe ;) I do think the cream evaporates some because it gets so thick.

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    Nathalie
    August 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I had to try a few times before getting it right. My first few tries were unsuccessful as I ended up with a very grainy, split cream. I had set my oven to 180F but it turns out that the oven’s temperature wasn’t constant and sometimes overshot to 220F, which caused the cream to curdle. If you’re having the same issue, i would recommend testing your oven temperature with a thermometer so that you can adjust the heat accordingly.

    Thank you so much for the recipe! It was worth the multiple tries – it’s delicious!

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      Sue
      August 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Great advice Nathalie – I think an oven thermometer is one of the best investments you can make in the kitchen, and they are really cheap, too!

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    Viola
    August 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my, it really worked! And it was delicious. I had my sister over, wo spent some time in the UK and she loved it. Only the scones were a little too crumbly. But delicious, too! I visited my sister, when she was in South England and the only two things I remember is the awfull breakfast with beans and sausages AND scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Thanks, will do it again.

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      Sue
      August 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Yay Viola! It can be a little tricky, getting the container and the oven temp just right, but when it works, it’s magical, I’m so glad you gave it a try!

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    Sosi Sadurian
    August 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    i make clotted cream mixing 2 liter of full cream with 2 little 3.5% milk place on top of oven on high heat till it comes on top remove cover with lid ,cover eith lots of blankets for 24 hours the remove cover place in fridge for 24 hours , you will have clotted cream ,remove ,then you can make a yogurt from the leftovers milk. This recipe is very successful one

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      Sue
      August 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for that Sosi, I’ll try it. Now that we’re heading into fall, I’m going to be making a few batches.

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      IFortuna
      May 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I don’t understand “2 liter of full cream with 2 little 3.5% milk”? What is 2 little 3.5 % milk? 2 little what? Could you clarify?

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    Elle
    July 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    How long does it keep for in the fridge?

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    Vicki
    June 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Did anyone succeed in using a crockpot?

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      Sue
      July 1, 2015 at 5:58 am

      One of the commenters did use a crockpot successfully, and I think I’m going to give it a try as well.

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        Crystal
        September 25, 2015 at 5:29 am

        My family wouldn’t want me to run the oven all night long so I think a crockpot would be my best option if I want to try your recipe.

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    Madeleine Richter-Atkinson
    June 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I’m doing a miniature, toaster oven trial run for this, and so far it seems to be working great! I’m planning on bringing this in for my English final dressed as Hamlet Sr. :) So glad I’m able to make this from scratch!

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      Sue
      June 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Good luck :)

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    Paula
    June 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Sue please help ours didn’t work at all. We bought the right kind of cream and cooked it per instructions in a fairly deep oval baker the cream was around 2 inches deep. In the morning it was go,den brown almost like crime brûlée. We refrigerated all day then I tried to lift the skin off but the thicken cream was attached and under it was a good two inches of pur liquid. Tried to stir it in but it wouldn’t incorporate so we threw it out.

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      Sue
      June 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

      I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, Paula. From what you say it sounds like the oven temp was too high. Many times, even though the dial says one thing, the temperature can be different. If you have an oven thermometer, that might be the best thing to try.

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      Ava
      November 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Uhm, everything I have read and seen says your cream was clotted. The crunchy brown/yellow bits are a part of it.

      I am giving it a go now. After 5 hrs it already is distinctively golden/yellow.

      Please give it another go.

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        John Champagne
        November 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        Thanks, Ava! I have been scouring the internet trying to figure out if I had done something wrong. The texture is perfect, though it looks a bit orange and has a slightly carmely taste. But still delicious!

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          Ava
          November 23, 2015 at 4:36 am

          Calibrate/check your oven temp. It is too high. I had the same thing happen with my first batch. Will start another batch for Thanksgiving this morning.

          • Sue
            November 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

            Thanks for the input Ava :)

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    Jesse
    June 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I tried this and used exactly 2 pints of organic 35% fat cream, that was not ultrapasteurized in an oven for 12 hours at 170(after reading the comments about slight burning). It just turned out as a hardened yellow disc at the top of normal consistency cream, without anything resembling clotted cream in it at all.

    Any idea what went wrong? I had to drop significant coin on this cream as most of what is commercially available in Canada has added skim milk powder and what I presume are stabilizers. Just don’t wanna mess this up again.

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      Sue
      June 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

      It’s possible that your oven was hotter than the 170F Jesse. I know I always have to count on an oven thermometer to check my temperature. Also check the size of your container, the pan shouldn’t be too large or the cream will be too shallow. There is a sort of hardened slightly colored skin on mine when I get it out of the oven, and then I stir it in and refrigerate, after which the clotted cream becomes thick and rich.

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    Jenny G.
    May 16, 2015 at 8:40 am

    So excited to find this recipe! I have always wanted to try clotted cream but could never find any to buy except small shelf stable jars at World Market. Which are expensive and somehow seem like they would not be the “real” thing.

    I will say if you don’t want to leave your oven on all night (mine is gas so I was leery). You can use a crockpot. Use one of the Hamilton beach ones with the little steam hole, or crack the lid a tad (the oven causes some evaporation while a crockpot will not with the lid on).

    I did 1 quart of cream in a 3 quart crockpot for 12 hours, using the “keep warm” setting which is about 165F. looks just like the one in the photo with the light yellow crust on top. Waiting now for the crock to cool so I can stick it in the fridge :)

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      Sue
      May 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I can’t wait to try this, Jenny – thanks so much for letting me know – it sounds like an even better method!!

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        Sue
        May 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

        Let me know how it is after chilling…

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    adrienne
    May 6, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Did anyone else get a browned skin on top after the overnight in the oven? I did. Maybe my oven was a little hotter? This morning I just peeled off the brown skin and after cooling, put the dish in the refrigerator. I hope it works!!

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      Sue
      May 6, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I did have a little skin on one of my batches, I just stirred it in…I think that means the oven was a little hot, Adrienne, or possibly your cream was to shallow?. Hope it works for you!

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    Hope
    March 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I ran to my local Whole Foods today with this recipe specifically in mind. I saw the cream and it all said pasteurized (not ultrapasteurized though). So I asked a salesperson if they carried UNpasteurized and was told it was illegal for them to sell it that way in our state. Help please! What do I do? Will pasteurized cream work? It looks so yummy and I really wanted it for tomorrow when my friend (who is British!) is coming over. Thanks so much!

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      Sue
      March 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, it’s pasteurized you want. Just avoid “ultra-pasteurized”. Good luck, and remember to pay attention to detail when making this. I think the 2 pints works best, and make sure your oven is at the right temp and not too hot!
      The other thing to remember is that after it comes out of the oven and cools, it still needs a good while in the fridge to completely firm up.

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        Hope
        March 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

        Thank you so much! Zipping back to Whole Foods right now…

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          DanaKate
          August 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

          Unpasteurized cream is “raw” cream, and you can usually get it from local dairy farms if you have any nearby.

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    Linda
    March 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    If you are unable to find cream that is not ultrapastuerized, get some calcium chloride. Available from cheese making websites. You add about 1/4 tsp to this amount of cream before you put into the oven. This will help the curdling process. When making mascarpone I use the calcium chloride because I am unable to find non ultrapastureized cream. I buy my milk from the local dairy raw but they don’t sell the cream :(

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      Sue
      March 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Great to know, Linda!

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      DanaKate
      August 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      If you buy raw milk, you can skim the cream from the top once it rises. I use a turkey baster to get it out of the jug. :)

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    Susan
    March 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Can I make half a recipe successfully? Looks soooo good!

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      Sue
      March 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Susan I think it’s much harder to do with half a recipe, but if you do try, make sure the cream has a certain depth to it in your container, and maybe cover it while it’s in the oven. I had one reader try with only one pint and it didn’t work as well.

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        Susan
        March 1, 2015 at 9:35 am

        Can I make half a recipe successfully? Looks soooo good!

        Thanks for the response!

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    Sophia
    February 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve heard of clotted cream but never had it before. Don’t care for the name but it sure looks creamy and decadent.
    Will have to try making it and see for myself. And high tea at the Biltmore looks like a must do!

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      Sue
      February 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      The name is definitely strange, I agree…but you will be glad you tried it for yourself, Sophia!

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    Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    February 16, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Just pulled mine out of the oven after 12 hours at 180 degrees. And, apparently, my oven turns off on its own after twelve hours. It looks a bit weird with a pale yellow-ish crust on top and watery area underneath. It’s cooling now, and then will go into the fridge. Fingers crossed this works out as I love clotted cream and have a scone recipe at the ready.

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      Sue
      February 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Mine looked super weird when I took it out of the oven, yours sounds just right — fingers crossed!

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      Sarah
      May 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      If it has a pale yellow crust you’re doing it right! Clotted cream originates in Cornwall (where I’m from) and it’s always served with the crust on.

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        Sue
        May 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        Thank you Sarah!

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    Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits
    February 9, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I can’t eat dairy anymore, but my husband dreams of scones with clotted cream and jam and it’s always near the top of the list of things to eat when we go home to Scotland! I had NO idea you could make this, we’ve tried the stuff they sell here but it’s not the real deal, this will be on his menu very soon!

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      Sue
      February 9, 2015 at 7:17 am

      You should make it for him for Valentine’s Day!

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    Foodiewife
    February 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, how I love having tea and all the sandwiches and desserts to go with it. I was thrilled to finally have tea and the Grand Empress in Victoria and I have wanted to make clotted cream ever since. Just last week, I found a video that shows the same process that you do. I just couldnt’ find the heavy cream. (Slaps forehead.) Whole Foods! Of course. Everything looks lovely, and I have a scone recipe I’m anxious to try– though the vanilla and cardamon sounds fantastic.

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      Sue
      February 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Wouldn’t it be fun to travel around going to various high teas? Good luck with your clotted cream Debby!

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    ron
    February 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Alton Brown’s version is pretty easy & doesn’t require the oven be on overnight (or at all). Just strain it through coffee filters.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/clotted-cream-recipe2.html

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      Sue
      February 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      That does sounds easy, but part of the distinctive flavor of clotted cream, I think, comes from it being ‘cooked’ slowly. And I can’t imagine that the texture could be as thick as mine if it’s just strained. I’ll definitely have to give it a try to see!

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      Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits
      February 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Sue is right , Alton’s version is simply thickened cream. British style clotted cream that I’m used to is thick, almost spreadable, and has a slightly tangy almost sour (but not off) taste.

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    Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen
    February 6, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Mmmm….craving this right now! I got to do high tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria BC and that was so much fun. What a great treat!

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    Jess
    February 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Oooooh!!! I LOVE clotted cream! I’ve never been able to find it anywhere outside of Britain and it’s definitely on my top five favorite foods list. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Just one question: how long do you think this would last in the refrigerator, and how much cream does it make? Is it the same quantity or does it reduce somewhat?

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      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 6:52 am

      It will probably vary slightly with everyone, but I’m going to say it’ll last at least two weeks tightly covered in the fridge, and this recipe makes about 2 cups of clotted cream, which is a lot because a little goes a long way!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    February 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I do afternoon tea frequently and love hearing about other people enjoying it as well! A friend I introduced to afternoon tea about 20 years ago absolutely adores clotted cream, and it’s been far too long since I’ve made it. She will thank you for inspiring me!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    The Biltmore is such a fabulous place to have tea and your scones + cream look like a dream!

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    Abbe+@+This+is+How+I+Cook
    February 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    The Biltmore looks fabulous. The Brown Palace in Denver also does high tea and it is fun. Though their decor is not quite as glorious. Love clotted cream and you know I love scones. Yours, in particular!

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      Teascones
      March 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

      The photos show the Biltmore doing one thing un-British however. When I was in England, they explained to me that you always start to eat from the bottom tier upwards during tea. Therefore, you place the tea sandwiches on the bottom tier, the scones (pronounced “Scunns” and does NOT rhyme with bones-as they corrected me;) on the middle tier and sweets/desserts that you finish last with on the top tier.

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        Jojo
        June 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Tea originated in China so tea lovers or tearooms that offer tea should present it in any way they desire…’un-British’ or not. Scones is pronounced differently depending on regions so there is no right/wrong. And for anyone afraid to host a tea event because of so-called rules, I say throw ‘em out the window and start your own tea rituals/traditions. Just have fun…it’s all about treating your guests and yourself special. Trust me, no one will care/remember what tiers all the yummy treats are on! :)

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    John@Kitchen+Riffs
    February 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Clotted cream is such wonderful stuff, isn’t it? And it’s easy to make! I haven’t made any in years, though — but now you have me craving it. Really good post — thanks.

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    katrina
    February 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Oh, this looks delicious, Sue! Being a big reader (especially of British mysteries and novels), I often wondered what clotted cream was. It always sounded so delicious, and am grateful to have the answer, finally. Got to try this!

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    Katrina
    February 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I had clotted cream for the first time at my first High Tea in York, England last summer while on vacation. I had wondered how it was made, and now I can re-create it! I’m so excited to thy it this weekend. Thank you for this, and for a yummy looking scone recipe.

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      Sue
      February 4, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Let me know how it turns out, Katrina, and remember to find non-ultra pasteurized cream!

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    Linda@There and Back Again
    February 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Your timing is perfect. I’m testing a scone recipe and would love to have clotted cream to go with it. Thanks for showing how to make my own! The tea looked lovely. Everyone should enjoy a full-on proper tea at least once in their life, and hopefully more than once!

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    February 4, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Looks like that you had a great time at the Biltmore!
    Your clotted cream looks fantastic, Sue.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Scones and clotted cream are one of my most favourite things and I’m super jealous of your tea at the Biltmore! Must try making some.

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    cheri
    February 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    What a gorgeous place to have tea, the clotted cream sounds divine.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    what a fun time at the most gorgeous place ever. the cream looks silky and sweet and divine

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    Amy
    February 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Looks like such a fun and elegant afternoon! I covet the three-level tray and all the goodies on it. As for scones .. I’ve never liked them. They’re always dry and crumbly, but they do hold up well under the weight of clotted cream, the best part of eating scones. I trust you though and might try one of your scone recipes, along with the clotted cream.

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    Susan
    February 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    The LA Biltmore is gorgeous. What a beautiful place to enjoy tea and what a wonderful idea you came away with! I’d love to try making the clotted cream too (I’ve actually never tasted it). Thanks for the delicious idea!

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    Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious
    February 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I used to do the pastries for afternoon and Sunday tea serving along with the “club room” daily tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena (which used to be the Ritz Carlton). This post brought me back. We used to go through soooo much Devonshire cream, it was nuts. We’d serve big quenelles of it on a platter with fresh orchid flowers in the middle for decoration. Heavenly.

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      GRACE ST
      March 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I came across your post… Devonshire cream, I love it when someone knows this item for English split scones, then cucumber sandwich.

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    Lila Smith
    February 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    i just found your blog on Pinterest, and I am so enjoying everything!! I was wondering if you left the oven at 180 degrees or bring it up to then turn it off? I can’t wait to try the clotted cream with the cardamom scones!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      You leave it on the whole time, Lila, I’ll edit the recipe to make it clearer, thanks!

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    Sippitysup
    February 3, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love Los Angeles for all it’s diversity! Tripe tacos for breakfast and clotted cream with high tea in the afternoon. GREG

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Never had a tripe taco, but I’ll take your word for it Greg :)

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      Jojo
      June 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

      You da man Greg! Love that your palate is so adventurous cuz tripe tacos to die for…we grew up on them! Joao

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    Linda @ForkandForage
    February 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Oh my, how I miss proper Clotted Cream! I spent a good deal of my youth living in Devon and cream teas were one of my faves. Must try this recipe.

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Wow, you’ll have to report back Linda…I’m not an expert like you, but I’ve had my share of clotted cream, and I think this is great.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Oh my! Who knew??? Clotted cream sounds so decedent and like butter only better! The scones look pretty fantastic too – a perfect combination! We love the Biltmore (in Ashville, NC). An amazing era. Your photos of the afternoon tea are wonderful!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I can just imagine tea at the Ashville Biltmore…I still haven’t been to see it but I hear it’s incredible, it’s going on my 2015 bucket list!

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    Christina
    February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    OMG, I am drooling over that clotted cream! My cousin sent me a postcard from England with this recipe on it years ago and why I still have never made is beyond me! This looks absolutely brilliant, Sue.
    It was so much fun to go to the Biltmore with you and Cynthia, and I hope we can do it again soon!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

      I am seriously blown away by the texture of this stuff…you need to make it asap!

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    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    February 3, 2015 at 6:29 am

    So jealous of your tea! It looks absolutely regal. And that clotted cream looks insane. I just made homemade butter, and it definitely won’t be the last time I do!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I think it’s fascinating that butter and clotted cream are essentially the same thing, but with such different tastes and textures!

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    Monica
    February 3, 2015 at 6:13 am

    What a lovely tea! I make scones for my family and whenever we have them, I start speaking in my fake British accent and saying things about clotted cream. : ) So I am so happy to learn how it’s actually made. Thank you!! Looks perfect.

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Haha! I have bought the expensive little jars from Britain when i really wanted to get fancy, but this homemade version makes so much sense, I mean how good can anything made with fresh cream be in a jar?

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    Monique
    February 3, 2015 at 5:46 am

    The Biltmore .well looks positively superb.
    My husband is a fan of cream..sour..clotted..all kinds..Good to know..Thanks!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Let me know how it works for you Monique.

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    Jennifer Farley
    February 3, 2015 at 5:43 am

    The clotted cream looks wonderful! I’ve always loved it but have never thought to try making it from scratch. And I’m so excited (and flattered) that you made and enjoyed my scones!!! Thank you :)

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 7:28 am

      I LOVED your scones, I may have to alter my basic recipe :)

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        Helen
        April 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

        i am having trouble finding heavy cream , is it the same as whipping cream?

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          Sue
          April 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

          Yes, you can use either, Helen, but you need to look for cream that is NOT ultra-pasteurized.

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    Mary
    February 3, 2015 at 4:54 am

    I adore going to tea and I imagine that the Biltmore is just about as lovely that it gets for that kind of experience. What a fun afternoon!!

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      Sue
      February 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

      It’s kind of hard to live that afternoon down, but the homemade clotted cream helps…thanks for stopping by Mary.

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        Ashley
        January 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        It seems Organic Valley is about the only one who makes pasteurized Heavy Cream, but I am not able to find it in the Whole Food stores in Los Angeles area. Would you let me know what brand you use and where do you get that from?
        Thank You

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