How to Make Clotted Cream

Homemade clotted cream

Homemade Clotted Cream ~ (aka Devonshire or Cornish Cream) this luxurious spreadable cream is a must for afternoon tea and scones, but no need to buy those pricey little imported bottles, because now you can make it right in your own kitchen with my easy recipe.

tea at the Biltmore Hotel

“I have done this clotted cream several times now and have been successful each time. The family is looking forward to scones and clotted cream this Christmas morning.”

~ Jean

If you’ve never had a classic English afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream, you’re missing out!

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

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.)

What is 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.

A tiered tea tray with tea sandwiches and scones for High Tea at the Biltmore

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.

What does clotted cream taste like?

Clotted cream tastes like lightly ‘cooked’ cream, but it’s not the taste it’s famous for, it’s the amazingly thick, silky texture! The mouthfeel of clotted cream is like nothing else, and definitely shouldn’t be missed.

homemade clotted cream in a small jar, with scones

How to make 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.
  • 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.
making homemade clotted cream

How long does clotted cream last

  • This is a fresh cream product, and will need to be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 2 weeks, but honestly, it disappears faster than that every time.
homemade clotted cream in a mason jar, with spoon.

What to do with the whey leftover from making clotted cream

You can use the whey in baking, for making oatmeal, or in smoothies.

Homemade clotted cream in a jar with a knife

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 ready to bake

What to eat with your homemade clotted cream

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 in a jar with scones

Tips for making clotted cream

  • Make sure your cream is not ‘ultra pasteurized’, you will need to find regular pasteurized cream at a Whole Foods or other similar store. Ultra pasteurized cream has been treated in a way that prevents it from ‘clotting’.
  • 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’.
homemade clotted cream with scones
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Homemade Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream ~ (aka Devonshire or Cornish Cream) this luxurious spreadable cream is a must for afternoon tea and scones, but no need to buy those pricey little imported bottles, because now you can make it right in your own kitchen!
Course preserves
Cuisine British
Cook Time 12 hours
chilling 12 hours
Total Time 1 day
Yield 1 pint
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • set your oven to 180F
  • Pour the cream into the casserole dish. It should come up about 1-3 inches on the side.
  • 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.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and set to cool. Then cover and refrigerate. Note: the cream may seem thin at this point, but is going to thicken considerably overnight.
  • 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..
  • Spread the clotted cream on freshly baked scones.
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  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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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    [email protected] 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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    [email protected]'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.

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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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