Clotted Cream | Easy To Make At Home

I usually leave the destination of our holidays up to Dave. I am quite happy to go anywhere new, and to travel as often as possible. For our first ever overseas trip where we booked an apartment, we chose to stay in Dartmouth. Being in Devon we had to try ‘cream tea’ which is a scone served with clotted cream, butter and jam. The people in Cornwall reckon their cream teas are better, and so to compare we tried them in both counties. Personally, I could not choose between the two, but I so enjoyed the clotted cream that we bought a tub of it to take with us to London. This was used as a topping for chocolate brownies which we bought at Borough Market. In the UK you can have clotted cream posted to you. With our brilliant postal system in South Africa, if the cream ever got to you it would be off. Postage can take months to get to us. I was so pleased to read this recipe in my Taste Magazine and even more pleased to realize that clotted cream is so easy to make. Now at least I don’t have to wait for our next visit to the UK to enjoy a cream tea.

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Clotted Cream
Clotted Cream
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Clotted Cream

This is the ideal accompaniment to scones!
Recipe Category: Dessert
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From Taste Magazine July 2014 page 70


  • 250 mls cream


  • Place the cream into a sauce pan
  • Bring to a simmer over a low temperature
  • Leave to reduce for an hour, stirring occasionally
  • When thick transfer to a glass bowl
  • Leave to cool before covering and placing into the fridge overnight

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37 thoughts on “Clotted Cream | Easy To Make At Home

  1. Oh delicious! 🙂 Love that you got your compare on, but couldn’t decide which was better. Hmm… I think our postal system is pretty great, never lost anything or had it arrive months later. Is that South Africa as a whole or just regional parts of the country your mail takes for ever?

  2. There was a stall at the Oranjezicht market on Saturday that was selling scones with clotted cream. It looked like fresh cream that had been beaten to the point that it was nearly butter. Thanks for sharing how to make it. I never knew! xx

  3. Hadn’t realsied how easy it is to make – I love clotted cream! My grandparents met in Dartmouth during the second world war – my grandmother was a Wren ferrying the sailors across the river to their boats and my grandfather was in the Royal Navy so it has a special place in my heart!

  4. Mmm – often thought about making this but never have – thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Woohoo, can’t believe I can have clotted cream at home. We enjoyed it a few times when we visited the UK and I have dreamed about it ever since.
    Thanks for the wonderfully easy recipe Tandy.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. Thank you for sharing this Tandy! Dartmouth and Devon are my number 1 destination of where I’d like to travel. I’ve read hundreds of books about this area ~ and of course read about the wonderful clotted cream. I must make this to celebrate Agatha Christie!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh, I just adore those Devonshire cream teas! Thanks so much for this easy peasy recipe, Tandy. I’ve never thought of making my own clotted cream. 🙂 The postal service in the USA is absolutely brilliant and totally reliable. What a pleasure after the awful experiences we’ve had in SA.

  8. I made a cheater’s version of clotted cream recently with mascarpone and heavy cream…but I definitely need to try this real deal version!

  9. Oh man, I’m sorry about the long postage delay… that’s so long!! This recipe looks delicious though! Sounds so good on brownies! YUM!

  10. 5 stars
    I always used to wonder about the taste, texture and appearance of clotted cream when ever I came across a recipe with clotted cream. Thanks to your post…now i even know how to make it 🙂

  11. Anthony’s Aunt lives in Plymouth so when we stayed there on and off for 18 months, she always had clotted cream when we visited. I like it but Anthony loves it so she was a bit of a pusher, always dolloping on more. It’s weird stuff – almost stringy and so sticky but there’s nothing like it is there?

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