What Is Clotted Cream?

If you’re reading this in America, it’s highly likely that you’ve only ever heard of clotted cream and probably never tasted it. That might be because of legal issues (but, we’ll get more into that later in the article). But that shouldn’t stop you from getting to know clotted cream at an intellectual level, So, what is clotted cream? Let’s get into it. 

What is clotted cream?

Clotted cream aka Devonshire cream is a thick, creamy spread that originated in southwest Britain. It’s a little like whipped cream cheese, but not tangy. It’s traditionally served as an accompaniment to scones and jam, and sold in little jars.

How do you make clotted cream?

To make clotted cream in the traditional manner, simmer full-cream cow’s milk, then leave it to cool overnight. During this time, the cream content rises to the surface and forms “clots,” hence the name. In the morning, skim the thick coating off the top of the milk. Ta-da, you made clotted cream! Of course, these days, the process of making clotted cream is done on a larger scale and a bit differently. Producers skim cream off milk, then scald it in trays.

What does clotted cream taste like?

Clotted cream is often described as tasting like very high-quality unsalted butter—but with the richness of whipped cream. It can also have notes of nuttiness. Texturally speaking, clotted cream can be compared to softened cream cheese.

Is clotted cream sweet?

Clotted cream is sweet—but not in a sugary way. Clotted cream has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. If you want it sweeter, try adding a few Pixy Stix (actually, probably don’t). 

Why is clotted cream illegal?

A 1987 ruling from the Food and Drug Administration banned the interstate sale of raw milk in the U.S. And, since real clotted cream is made with unpasteurized milk (it helps the clotting), you won’t find mass-market clotted cream in the States. So, if you want to try it, you’ll have to travel to England or know a dairy farmer who can hook you up. Or you can make do with the legal, pasteurized stuff. But what fun is that?

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Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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