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Clotted cream

Mon, 22 October, 2018

How to make clotted cream at home? This recipe (which is not really a recipe) will show you how.

clotted cream

Homemade clotted cream is a dangerous thing

The first time I made it, we had people staying for the weekend. We all went out for food, or I cooked, and at one or two occasions (several, to be honest) we had proper cream tea with freshly baked scones and the homemade clotted cream.

As I calculated afterwards, between the six of us we consumed a litre of double cream over that weekend.

cream tea

Scary, huh?

But I’ll tell you, that was not the time to count calories or worry about arteries. The cream (albeit marginally overbaked and thus christened ‘the clot’) was divine.

To be honest, my scones and jam were not too shabby either, but The Clot was the star of the gig.

It’s amazing how simple it is to make: well, you have to have an electric oven that will keep super-low temperature consistently and you have to run it for the whole day.

But other than that, it’s basically baking cream and not, as I imagined, some mystic Cornish process involving collecting dew drops of crème-de-la-crème at dawn.

homemade clotted cream

Just be careful with it. My advice is, do a small quantity unless you have an army round for cream tea. It will. All. Go. In a (too fast!) heartbeat.

Have clotted cream, need scones

Recipe for traditional, plain English scones. My best scone recipe to date produces fluffy classic scones, as big or as small as you want to cut them. Homemade scones freeze very well though are really the best warm from the oven.

Fruit scones, light and fluffy, with a good raisin count are perfect for a cream tea. The secret: don't twist the cutter and don't overbake the scones.

Recipe for soft scones with pineapple flavour. This recipe makes plain scones with pineapple tang. That’s because the dough is made with pineapple juice instead of milk. Very good result – plain scones with pineapple flavour.

scone with cream

Clotted cream

Servings: makes 1 cup of clotted creamTime: 12 hours plus chilling


  • 300ml (1 ¼ cup) double cream, or any desired amount
  • scones and jam to serve, obviously


1. The timing requires to keep the oven on for the whole night. If you're worried to leave it on overnight, set the cream first thing in the morning and it will be baked at the end of the day; it can then be chilled overnight.

baked cream

2. Pour the cream into a shallow dish so it’s no more than 3cm/1in deep. Place it in the oven set to 80-85C/175-185F and leave for 10-12 hours – it needs to set through without any liquid at the bottom so a glass or Pyrex dish is handy for this.

baked cream after chilling

3. Let it cool to room temperature, cover the dish with cling film and chill in the fridge for 6-12 hours. Scrape it to a container - and dollop on scones. It will keep in the fridge for a week easily, but disappear much sooner than that.

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