Clotted Cream: the quintessential scone accompaniment
We have been making Clotted Cream for our Afternoon Tea service since February 2020. We began making our own when the Canadian import quota from Tree of Life, ended and has not since been renewed. Making Clotted Cream is a long process but the result is a delicious spread (better than butter!) for scones with jam.
Over the months, we have perfected the process and have been experimenting with offering our Clotted Cream in jars, available to the public. We hope to develop this line of our business in the future. Until then, you can taste our Clotted Cream with your Afternoon Tea (to-go or dine-in).
Update January 2022 - Tree of Life has obtained some quota to import Clotted Cream and Devonshire Cream from England. You can currently find it in several stores. We have some of these jars on-hand too. You can stop by our shop on weekends to see if we have a jar we can sell you (note: our hours are irregular but weekend lunch time is best). Or better yet, you can order our Afternoon Tea To-Go and add a jar of the clotted cream to your order for pickup or delivery!
What does Clotted Cream taste like?
Clotted cream has been described as having a "nutty, cooked milk" flavour, and a "rich sweet flavour" with a texture that could be grainy. It is a thick cream, with a very high fat content. It is also referred to as: Double Cream, and Devonshire Cream with only slight differences. It is NOT the same thing as "creme fraiche" nor Chantilly Cream.
How is Clotted Cream made?
We make Clotted Cream by baking 35% pasturized whipping cream at a low temperature for 9-11 hours. Then it is cooled for several hours which creates the differing layers of cream. Once the layers seperate, hours and hours later, the Clotted Cream is strained away from the milk whey (which can be used to make delicious scones!). Then it is combined with a hand mixer to reach the desired consistency. The whole process takes 3 days so it's a real labour of love!
Why is it so hard to find Clotted Cream in Canada right now?
Importing Clotted Cream from the United Kingdom requires a permit to import. "The Canadian Government" has not allowed companies the quota to import Clotted Cream from England. If/when independent retail locations import Clotted Cream they would be (and are) subject to a tax and tarrif around 70% of the retail price of the cream. Wowza!
Can I just buy your Clotted Cream by itself?
Sometimes! When we have extra Clotted Cream we put it in small jars and sell it individually. If it's available we add stock to this item so please check there to see if it's available to purchase now; click here (if the page doesn't load, that means we don't have any, sorry!)
Thank you for your interest!