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Clotted/Devon cream?
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:00:14 PM »
I would LOVE to make this.  I haven't seen a recipe or tutorial on it before, anyone?

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Re: Clotted/Devon cream?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 12:47:46 AM »
I had not even heard about it. It would like to know how is it made. Can anybody please share the recipe?

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Re: Clotted/Devon cream?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 01:17:33 AM »
I haven't made it but I've researched it because a friend of mine who goes to England frequently swears there is nothing better to eat with scones...  and he bemoans the fact that clotted cream is so hard to find here (Whole Foods and similar stores have it).

My interpretation of the recipes I've seen:

Use whole raw milk.  That is, straight from the cow, non-pasteurized, non-homogenized milk.  The higher the fat content the buttter (i.e., Jersey, Guernsey).  Let the raw milk sit out 12 hours at room temperature to culture.  In some recipe variations I've seen, heavy cream is substituted for raw milk, but you should avoid the heavy creams that have artificial thickeners added, like carrageenan.  If you use heavy cream, make sure it isn't ultra-pasteurized.

Heat the milk to almost boiling on the stove, but don't let it boil.  It should be just below simmering.  Hold at that temperature for an hour.  Let cool.  Put in fridge to cool more.  Skim the slightly yellowed, thickened (clotted), cream off the top and put it in a jar.  Use the remaining skimmed milk to feed the chickens or to make Swiss cheese.

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Re: Clotted/Devon cream?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 03:56:58 AM »
Hey Caseus, Thanx for sharing the recipe :)

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Re: Clotted/Devon cream?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 09:33:18 AM »
Martin, if you try it, please let me know how it turns out.  As I said, it's on my list, but I haven't tried it myself yet. 

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Re: Clotted/Devon cream?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 09:58:18 PM »
Hmmm I seem to recall someone making clotted cream a few years back ...

Here is a method from a book published in 1920

Devonshire Cream. Clotted cream is chiefly made in
Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall. It is, however, possible
to make it in any part of the country where milk
of good quality is available. The warm milk is strained
into shallow pans 6 to 8 in. deep and allowed to stand
undisturbed for 12 or 24 hours, the length of time
varying with the time of year.
The pans are now removed to a stove and the milk
heated very gradually to a temperature of 170 to 190
Fahrenheit. This should be done very slowly, or the
proper flavour is not obtained about 20 to 30
minutes is the minimum time which should be
The pans are then removed to the dairy and allowed
to cool, and in summer they are often placed in cold
water. The cream is skimmed off after about 12 hours,
using a perforated skimmer. Clotted cream may be
churned, but in this case the scald is not so high, 170
Fahrenheit being the maximum.
The old-fashioned method of churning clotted cream
was to place it in a tub and stir or beat with the hand
till butter is produced. Butter made from clotted cream
requires thorough washing to remove the butter-milk
or the keeping properties will be poor.
Cream Ripening. The management of the cream
from the time it leaves the separator until it is churned
is a matter of the greatest importance. The flavour,
the texture, and the keeping properties of the butter
are influenced by the conditions under which the cream
has been kept. Cream may be churned either in a
sweet or in a ripened condition.
In some districts there is a good demand for butter
made from sweet cream. This butter is paler in colour
than that made from ripened cream, and has a mild
creamy flavour. It is usually considered to have poor
keeping qualities, but if carefully made and thoroughly
washed to remove the buttermilk it will be found to
keep in good condition for a reasonable time. The loss
of fat is greater in churning sweet or unripened cream,
though this loss need not be more than 1 per cent, if
the churning temperature is properly regulated.
If the cream is to be churned sweet, it should be
thoroughly cooled on leaving the separator and kept at
a fairly low temperature for several hours before being
churned. This gives a firmer butter than if the cream
were merely cooled just before churning. The usual
practice is to ripen the cream before churning.

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Another make - with crockpot instead of stove
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 05:25:53 AM »
Devonshire Cream – in a Crockpot
First a warning: this recipe does not meet safe food handling guidelines. It is based loosely on Episode 8 of  Edwardian Farm (BBC) in a segment called “Devon County Dairy Board School.” Devonshire Cream made from the fresh sweet, high-fat milk of the native Devon cattle was a treat sold to tourists in Devon in the 19th century.
Traditionally Devonshire Cream is cooked “on the back of the stove” meaning long time and low temperature. An old caution is “if it boils, it spoils.”
   Place fresh milk, still warm from the cow in a Crockpot with a ceramic liner. You must use non-homogenized milk.
   Adding culture is optional. Gently mix in one ounce of Flor Danica prepared culture or 1/8th teaspoon of Flor Danica DVI culture powder per gallon of milk if desired. Do not over-stir. Culture is required with pasteurized milk.
   Allow milk to sit undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature. This allows the cream to rise and the bacteria to grow.
   Turn the Crockpot to the setting required to maintain a temperature between 175* and 195* F. Cook uncovered.  Do NOT stir. Do NOT allow to boil. After many hours, 8 in my crock pot, the cream’s surface will have a wavy texture, and a buttery color, the edges will have a light brown tinge.
   Turn off heat. Allow cream and milk to cool thoroughly – several hours or overnight. Do NOT cover.
   Using a skimmer, gently lift sections of the cream layer off the surface of the milk. Allow any excess milk to drip off before gently sliding the rounds of cream into a stack in a small glass dish.
Chill thoroughly (several hours or overnight). Serve traditionally at your next “Cream Tea” with sliced strawberries and plain biscuits.
from Kendy Sawyer, HineSite Milking Devons in Fries, Virginia