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5 Easy Clotted Cream Recipes To DIY Yourself

What’s better than jam and a big dollop of clotted cream on a scone? Practically nothing! But did you know that with the right clotted cream recipe, it’s super easy to make a batch at home? Seriously. All you need is heavy cream, a way to heat it gently, and time!

Read on to find out the right method for you and your own kitchen and get started making your own clotted cream today.

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Clotted cream recipes you can make at home!

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How Do You Make Clotted Cream?

Clotted cream is made from heavy cream that is gently heated (never boiled!) until it separates. Then the thick creamy layer is scraped off the top and voila! Clotted Cream!

The process works best if you pour the cream into a shallow container like a pie pan so there’s more surface area available for the heat to work its magic.

How Long Does it Take to Make Clotted Cream?

This process takes a looooong time! Since the heavy cream is gently heated, it takes hours before it starts to separate into that delicious clotted cream. And when I say hours, I mean 12+ hours.

After the gentle heating, the cream must be refrigerated until it’s cool enough to easily separate the solids from the liquids.

So if you don’t have 2-3 days to make your own clotted cream, you may need to purchase some store-bought jarred clotted cream instead.

clotted cream can be made in an instant pot
If you have time, you can make perfect clotted cream at home.

Clotted Cream Ingredients

Believe it or not, to make this spreadably wonderful topping for your favorite scone all you need is one ingredient:

  • Heavy Cream

What Kind of Cream Do You Use for Clotted Cream?

Look for heavy cream that has NOT been ultra-pasteurized.

Dairy products are ultra-pasteurized to lengthen their shelf life. An ultra-pasteurized cream may also be labeled UHT which stands for ultra high temperature pasteurization. Stay away from ultra-pasteurized cream if you want to make clotted cream as it won’t work well!

Raw heavy cream and pasteurized heavy cream is fine as long as it is not ultra-pasteurized.

Five Easy Clotted Cream Recipes to Make at Home

Clotted Cream in a Slow Cooker

Since clotted cream results from heavy cream cooked gently for a long time, the slow cooker or Crockpot seems like the obvious choice to whip up a batch. And that’s just what Jess Loves Baking has done in her slow cooker clotted cream recipe. I like nothing better than a set it and forget it recipe, especially if I’m busy planning other parts of an afternoon tea.

Making Clotted Cream in an Instant Pot

Did you know there is actually a yogurt setting on the Instant Pot? Neither did I! This recipe from uses the Instant Pot at the low, slow-cook setting for 12 hours. Remember when I said it takes a long time! The result is gorgeous and creamy and perfect on scones.

Clotted Cream Recipe for the Oven

If you don’t have a crock pot or an Instant Pot, no worries. It’s perfectly simple to make a batch of clotted cream in your oven. Just remember the gentle heating and the long time period. This recipe from Curious Cuisiniere does just that and results in gorgeous clotted cream.

How to Make Clotted Cream on the Stovetop

If you have a large heavy frying pan you can try this method from Fearless Fresh. This method requires more hands on work, but if you’re already in the kitchen, you might as well give it a try!

Making Clotted Cream in the Microwave

Finally, if you don’t have any of the other methods available to you, you can also make clotted cream the microwave. I haven’t tried this method, but Charlé at PantsDownApronsOn, shares how to make microwave clotted cream in only about 20 minutes. Definitely worth checking out.

Can You Buy Clotted Cream?

Of course, if you want to skip all the culinary magic and just purchase ready-made clotted cream there are many choices available. They’ll definitely be more expensive than home-made, but sometimes the convenience is worth it.

Clotted Cream - 6 oz

Clotted Cream Recipes are Easy if You Have Plenty of Time

So there you have it! Three ways to make a deliciously creamy, rich batch of clotted cream. You won’t be disappointed in the results! Just leave plenty of time for this slow cooked scone topping!

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