- Devon Clotted Cream
- Strawberry Fruit Spread
The One Percent
This being our 10th blog post, we are officially 1% of the way through our journey through the book “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die” by Mimi Sheraton. This being our first small milestone on a long journey we decided to head to Grandma Miller’s house and join cousins Addison and Finn for afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream, a favorite of the wealthy one per-centers in England.
Devon Clotted Cream
I’ve seen a few recipes for homemade clotted cream online. My mom even offered to make it for us, as it’s a time consuming project. However, we wanted to be really authentic and get the clotted cream from Devon, England. In America the most authentic clotted cream you can find is from the Devon Cream Company, which comes in jars. Obviously this isn’t the best clotted cream in the world, as it’s imported across the Atlantic. If you want the real deal fresh stuff you have to get on a plane. I was able to find the jars in Eugene at Market of Choice. They carry both Clotted Cream and Devon Double Cream. Apparently the difference between the two is that clotted cream is thicker and has a slightly more sour taste.
Strawberry Fruit Spread
To go along with our clotted cream I picked up an organic strawberry fruit spread made in by Sweet Creek Foods in Elmira, Oregon, about 30 minutes from our house.
How is Clotted Cream Made?
The Discovery Channel put together this nice short video on how clotted cream is made. It’s worth a quick watch.
Baking at Grandma’s House
My mom has always enjoyed hosting tea parties, and makes wonderful scones. She volunteered to host us and help the kids bake the scones from scratch. Oldest kids Elliott and Addison had a fun time with grandma mixing the scone ingredients together and watching grandma do the rolling, as Finn and Miles played on the floor. Nicole and I usually like to get our hands dirty cooking; but this was a fun time for grandma and the kids to make memories.
Pepperberries Scone Recipe
My mom got her scone recipe from family friend Tammy Berry who owns the kitchen store Pepperberries in Eugene.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Beat egg. Mix into cream. Blend into dry ingredients. Roll out cut in wedges. Dust with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes.
One thing grandma Miller said is that normal British scones are round, but she likes to make them the American way, which is in triangles.
The Tea Controversy
Sitting down for tea and scones we had to decide how to settle the clotted cream controversy. In England there is a debate when preparing your scone with regard to the order you place your clotted cream and strawberry jam. In Devon the clotted cream goes on first, in Cornwall the jam goes on first. Since our jar of clotted creme is from Devon, we decided to do it the Devon way. I’m sure we will get loads of hate mail from Cornwall.
Yumm. First off let me give props to my mom for making some truly wonderful scones. They were warm, and fluffy and perfectly made. The strawberry fruit spread from Sweet Creek Foods was also really good, not too sugary or syrupy with lots of chunks of strawberries. Okay, but the star of this show is the clotted cream. I thought it was wonderful. It’s a spread that sits somewhere between whipped cream and butter in consistency and flavor. Very rich and creamy, however I imagine if you eat too much of this you will get clotted arteries.
For me the scone was the star of the show. Even though I knew I was meant to focus and thoughtfully consider the clotted cream, before I even knew what I was doing I was helping myself to a second scone with no adornments. The clotted cream was a nice addition, I agree with Jason that it is not sweet like you would think a whipped cream, but not salty like butter (that is if you buy salted butter) or as firm. The consistency was very thick which reminded me of a cream cheese frosting. I noticed that even though we were treated to fresh out of the oven warm scones, it didn’t melt and spread into the baked goodness like a butter would. I think I might actually stick to butter.
Grandma said that while this clotted cream was good she still prefers to make her own, as it’s fresher. My dad also showed up after we were done eating and really liked this sweet treat, especially the strawberry spread.
Will Kids Like it?
Fluffy scones, sweet strawberry jam and a whipped cream like spread. Yes, kids will love this and ours certainly did. Elliott said it was one of the best things we have tried yet. He encouraged Addison by telling her it tasted like ice cream. Miles was seen trying to swipe extra bites off of Finn’s plate.