Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe is from Alton Brown. (This is a recipe I adopted from the Zaar account.)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups pasteurized cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
  • coffee filter


  1. Set a coffee filter basket, lined with a filter, in a strainer, over a bowl.
  2. Pour the cream almost to the top of the filter.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. The whey will sink to the bottom passing through the filter leaving a ring of clotted cream.
  5. Scrape this down with a rubber spatula and repeat every couple of hours until it reaches the consistency of soft cream cheese.
  6. This could take from 8 to 12 hours.


Most Helpful

This turned out beautifully. I scraped it down once every two hours until the consistancy was that of thin yogurt. Caution: this thickens as it stands at room temperature so make it a little thinner than you think it should be. Perfect on scones with lemon curd and on strawberry shortcake. Regular pasturized cream MUST be used but it is well worth the time and effort for an authentic clotted cream. (especially because a 6 oz. jar in the store can cost $12)

muddwife May 29, 2012

I hunted for days for regular pasteurized cream and finally found it. It didn't matter though - this didn't work at all.

Qmeg June 08, 2009

I am not going to rate this because I took a gamble with the directions and lost. I could not find cream that was not ultra pasteurized, so I took a chance and used heavy cream that was ultra pasteurized. Guess what? It didn't work! So just a word to the wise, unless you can find cream that is not ultra pasteurized, I would try something else.

tara portee October 09, 2005

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