Photo by Rebecca Firkser

It's not traditional, but it's definitely delicious 

Kate Welsh
May 15, 2018

When I was about 12, my family traveled to England to visit family friends. One afternoon, we went to a tea room—you know, when in Rome—and tucked in to a full spread. There were pots of tea, platters of scones, bowls of jam, and—the crown jewel, as far as I was concerned—clotted cream. I had never had it before, and the buttery, tangy, whipped cream spread blew my mind. If I weren’t hyper aware of conducting myself in a deeply proper manner, I would have spooned the whole jar into my mouth. And then possibly licked the lid. As it was, I generously plopped a dollop on every bite of currant scone.

For those who don’t know, clotted cream—also known as Devonshire or Cornish cream—is basically exactly what it sounds like. Traditionally, it’s made by slowly heating heavy cream and skimming off the cream that clots at the top as it cools.

And while I’d say clotted cream is absolutely necessary for a proper high tea, I realized I did not have the patience to make it myself. There are simply better things for me to do with my kitchen appliances than keep my oven on its lowest setting for upwards of 12 hours and occupy a shelf of my fridge for at least eight. So, fortunately for everyone, there’s a way to approximate the creamy, tangy of richness of clotted cream in about five minutes. This is clotted cream for lazy people.

Clotted Cream for Lazy People


1 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup sour cream

1 generous teaspoon powdered sugar

1 pinch of salt


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in whipping cream. 
  2. Use hand mixer or stand mixer's whisk attachment to whip cream into peaks. 
  3. Add sour cream, powdered sugar, and salt to cream, and whisk by hand to combine. 
  4. Store in the fridge until tea time. 

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