Clotted cream is one of the most popular products at our Berlin store, and it’s something which people will come from far and wide to buy. Never a common sight to begin with, in these post-Brexit times it’s become harder and harder to find. Even in a city the size of Berlin, it’s available from only a tiny number of outlets, and supply is patchy to say the least. In fact, some of our customers have told us that even the biggest and most famous department store in Berlin can’t get hold of it!
Dalriata is no rival to a store of that size and reputation (yet!), but at least we can beat them in one small way. We do our best to be a place where you will always be able to find clotted cream, and we’re sure you’ll agree that our prices are some of the best around.
What is clotted cream?
Clotted cream is a delicacy most commonly associated with the southwest of England, in particular the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Like cheese, it originated as a way to preserve milk and get the most out of it.
As the name implies, it’s a type of dairy cream, produced by heating cows’ milk in shallow pans for many hours, then leaving it to cool. This process forms “clots” of very rich, sweet cream with a distinctive grainy, almost crunchy texture.
Is clotted cream similar to whipped cream?
Yes and no! One look tells you that it is extremely thick compared to normal whipping cream, and contains about three times more fat. It lacks that light, fluffy character which whipped cream usually has. It has a slight sweetness, but its taste is more like butter than cream. That long, slow baking process means that clotted cream is gently toasted, giving it a very mild nutty, malty character quite unlike any other dairy product.
How do you eat clotted cream?
Clotted cream is most commonly associated with cream tea. This indulgent afternoon snack is a particular specialty of the tea rooms of Devon and Cornwall, but can also be found all over England, and sometimes even further afield. A pot of tea is accompanied by scones, jam, and of course, clotted cream!
Despite what certain novels and TV shows might have you believe, afternoon cream teas are not an everyday occurrence in England. In fact, outside of very special occasions, most people would rarely indulge in such decadence. But don’t let that put you off – thanks to us, you can treat yourself whenever you like!
Why is clotted cream so hard to find?
We wish we knew! Sure, Brexit makes matters more complicated, but even before that it was a pretty rare sight.
We know that some people make clotted cream themselves at home. This is certainly an option, and if done right the results will be delicious. However, it’s not a simple process, and it takes quite a long time. To make things even harder, it’s often difficult to find the right kind of cream in Germany. Most cream that’s available in supermarkets is too light to make good clotted cream. This can mean starting with whole milk, which makes the whole endeavour even longer.
While things are underway, you won’t be able to use your oven for anything else, and it can use a lot of energy. In these times of sky-high domestic bills, saving on gas and electricity is important for most of us. We think it’s much better to leave it to the professionals. Don’t go to all that trouble, simply pick up a jar at Dalriata whenever the mood takes you!