Vegans get excited about this 3-ingredient vegan clotted cream recipe. This recipe has the same rich flavor and creamy texture as the traditional version. But unlike the original recipe, vegan clotted cream can be made in just a few minutes!
If you are like me, an American, you probably remember the first time you had clotted cream. It was heaven. Pure heaven. My friends had to explain what it was because I had never heard of it before. When I returned to the UK several years later, I found it in Scotland. I was so excited you could hear me squeal.
If you have never heard of this dairy delight, let me do my best to explain it with some help from Wikipedia. Clotted cream, also known as Devonshire cream, is from southwestern England. This delicacy is traditionally served with scones and jam during afternoon tea.
Clotted cream is made by heating unpasteurized cow's milk in a shallow pan until a thick layer of cream rises to the surface and forms clots. The clotted cream is then skimmed off and cooled before being served. This process takes 18 - 24 hours.
What is Vegan Clotted Cream
While I love clotted cream, it is not something I can enjoy as a vegan. It is also something that is not easily found in the US. Instead of the traditional, I have a vegan clotted cream recipe that is rich, decadent, and can be made in five minutes. Five minutes sounds a whole lot better than several hours any day!
To achieve this closeness, coconut cream is the solution (As vegan bakers everywhere can attest, coconut cream saves the day again!)
This recipe is perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike. But especially for vegans who want cream tea or a Victoria sponge cake.
Benefits of Vegan Clotted Cream
This recipe offers many benefits, especially if you have dietary restrictions or want to enjoy a lower-fat version. Here are some potential benefits:
- Plant-based: This version is free of any animal products, which makes it ideal for vegans, vegetarians, and those who avoid dairy products due to lactose intolerance or other dietary restrictions.
- Lower in saturated fat: This is ideal for people watching their cholesterol. They can have the same flavor and richness but without the cholesterol.
- Tailor Made: Modifying this recipe to meet your preference is easy. For example, cinnamon, vanilla, or other spices can be added to add flair.
However, it's important to note that this version is rich and indulgent. I won't tell if you enjoy it on scones and in my coffee all week, just like I did
What I love about this Recipe
- Super easy to make!
- Taste delicious with vegan scones.
- You can enjoy this recipe with so many things beyond scones.
- It's ready in minutes instead of hours.
- Coconut Cream - 6 tablespoons - You can substitute vegan cream, vegan double cream, or any other cream if it is at least 50% fat. Cold coconut cream works the best. I recommend always having a can in your refrigerator for spontaneous baking.
- Vegan Butter - 4 tablespoons - Any plant-based butter works with this recipe. Use cold butter.
- Confectioner's Sugar - 3 tablespoons.
Price - Target's Organic Good and Gather Brand is the best price I have found for Coconut Cream. It is about half the price of coconut cream at my local Kroger.
Storage - I recommend keeping two cans in the refrigerator if you like to bake. That way, you are ready to bake when the mood strikes you.
Draining - Open the can on the opposite side or upside down from how it was stored. The extra liquid will now be on top, and you can easily pour it out.
- Using a handheld mixer, blend the ingredients until light and fluffy.
- Serve with scones and jam, delicious baked goods, or fruit.
It is really that simple.
What to Serve With Vegan Clotted Cream
While scone is the traditional food to enjoy with clotted cream, the goodness does not need to stop there. There are so many different ways to enjoy this deliciousness. Keep reading for ways to enjoy clotted cream beyond scones.
|Cheese boards||Try adding vegan clotted cream to your next cheese board. It is a welcome indulgent addition to any cheese board.|
|Crumbles||Next time you serve a crumble, try putting a dollop on the side instead of ice cream. It is a genuinely unexpected treat!|
|Coffee||A rich and indulgent addition to a cup of coffee.|
|Desserts||Add a dollop on top of pies, tarts, cheesecakes, and cakes.|
|Fresh Fruit||A delicious accompaniment to berries, peaches, and other fruits.|
|Pancakes and Waffles||A butter or whipped cream substitute on pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Add peach compote to take your breakfast to the next level.|
|Pastry Filling||It can be used as a filling for croissants, danishes, and other pastries.|
|Pies||Adds richness and creaminess to sweet or savory pies.|
|Scones and Jam||Scones collated cream and jam are a classic British treat often served with tea.|
Fun Fact: Four recognized variations of clotted cream originate from the United Kingdom. They are:
|Cornish||Rich, sweet||Cornwall, England||Thick, firm||Spoonable|
|Devonshire||Rich, creamy||Devon, England||Thick, smooth||Spoonable|
|English||Rich, buttery||England||Thick, dense||Spreadable|
|Scottish||Slightly tangy||Scotland||Thick, creamy||Spreadable|
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes and no. Traditional clotted cream and whipped cream are very different. They are made using other methods and have different textures and flavors.
However, vegan clotted cream and vegan whipped cream are essentially the same. The only real difference is the ratios and mixing time.
First, it is distinctly British; not many Americans know about it. Also, the traditional recipe uses unpasteurized milk, which cannot be sold in the US. There are pasteurized versions that can be found in specialty stores.
I tested this a few times, and the room-temperature butter split each time. Cold butter will take a few minutes longer but not separated.
Refrigerator Instructions: Transfer to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before using, give it a good stir to recombine the ingredients.
Freezer Instructions: Yes, clotted cream can be frozen, but it may change in texture and consistency once it thaws. I recommend not freezing it.
Vegan Clotted Cream
- 1 Hand Mixer
- 1 small bowl
- 6 tablespoons (90g) coconut cream
- 4 tablespoons (56g) vegan butter, cold
- 3 tablespoons (24g) confectioner's sugar
- Mix: Using a handheld mixer, blend the ingredients together until light and fluffy.6 tablespoons (90g) coconut cream, 4 tablespoons (56g) vegan butter, cold, 3 tablespoons (24g) confectioner's sugar
- Serve: Serve with scones and jam, delicious baked goods, or fruit.
Freezer Instructions: Vegan-lotted cream does not freeze well, and I do not recommend it.
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