The handmade treats from The Blakemere Company will transport you to the English countryside. Using authentic English recipes and local farm cream, butter, and seasonal produce, they create an array of delicious products.
Amanda Fisher founded The Blakemere Company in November, 2011 in Chapel Hill. Originally from Devon, England, Amanda wanted to bring the taste of her homeland to America by sharing dishes that were normally only available freshly-made in England. She uses heirloom recipes or creates her own. Her Clotted Cream (a.k.a. Devonshire Delight) she learned to make on a farmhouse stove in Tavistock, Devon, when she was fifteen! Clotted Cream is heavy cream that is concentrated and thickened by gentle heat. The method takes a lot of time! Heavy cream is heated slowly for hours so the butterfat rises to the surface and the cream thickens. Then it is allowed to cool, so that the rich top layer can be scooped off the milky bottom layer. Clotted cream has been made in England since the Middle Ages. Monks at Tavistock Abbey in Devon were making it in the 13th century as a way to preserve cream, but it quickly became a desired treat. Read how to make it at The Blakemere Company’s website .
Today Amanda makes Clotted Cream at The Cookery in Durham. She also teaches classes at The Cookery School at A Southern Season. She sources cream and butter from the Homeland Creamery near Greensboro, NC, where the cows are grass-fed. She makes jams and chutneys in small batches.
Weaver Street Market carries these products from The Blakemere Company – recipes are taken from their website:
Devonshire Delight Clotted Cream is wonderful on Scones and Jam, which of course is the most traditional way of eating it, but Devonshire Delight is also delicious served as a dessert topping on fruit tarts, pie, cobbler, cake, or fresh berries.
Fresh Lemon Curd is wonderful on scones or toasted bread. It also makes a fabulous sundae with ice cream, whipped cream, and blueberries. Try making your french toast even more delicious and serve with lemon curd instead of syrup, or get fancy and make French Toast out of lemon curd sandwiches! Lemon curd is also lovely swirled into plain Greek yogurt.
Apricot and Almond Fruit Spread is good served with bread, toast, or English muffins. It also goes nicely with cream cheese on a multi grain bagel, it is delicious swirled into hot cereal, or use as a light and tasty topping for plain Greek yogurt.
Fig and Caramelized Onion Chutney is delicious with cold meats and tangy cheeses such as cave-aged Gruyere, Stilton, or aged goat cheese. It also livens up the flavor of mild cheeses like brie, cream cheese, and Marscapone. Try toasted pita wedges topped with brie and chutney for a quick hors d'oeuvres. Fig and Caramalized Onion Chutney is perfect in a classic ham and cheese sandwich with some tangy arugula.
Apple and Walnut Chutney (which also contains onions) is tasty with cold meats, in sandwiches, and with cheeses, especially creamy blue cheeses, sharp cheddar, brie, goat cheese, and asiago cheese. Try Apple and Walnut Chutney on a grown-up Grilled Cheese sandwich or make easy croustades for your next party with slices of French bread topped with Gorgonzola, fresh apple, and a spoonful of chutney. Briefly toast in a hot oven and serve warm.
Handmade Strawberry Jam (Flavored with Gin!)
Very Berry'n' Cherry Jam
Peach Apricot and Valencia Orange Jam
NEW! Cranberry Pomegranate Cumberland Sauce
Visit the Blakemere Company online at www.theblakemerecompany.com.