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.
Visit the Blakemere Company online at http://www.theblakemerecompany.com.