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Sep 11, 2009 08:32 PM

Dreaming of Clotted Cream

I have been having a craving for fresh scones & clotted cream since last weeks chowdown. The Sparrow is a little far from the West Island... any place I could pick some up that would be a little closer?

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  1. Can't say as I'm sure that either place will satisfy your craving, but you could try The Bramble House in Pointe Claire. Or Muir's Bakery in Alexandria, just over the border in Ontario (they used to be in Verdun but moved):

    Call both places first before wasting your time.

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    1. re: Haggisboy

      Thanks Haggisboy. I have heard about this place, but always forgot to look into it. I went today and purchased the devon double cream as a replacement. Just snacked on it... good, but not quite right. Maybe I need those fresh scones from the Sparrow too.

      1. re: Andria

        Are the scones at the Sparrow light, fluffy, circular things that come apart easily so that they can be filled with cream, jam, etc.? I have seen far too many hard, wedge-shaped "scones" that could easily be used as targets for skeet shooting.

        1. re: souschef

          Wedge shaped for sure, but not hard or dry. Honestly, I have always felt scones were just supposed to be hard & dry until I had the one last week. I also disliked madeleines for the same reason until Europea changed my mind.

          1. re: Andria

            Andrea, I too thought scones were supposed to be dry and hard. Where did you have the scone that you liked?

            The scone I had at The Sparrow last week was so soft and crumbly . . .Also enjoyed clotted cream which I had for the first time at The Sparrow. It's right up there with lemon curd.

          2. re: souschef

            It was a wedge, but it was not hard.

            If you want light fluffy circular scones in Montreal, I suggest you check out Gryphon d'or on Monkland near Hampton in NDG - they specialize in scones & shortbread.

      2. You can get Devon cream in a little glass bottle at the cheese store at Atwater Market. Very similar to what I had at The Sparrow and should hopefully take care of your craving. It may not technically qualify as "clotted cream" but it's close.

        If I remember correctly, the bottle looks like this:


        1. It might not quite be clotted cream, but you can find Devon double cream in most gourmet stores and even some supermarkets.

          1. They usually have Devonshire clotted cream at Bramble House (we go there at least once a month). It's in a small fridge towards the back of the store. I've also seen clotted cream at Cavallaro's in the Marche de l'Ouest. As for the scones, check out the amazing recipes at

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            1. re: londonbound

              Bramble House has the Devon double cream, but they do not carry clotted cream. I bought the double cream anyways because it was similar and it has somehow satisfied my craving.

            2. I don't know the difference between clotted cream and Devon cream, but Devon cream is available at Intermaché on Mont-Royal/Boyer and Milano (Little Italy).

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              1. re: Whygee

                Devon cream, aka double cream is 48% milk fat; clotted cream is more like 75% and it has been "cooked" in some way and has a thick sort of skin on top ... at least, the real thing back in the UK does. Don't get me started on how crappy the cream is here - what with all the gums and additives to make it look like it would be if it was made properly in the 1st place. Cream should contain cream and nothing else!


                1. re: pyropaul99

                  Hear, hear!

                  That said, only cream and bacterial cultures are listed as ingredients on the packaging for Liberté crème fraîche.

                  You might also want to check Marché des Saveurs and other specialty stores. They used to sell unadulterated cream from Lait d'Antan (Ferme Bord des Rosiers), which may no longer be around. These days they stock 45% crème à l'ancienne from La Ferme Groleau/Beurrerie du Patrimoine. Don't have a container handy, so I can't check, but I believe it's gum- and additive-free.

                  1. re: carswell

                    The Lait d'Antan cream was pretty good, but not as "creamy" as real double cream (maybe the 45% versus 48% makes the difference). I don't know why Liberté don't sell organic unadulterated cream - they certainly have all the right ingredients for it and I do like their other products. Perhaps there just isn't the demand as the gloopy gum-laden mainstream varieties have conditioned people into thinking that's what cream should be like :( It's especially surprising given that Quebec is the main dairy province in Canada and, with its French culture, one would think there would be strong enough demand for the real thing.


                    1. re: carswell

                      Yes, the Ferme Groleau cream is indeed gum- and additive-free. And the taste and texture of it put all those additive-laden creams to shame!