Leicestershire food champion calls for local dairy to make ‘Melton Mowbray Clotted Cream’

Leicestershire food campaigner Dr Matthew O'Callaghan OBE has called on a local dairy to make 'Melton Mowbray Clotted Cream' EMN-150507-152936001
Leicestershire food campaigner Dr Matthew O'Callaghan OBE has called on a local dairy to make 'Melton Mowbray Clotted Cream' EMN-150507-152936001
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A Leicestershire food campaigner is calling for a local dairy to make ‘Melton Mowbray Clotted Cream’.

Dr Matthew O’Callaghan OBE, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, recently brought back Colwick Cheese - a soft cream cheese - from extinction.

And he believes that a local clotted cream would attract wide support from cafes and establishments across the county that sell cream teas.

He said; “I know dairy farmers in Leicestershire are struggling to find a decent return for their milk. Clotted cream would be very popular and profitable and it’s so easy to make, even at home. I used to make it in Costa Rica in the 1980s from a 1791 recipe when I was in charge of a dairy there. There are even earlier recipes for ‘clouted’ or ‘scald’ cream dating back 300 years to 1712.

“I’m not trying to rival Devon or Cornish Clotted Cream, the latter is protected under European Law, but I’d like to see our own version for sale locally.”