Dad’s Weetabix and clot­ted cream

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In­gre­di­ents Weetabix Clot­ted cream Caster sugar Milk

Take a Weetabix, add a layer of clot­ted cream (as thick as you dare), then sprin­kle lib­er­ally with caster sugar. Add a lit­tle bit of milk around the Weetabix to soften, and en­joy.

It sounds dis­gust­ing but it is rather good. The Weetabix acts a bit like a scone, set­ting off the cream and it is all about the cream. I has­ten to add that this was a rare treat, re­served for high days and hol­i­days.

Dad didn’t have a sweet tooth and wasn’t keen on pud­dings. He did, how­ever, have a life­long pas­sion for clot­ted cream (per­haps linked to happy child­hood mem­o­ries of the West Coun­try). Pud­dings were only tol­er­ated if lib­er­ally smoth­ered in Corn­wall’s

finest ex­port. We used to joke that Dad had Weetabix/straw­ber­ries/meringues/ trea­cle tart as the ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the cream, rather than vice versa.

In the late 80s, clot­ted cream wasn’t as read­ily avail­able as it is now and en­sur­ing suf­fi­cient quan­ti­ties for Christ­mas (it is far prefer­able to brandy but­ter on mince pies and Christ­mas pud­ding) re­quired care­ful plan­ning. One year, Dad or­dered an ice-cream car­ton’s worth of clot­ted cream from the high-end deli near the bank branch in Lon­don where he worked. When he went to col­lect the or­der, the deli had to con­fess that they had for­got­ten it. My dad was an ex­tremely po­lite and re­strained man, but the thought of Christ­mas with­out clot­ted cream was too much and, to the em­bar­rass­ment of my mid­dle sis­ter (who had gone to work with him that day) – he de­manded that the deli find a so­lu­tion. Later that af­ter­noon, a de­liv­ery of clot­ted cream from Fort­num & Ma­son ar­rived at his of­fice in a taxi. That story is re­peated when­ever we eat clot­ted cream.

Dad died in 2014 and is a much missed hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther. At fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions, clot­ted cream (al­though not nor­mally on Weetabix) helps us to re­mem­ber him.

Weetabix and clot­ted cream

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