Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cranachan - A Traditional Scottish Dessert

Ardean M. MacKinnon sent in this delicious sounding recipe for Cranachan, and it sounds like a real delight - Enjoy!

"Cranachan: is a traditionally Scottish dessert. Many Scots still use the
name "crowdie cream" because, in the past, a soft Scottish cheese called crowdie
was used in the place of cream.

(Serves two)

»Approx 300g raspberries (strawberries can also be used).
»280ml (10floz) double cream.
»2 tablespoons good quality honey.
»2 tablespoons single malt whisky.
»2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal.


1. Place the oatmeal in a cool, dry pan and turn on the heat to simmer. Stirring
occasionally, toast the oatmeal until it is golden brown. This process could take
between 10-20 minutes.

2. Once the oatmeal is brown, turn off the heat and let it cool in the pan.

3. Place the cream in a bowl and whisk up until soft and relatively thick.

4. Add the honey and single malt whisky and fold it in with a whisk, until it is soft
and creamy.

5. Pick out some of the best raspberries for decoration and add three or four to the
bottom of each serving glass, leaving a few for final decoration.

6. Add the rest of the raspberries to the cream mixture and fold in carefully,
breaking up a few of the raspberries to obtain a slight colouring to the cream.

7. Spoon the mixture into the serving glasses, then add cream to the top to make an
even base for the oatmeal.

8. By now the oatmeal will be cooler. Using a teaspoon, evenly sprinkle the oatmeal
over the dessert. Add a raspberry for the finishing touch and chill for about three
hours, or overnight.

Cranachan can be served on its own, or with double cream and more raspberries. For
an extra treat, make up the cream and add the raspberries as in 3, 4 and 6 above.
Then freeze in a container for a yogurty fresh ice cream."

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