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Cranachan – Best of British – Scotland

Dessert, Scottish | 6th July 2012 | By

I know Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen started us off with a very mastercheffy interpretation of cranachan which there is no way I am attempting to compete with. But even before I’d seen her entry, it was my first thought when I knew the next Best of British challenge was going to be Scotland. It’s been on my list of things to make for years AND I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity to give it a whirl. For the uninitiated cranachan is a traditional Scottish celebration dish consisting of oatmeal, whipped cream, honey & whisky and sometimes raspberries.

After Cornwall, Scotland is my second love. Many a family holiday has been spent there over the years. One of my aunts lived in Stirling and we would make the long journey up from Cornwall to stay with her at least twice a year. The Castle, Bridge of Allan, Wallace Monument and nearby hills are not something I’m ever likely to forget. She later moved to Edinburgh which was already full of family stories from my mother having been a student nurse there. Edinburgh is my favourite city anywhere, I just love the way there is a great big mountain stuck right in the middle of it. King Arthur’s seat is the core of an ancient volcano. We also had family in Fort William for a while and spent hours walking the surrounding hills, although I only got to climb Ben Nevis once. It’s the kind of wild remote beauty that I seem to crave.

Anyway, this is rather a rambling way of saying that I wasn’t going to miss this Scottish challenge!

Sadly my raspberries weren’t Scottish and I can’t claim that they swam down the West Coast to Cornwall as Janice did with her mackerel, but it is my version of a Scottish classic and I did use a good Scottish malt whisky.

This is how I did it:

  • Toasted 40g oatmeal for a few minutes until lightly browned but not burnt.
  • Roughly crushed 200g raspberries, leaving a few whole for decoration.
  • Whipped 300g double cream and 100g Greek yogurt until peaks just starting to form.
  • Added 2 tbsp Cornish runny honey and 2 tbsp malt whisky and whisked a little bit more, until firm but still soft.
  • Swirled the raspberries through the cream.
  • Shaved about 40g of white chocolate with a vegetable peeler.
  • Spooned some of the raspberry cream into four glass bowls. Scattered on some oatmeal then added a final layer of raspberry cream. Scattered over the remaining oatmeal.
  • Finished with the whole raspberries and chocolate shavings.
  • Served with Highland shortbread.

I made this as the grand finale to a special meal and this cranachan crescendo was a delightful surprise. It was simply divine, a proper “stoater”.

Best of British is a monthly challenge sponsored by The Face of New World Appliances and there is a £50 amazon voucher awarded to one lucky entrant each month. Here is the round-up to last month’s Best of British Cornwall.


  1. Shu Han

    6th July 2012 at 9:33 am

    Looks like a MUCH richer version of a granola-yogurt-fruit breakfast, it’s the first time I’ve heard of it but I love it already. my roomie’s bf lives in scotland but beyond the usual haggis and occasional shortbread he brings down, I don’t know much abt scottish food I’m afraid, so thanks for showing me this simple classic!

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:21 am

      Thanks Shu Han, it was a first for me too. You can surprise your room maties bf next time he comes down!

  2. Susan Lindquist

    6th July 2012 at 10:47 am

    Well, this looks a proper dessert! It’s raspberry season here and while I use most of what we pick to make jam, this dessert looks worth a go! Here’s to Scotland! The Glenfiddich needs to be in a bigger bottle though, for a toast after all the dessert!

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:23 am

      Well Susan, this is the thing – I don’t like whisky in the normal course of events, but I really liked it in this dessert.

  3. Baking Addict

    6th July 2012 at 11:01 am

    This looks lush! love raspberries!! I was drooling over Janice’s cranachan and now yours. Great entry for best of british. Cranachan and tablet were the most popular answers in my ‘market research’! I think another trip to Scotland is called for 🙂

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:25 am

      Well I never even thought of tablet and I used to really like that! Not quite sure how I’d get the chocolate in though 😉 What I’m wondering is, if cranachan is so popular, how come I’ve never had it until now – hmmm!

  4. Janice

    6th July 2012 at 11:32 am

    Goodness me Choclette, I had no idea what a rich Scottish heritage you had! I’m delighted by how much you love Scotland, I have lots of happy holiday memories of Cornwall, we probably passed each other on our respective travels.

    Your Cranachan looks fabulous. What a shame you couldn’t get Scottish raspberries we have them in the supermarket here, but never mind, what with the whisky and the Scottish recipe this is a very worthy entry to Best of British.

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Janice, yes going up to Scotland was just what we did. I had a friend who lived opposite the Isle of Mull who I spent a few weeks with once too. Just love it.

  5. Johanna GGG

    6th July 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I have always meant to try cranachan – yours looks wonderful – I thought I had seen some with yoghurt but can’t remember where – I have been considering if I can make something for this challenge, given that E is scottish. I love hearing your scottish tales – I never went there until I was adult but it really captured my heart – I never intended to live in Edinburgh but was lured back by the place.

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:28 am

      How long did you stay in Edinburgh Johanna? Is that where you met E?

  6. Alida

    6th July 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I love these desserts and I love raspberries. In fact I have some in the garden to use up soon. Your post are always so interesting.

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:30 am

      Oh hope you manage to harvest your raspberries OK Alida – they are all rotting in the rain down here.

  7. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    6th July 2012 at 10:04 pm

    YUM! This dessert is so heavenly & tempting! Will wait till I harvest our raspberries to try out this delicious dessert! 🙂

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:31 am

      Kit, this will be even better with your won raspberries.

  8. tea with hazel

    7th July 2012 at 6:10 am

    i love to hear about traditional foods such as the grandmother was scottish so i have a particular affinity with anything linked to her heritage..i will have to wait for the raspberries though because it’s mid winter here in australia..x

    • Choclette

      7th July 2012 at 6:33 am

      Yes, it sounds as though you will need to be patient Hazel. Did you ever get to go to Scotland?

  9. cakeboule

    7th July 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Not heard of these before but theound yummy! All our local farms don;t have any raspberries this year so frozen it will have to be!

  10. Laura loves cakes

    7th July 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I do believe I’ve never tried cranachan…is that blasphemous? I think I’d definitely like to after seeing yours though! What’s not to like about a combination of raspberries, cream, honey and the shortbread for serving! 🙂

  11. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    8th July 2012 at 8:41 am

    Looks so creamy and rich and yummy!! I’ve never tried it so I must make this. I too love Edinburgh. It is such a great city in both looks and character. I think if I had to live in a uk city it would be there. Must enter this challenge!! Happy Birthday by the way xxx

  12. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    9th July 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I love both making and eating cranachan. Such a great dessert and one that should be eaten more! I have only been to Scotland about twice in my life which is terrible considering one of my best friends and my husband both studied at Edinburgh. But, from what I remember it is very beautiful x

  13. JaynesDen

    30th May 2014 at 11:12 am

    I have heard a lot about this desert lately. A good mix of interesting textures. One recipe to try in the future

  14. JaynesDen

    30th May 2014 at 11:14 am

    I have heard a lot about this recipe lately. An interesting mix of different flavours and textures. A recipe to try in the future !


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