If you've never had the chance to try the Cranachan, this genuine scottish dessert, I can assure you that you're missing out on a masterpiece of a dessert.
Both simple to prepare and complex in the mouth. The different tastes and textures blend together to form a whole that is more sumptuous than the sum of its ingredients.
I was lucky enough to eat one for the first time years ago when my wife and I went on vacation to Scotland. Not knowing what this dessert was, I was curious enough to order it for a snack.
And I must admit that I was not disappointed. I even fell in love with this dessert. So much so that I made my friends taste it every time I had the opportunity.
Origin of the recipe
The cranachan is a Scottish dessert. It celebrates the harvest, especially raspberries. All the ingredients that make it up are linked to spring and summer.
The raspberries, the fresh cream, the honey, the oats without forgetting the whisky which is also a product of the harvest.
Originally crowdie, a creamy cow's cheese, was used alone or with cream.
The necessary ingredients
To make the cranachan, you need:
- fresh cream that brings creaminess
- honey for sweet
- single malt scottish whisky to give a kick and bring endnotes
- oatmeal to have crispiness and texture
- raspberries that bring freshness and acidity
All these ingredients form a superb balance in the mouth
How to twist the cranachan?
If you want to deviate from the original recipe and bring a personal touch, you can of course change the raspberries for other berries.
You can also add a smoky note by using an Islay whisky with peaty notes, these are the ones I use.
You can reduce the calories by mixing skir with whipped cream.
Or you can add a little more crunch to the recipe by using country chips.
And if you ever dream of taking it on a trip, why not imagine a variation with rum, cane syrup, pineapple and passion fruit.