Delicious Scottish Cranachan Recipe for Dessert Lovers

Hark! Heed me well, dear reader, for I bring to thee a recipe that shall transport thy taste buds to the bonnie land of Scotland. I present to thee the Traditional Scottish Cranachan – a dessert traditionally made with fresh Scottish raspberries, oatmeal, cream, honey, and Scotch whisky.

As we approach Burns Night, it is only fitting that we indulge in this lovely Scottish dessert. The Cranachan is a beloved Scottish pudding that has been a staple at celebrations for years. A dessert made with fresh raspberries and toasted oats, it is the perfect way to end any meal.

In my travels across Scotland, I have come across many versions of this traditional dessert. After much experimentation in my kitchen, I have crafted what I consider to be the ultimate recipe for Cranachan – one that will please even the most discerning of palates.

So let us don our tartans and kilts and embark on a culinary journey to the land of mist and heather as we learn how to make this delicious dessert – the Traditional Scottish Cranachan.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Traditional Scottish Cranachan (Dessert for Adults)
Traditional Scottish Cranachan (Dessert for Adults)

Harken, and lend thy ears to hear the tale of a dessert most fine – the Traditional Scottish Cranachan. Oh, what a delightful dish it is! Would thou not love to sink thy teeth into a dessert that is both sweet and wholesome? This Scottish dessert is sure to ravish thee with its charm.

What makes this dessert so special, dost thou ask? First and foremost, it’s made fresh using ingredients that are traditionally used in Scotland. The taste of fresh raspberries combined with creamy whipped cream and oats toasted to perfection will leave thy senses in raptures.

This dessert is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients (which we shall come to later). All you need is some time, patience, and love for the craft of cooking. You’ll be surprised at how simple this recipe is, yet how impressive it looks when served.

The Scottish Cranachan can be traced back to the 16th century and has been enjoyed by many ever since. As you prepare this traditional Scottish dessert from scratch, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing that you’re partaking in a dish beloved by generations before thee.

Furthermore, this dish is versatile! The recipe can be adjusted according to your preference. You can even substitute raspberries with other fruits or experiment with different types of honey or whiskies. The possibilities are endless!

In conclusion, if thy stomach yearns for something delicious, wholesome and traditional, look no further than the Traditional Scottish Cranachan dessert. So go ahead and treat thyself and loved ones to this delightful Scottish delicacy! Oh, what joy it will bring!

Ingredient List

 A delightful Scottish twist!
A delightful Scottish twist!

Here are the ingredients needed to prepare Traditional Scottish Cranachan:

For the Toasted Oats:

  • 50g medium oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp heather honey

For the Raspberry Layer:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Scotch whisky

For the Cream Layer:

  • 1/2 cup double cream
  • 1 tbsp heather honey

– Fresh Scottish raspberries and whipped cream for topping

Note: If fresh raspberries are not available, you can use frozen raspberries instead.

The Recipe How-To

 Warm up with this indulgent dessert!
Warm up with this indulgent dessert!

Now that you have got all the ingredients, it’s time to make some Traditional Scottish Cranachan. Follow these simple steps and be the chef of the most ravishing scottish dessert.

Preparing the Oatmeal


  1. Begin by toasting medium oatmeal in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the oats turn golden brown and give off a nutty aroma.

  2. Once toasted, remove from heat and leave it to cool for a bit.

Preparing the Whipped Cream

Whipped Cream

  1. In a mixing bowl, pour double cream and whisk it with an electric or hand mixer till it becomes thick but still soft.

  2. Add in some powdered sugar while continuously whisking until combined. Then add in 2 tbsp of Scotch whisky and continue whipping for another minute until soft peaks form.

  3. Fold your cooled toasted oatmeal into the whipped cream mixture until everything is nicely incorporated.

Preparing the Raspberry Mixture

Raspberry Mixture

  1. In another mixing bowl, mash around 400g (14 oz) of fresh raspberries with a fork.

  2. Sprinkle up to 50g (1/4 cup) of brown sugar over the mashed raspberries and mix it in with a spoon.

  3. Next, add in 2 tbsp of heather honey and mix everything together.

Assembling the Cranachan


  1. Time to assemble the Cranachan! Start by adding a dollop of the raspberry mixture at the bottom of a glass.

  2. Then, add a layer of the cream and oat mixture on top, followed by another layer of raspberry mixture.

  3. Continue layering, with the last layer being raspberry mixture.

  4. For garnish, sprinkle some toasted oats on top and put some fresh raspberries around the rim of the glass.

Congrats! You have made yourself a delicious Cranachan lovely Scottish dessert that you can enjoy by yourself, or with your loved ones to celebrate Burns Night or any other special occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

 A stunning dessert with a Scottish Flair!
A stunning dessert with a Scottish Flair!

Fret not, dear friends, for there are many ways you can make this delicious Scottish cranachan dessert your own! Here are some substitutions and variations that I have tried and tested.

Instead of raspberries, you can use other types of berries such as strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries. You can also use frozen raspberries if fresh ones are unavailable. If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can swap the fresh fruits for canned berries or even jam.

For the cream, you can replace the double cream with heavy whipping cream. However, do take note that this will result in a slightly different texture and taste. And if dairy is not your friend, vegan options such as coconut whipped cream or cashew cream work great too!

If you want to add a bit of a kick to your dessert, try adding a splash of scotch whisky to the whipped cream mixture. This is especially fitting for Burns Night celebrations, just be sure to use it sparingly!

For an extra crunch in every bite, you can mix some roasted nuts such as almonds or hazelnuts with the toasted oats.

And lastly, for a more substantial dessert, you can layer the whipped cream, oatmeal and raspberries into serving glasses to create a cranachan trifle. As Mary Berry would say – “just scrummy!”.

Whichever variation you choose to go with, I’m sure it will still turn out to be one lovely Scottish dessert that is perfect for any occasion!

Serving and Pairing

 Layers of goodness in every bite!
Layers of goodness in every bite!

As a traditional Scottish dessert, Cranachan makes for a deliciously hearty and satisfying finish to any meal. Its creamy, whipped texture and delicate flavor pair wonderfully with a variety of spirits, such as a smooth scotch whisky or even a sweet liqueur.

When serving Cranachan, it is best to keep its ingredients balanced and not too heavy. A small serving size will suffice due to its rich and flavorful character. Serve in individual glass jars or bowls that allow guests to see the layered components of the dessert.

Fresh raspberries make for a beautiful garnish and are an essential part of this dessert. Adding a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the raspberries brings out their natural sweetness and enhances their visual appeal.

If you’re looking to create an unforgettable pairing experience, consider pairing cranachan with an equally delectable single malt scotch whisky. This will add another layer of complexity to the traditional Scottish recipe and elevate the flavors in both directions.

Overall, cranachan makes for a lovely ending to any dinner party or gathering. It’s easy-to-make, yet has an impressive presentation that is bound to impress your guests.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dreamy dessert to finish off any meal!
A dreamy dessert to finish off any meal!

Hark! Thou need not fret if thou cannot consume all thy Scottish Cranachan at one go! Fear not, as it dost not spoil easily and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to several days upon preparation. An onerous task, reheating is unnecessary, for it dost taste simply delicious just like when thy recipe was first made. If you must make ahead, ‘tis necessary to keep some ingredients separate before assembling it all together when required.

For preserving your delicious dessert, thou shouldst transfer thy cranachan into smaller containers with tight-fitting lids – this shall prevent air from entering their interiors, thus keeping them fresh for a longer time period. Wind also suggests storing thee traditionally-made dessert in the coldest part of ye olde icebox, well away from the door since that side experiences variations in temperature every time thou dost it open.

When ready to serve or partake in leftovers, thou should mix whipped cream toasted oats and fresh raspberries together in a large bowl or container while keeping the honey mixture separately. Then after stirring everything until well incorporated, slowly pour in the honey mixture and mix again gently.

Giving it sufficient time to equilibrate at room temperature and combining its ingredients together just before slewing could produce that perfect balance of thick and creamy texture that thou art aiming for. Once done, thee have succeeded in creating a delectable traditional Scottish dessert that is ready to be savored for several more glorious days to come!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A sophisticated twist to a classic favorite!
A sophisticated twist to a classic favorite!

For a perfect traditional Scottish Cranachan, there are a few tips and tricks that will ensure the dish comes out deliciously every time.

Firstly, make sure to toast your oats until they are golden brown. This will give the dessert a nutty flavor and crunchiness. Do not skip this step, as it is one of the key elements of the dish.

Secondly, use fresh Scottish raspberries whenever possible. They are the star ingredient in this dessert and will make all the difference in terms of flavor and texture. If you cannot find fresh raspberries, you may use frozen ones, but make sure to thaw them completely before using.

Thirdly, be careful not to over-whip your cream. The cream should be whipped until it forms soft peaks that hold their shape but are still smooth and billowy.

When adding the honey and whisky to your whipped cream mixture, slowly drizzle it in while mixing to prevent any curdled texture from appearing.

Lastly, when serving this tart-sweet treat, remember to garnish each serving with fresh raspberries on top for a delectable presentation.

By following these simple tips and putting care into each step of the process, you’ll end up with a Cranachan so divine that even Sam Heughan would approve!


Hark, dear reader! Thou hast made it to the FAQ section, where I shall answer all the queries that may have arisen while thou readest this recipe of the traditional Scottish Cranachan. ‘Tis natural to have some doubts, but fret not! Forsooth, I am here to help thee out. Read on for clarification on perplexities that might arise whilst making this lovely Scottish dessert, fit for Burns Night or any occasion.

What is the most famous Scottish dessert cranachan made of?

When it comes to preparing Cranachan, fresh raspberries are traditionally used. However, I understand that they may not always be easily obtainable or affordable. As such, using frozen raspberries is a perfectly fine option. It’s always a plus if you can add some fresh ones on top for aesthetic purposes.

What are traditional Scottish sweets?

As a chef, I specialize in the art of British cuisine, featuring a scrumptious range of desserts that are a favorite among food enthusiasts. These mouth-watering treats include Cranachan, Scones with Cream and Jam, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Fern Cakes, Typsy Laird (Scottish Trifle), Scottish-style Strawberry Tarts, Jammy Cream Doughnuts, and the classic Millionaire’s Shortbread (Caramel Shortcake). I am thrilled to share my expertise in whipping up these delightful desserts and guiding you through the process of creating them with the tips and recommendations that I have gathered from my experience.

What kind of oatmeal for cranachan?

For an authentic Scottish cranachan dish, pinhead oatmeal is the usual choice. However, if you don’t have it on hand, you can still use a medium oatmeal or rolled oats as a substitute. Keep in mind that while the texture may be slightly different, it’s still a delicious option. Just be aware that these alternatives may soften and become less crunchy when combined with cream.

What is the most popular cake in Scotland?

One of the most renowned cakes in Scottish baking traditions is the Dundee cake, which originated in the early 1800s in the Scottish town of Dundee on the east coast. However, the cake’s origins reach back more than 350 years.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are looking for a dessert that embodies the rich and traditional flavors of Scotland, then the Cranachan is certainly a treat to consider. It has a unique texture that comes from blending creamy whipped cream and crunchy toasted oats, with succulent fresh raspberries making it both refreshing and zesty. Our recipe features the perfect blend of these ingredients, with added touches of honey whisky that makes it even more irresistible.

Moreover, not only is Cranachan a delicious dessert perfect for special occasions like Burns Night or as a simple way to treat friends and family – it is also incredibly easy to make! With just a handful of readily available ingredients that can be easily substituted or varied in proportion, you can create a scrumptious dish effortlessly. Impress your guests with the traditional Scottish flavors embodied in this lovely Cranachan dessert.

So why not give yourself and your loved ones a truly delicious Scottish dessert by using our Cranachan recipe? Indulge in the flavors and experience something truly unique, while still honoring Scotland’s rich culinary heritage. We guarantee that once you taste our homemade Cranachan; your taste buds will be singing praises all night long!

Traditional Scottish Cranachan (Dessert for Adults)

Traditional Scottish Cranachan (Dessert for Adults) Recipe

Posting for ZWT 6. This is a luxurious and delicious dessert which is very easy to make; it only takes about 1O minutes to prepare. One of the few desserts only for adults. It ( recipes) doesn't state the amount of servings, so I am guessing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, European, Grains, Low Protein, Scottish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Calories 827.6kcal


  • 1 3/4 ounces oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 ounce powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whiskey (not that it could be otherwise if you are using real Scotch Whisky!)
  • 1/2 lb fresh raspberry


  • Lightly toast the oatmeal under the grill (broiler), turning frequently. Allow to cool down. Meantime whip the cream until is firm, stir in the icing sugar, toasted cool oatmeal and whiskey. Keep whipping and carefully add half of the raspberries.
  • Place the cream in individual serving dishes and decorate with the remaining raspberries. Serve immediately at room temperature.


Serving: 171g | Calories: 827.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.6g | Protein: 8.4g | Fat: 57.4g | Saturated Fat: 34.6g | Cholesterol: 203.8mg | Sodium: 58.8mg | Fiber: 9.8g | Sugar: 19.5g

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