Scottish Cranachan

If you're on a diet, then look away now! This traditional Scottish dessert is full of cream and has a generous dram of whisky too.

Cranachan is a tradtitional Scottish dessert made with cream, raspberries, honey, whisky and oats. Yum!
If you've not tried it before you really must. It's luxurious and comforting. Of course it's only for adults unless you substitute the whisky with orange juice.



2 cups double (heavy) cream
1 cup porridge oats
4 tbsp whisky
3 tbsp honey
2 cups raspberries
4 tbsp icing sugar

  1. Toast the oats in a frying pan for a few minutes, being careful not to burn them. Tip them onto a plate and leave to cool.
  2. Whizz up 1 cup of raspberries with the icing sugar.
  3. Whip up the cream, with the whisky and honey until you have soft peaks. Then fold in most of the oats, but keep some aside for serving.
  4. Layer a small glass with raspberry sauce, then carefully add the cream mixture. Sprinkle with oats and top with raspberries.

Serves 4 - 6

The reason I said small glasses, is that it is very rich!
The wine glass I filled would have been enough for a family of four to sit down to for a week! Honestly!
For a lighter version, try folding in some natural yoghurt and serve it in a small glass!


  1. It does sound yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have plenty let to share Ruth! Pity you live so far away :(

  3. Holler, love the dessert's name, the ingredients (very Scottish) and the fact that it's NOT diet!

  4. I told myself I was NOT going to look at the picture..I lied..I want to jump in the bowl. I love raspberries and everything you put in this..whiskey!! I'm there!!

  5. When in Scotland do as the Scottish do...and I would dive into a bowl of this dessert too:D

  6. Oh,oh--I looked anyway! What an amazing dessert!

  7. small glass? small? What is the meaning of this strange word?

  8. I have always wanted to try Cranachen and after seeing your I want to even more so.

  9. Yum - something I have always wanted to try - looks gorgeous - and I like the suggestion of substituting yoghurt for cream - much more my thing

  10. Yum! I'd wondered what was in the stuff ... but more than that, I wonder how to pronounce its name. ;)

  11. What a pretty picture! The dessert sounds lovely.

  12. Finally, a Scot that writes about Cranachan! I made an ice cream version a few years back and it was just disgusting unfortunately. And I didn't like the one I had at Three Chimneys last summer either (which might have something to do with the smokey whisky in it), but isn't it three times a charm, I will possibly try this version then, because somehow, with these ingredients it should taste grand...:)

  13. I've never made cranachan myself - this looks delish

  14. I don't want to look away:-) This is gorgeous!

  15. Very, very not diet Peter :)

    I am glad you could not resist it Staci. That makes me feel very pleased!

    Maybe if the swimming pool is empty Val. Who knows, it may be good for the skin :)

    Thanks Rita :)

    He he! Got you Ricki :)

    You would soon find out if you tried it Cc :)

    Go for it Sylvie! I dare you! Try it (in a small glass, LOL)!

    You are way too good Johanna, but I bet it would be good with the yoghurt too!

    Now you are asking Davimack! I have had this discussion with a few people it is either cran -(like bran) ach (like bach)-kin or cran (like bran) ik (like tick) can! Who knows! If anybody does, they can tell me :)

    Thanks VV :)

    It will Pia! how disappointing about the ice cream and the three chimneys is supposed to be amazing!

    Thanks Beth :)

    You can keep looking Soma! You have my permission, he he :)

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  17. Luckily I am not on a diet, although I should be! That looks so rich and delicious.

  18. This sounds very interesting, I've never tried it before! I wish I had this during our Burns Supper :)

  19. Oh those rasberries look so enticing!! Love this creamy dessert!!! Looks delicious!

  20. At least you had a burns supper Lorraine, I still have a veggie haggis languishing in my fridge :)

    Thank you Aggie :)

  21. Oh, yum! A fruity oaty dessert sounds absolutely delicious!

  22. Definitely not on a diet and you are definitely speaking my language with a double cream dessert. Yum

  23. I've always heard about this dessert and seen recipes for it but have never tried this wonderful looking dessert! Yours looks really tempting.


  24. Wow, that sounds incredible! I could eat oats every meal of the day! I will have to give this one a try!

  25. Thanks Diann :)

    It is an occasional purchase I think Apples :)

    Thanks Maria :)

    Hi Sarena, thanks for visitng! Oats are always good to have on hand when you are making desserts or puddings :)

  26. Love the look of that dessert!

  27. Oh that does look good, I do like cranachan.

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