Thursday, September 22, 2011

Raspberry and Honey Cranachan

This is my last auto-scheduled post, and I should be on a plane home by the time this is posted. I can't wait to get back to my own kitchen to bake up some Thanksgiving goodies!
I used red and golden raspberries, along with tayberries
Funny name, isn't it? Now, if I was one of those bloggers that did tons of research into how foods got their names, I'd have a story to tell. But I'm not that person. What I can tell you is that this dessert is Scottish and delicious. When I went to Edinburgh for work, this was one of the things on my to-do list. I wasn't sure how to pronounce it, but I knew that any combination of raspberries, cream, whisky and oats was bound to be amazing. I tried it in a few places just to confirm, because I do believe in some kinds of research. I even ate this combination atop hot oatmeal at a very cool spot at the Edinburgh Farmers' Market called Stoats Oats. It was a porridge bar where you could get any number of interesting toppings on your bowl of oatmeal. It was July, but freezing and pouring rain, so this was a Saturday morning treat. Here's the link to the breakfast dish, but I recommend you have the dessert version. This would also be delicious with stewed rhubarb (of course!) or other berries or cherries in season.

Raspberry and Honey Cranachan
Source: River Cottage Every Day
Serves 4
50 grams rolled oats
2 tablespoons whisky
250 ml double or whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
250 grams raspberries
  1. Warm a small frying pan over low heat. Add rolled oats and stir until they are golden and toasted. Watch carefully as they burn easily. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. Stir the whisky and cream together and whisk until it holds soft peaks. Lightly crush a few of the raspberries so their juices run. I didn't crush them enough, so my cream was pale and full of whole berries. Not as pretty, but tasty. Fold all the raspberries, honey and oats into the cream, spoon into small glasses or bowls and serve immediately.


Valerie said...

Some of the best desserts have the quirkiest names. This looks like it would be perfect for early fall!

Have a safe trip home! :-)

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! This sounds like a dessert I would try and I could too except I don't have raspberries!

Marcellina said...

Yum, sounds delicious and maybe sort of healthy!

Lisa said...

Glad to have you back, Mary! I was just reading about your brother and the coke bottle incident - OUCH! However, your ice creams below look amazing, love rhose sandwiches! On an oatmeal note, this is such a unique and yummy way to use the name too. I'm filing this under my 'cool things to try' bookmark category - it looks delicious, healthy (tipsy lol) and lovely!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I have never heard ot tayberries, either - so I am off to some of that annoying, yet gratifying, research now! This looks DELISH! Love the combinations and welcome home! We are off Thursday for several weeks!

Gloria said...

welcome hoime again, this look delicious! gloria