Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

Friday, June 29

Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

My boyfriend turned twenty five on Tuesday and because I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment I thought I would make him something nice for when he got home from work. A birthday cake would have been an obvious choice but I remember him mentioning how much he loves the Scottish dessert cranachan. 

Since Scottish raspberries are in the shops now I thought I would attempt to make it for the first time. The only change I made was to use spiced rum instead of whisky because neither of us like it and we have plenty rum in the cupboard. Alternatively you could just leave out the alcohol altogether but where is the fun in that?

You will need:

100g of rolled oats                                75g of hazelnuts chopped
50g of muscovado sugar                88g of dark chocolate grated
42g of milk chocolate grated                  300ml of double cream
250ml of creme fraiche                          75ml of rum (or whisky)
225g of local raspberries                                                                   

The first step is to spread the oats out on a baking sheet and brown under the grill for about 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them and move them around every 30 seconds because they are easy to burn.

Once the oats are very hot transfer into a bowl and mix with the hazelnuts, chocolate and sugar. The heat will melt the chocolate but once it starts to harden break up any clumps that have formed. 

In another bowl whip up the double cream until it is thick (but not too stiff) then fold in the creme fraiche and alcohol. That all you have to do apart from layer up the cranachans.

Starting with a layer of the oat mixture, top with cream then strawberries. I managed to do this twice in little glasses which made the perfect individual portions. Overall the mixture made 5 cranachans but this will depend on your glasses. 
Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

These were delicious and very summery - they will be best made with local berries at this time of year. They were quite boozy though so if that isn't your thing so easier on the alcohol. My boyfriend loved them too so that was a bonus. 

Check out my last recipe: Fluffy Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

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