imagesl997bqelA traditional Scottish Cranachan is a very quick, easy recipe and is also a very festive recipe so is perfect for any celebration and especially at Christmas, Hogmanay and rounds off a Burns’ Night Supper beautifully.

This is a popular Scottish dessert and there are many variations and names such as Cream Crowdie. Toasted oats are folded into lightly sweetened whipped cream and topped off with berries and a splash of dark rum or whisky. Surprisingly tasty!


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh berries
  • 1 Tablespoon dark rum (optional)
  • 4 fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spread oats out in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Toast in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until nut-brown.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Remove them from the pan for faster cooling.
  6. In a medium bowl, whip the cream to firm peaks, but not grainy.
  7. Gently fold in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and toasted oats.
  8. Spoon into 4 serving bowls, and top with fresh berries.
  9. For an extra touch, drizzle a bit of dark rum over each serving.
  10. Garnish with a mint leaf.