Burns Night is a Scottish holiday celebrated on the 25 January to honor the famous poet Robert Burns.  On the day, to celebrate his birth Scots eat haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips and mashed potatoes).  Burns wrote a famous poem called ‘Address to a Haggis’ that is traditionally read at Burns night just before you eat. We skipped all these formalities and just went straight for the eating. If you don’t know what haggis is, look it up. But, I promise it tastes much better than it sounds.


For dessert,  I made Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert. It’s very simple, but extremely satisfying, especially if you like whisky.


16 ounces whipping cream
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp whisky
2 cups raspberries

Toast oats in a skillet over medium heat.  (I did mine for around 5 minutes)  Whip the cream until it is forming soft peaks. Add in honey, sugar, vanilla and whisky and gently stir to combine.  Put a handful of raspberries in the bottom on each ramekin and smash with the back of a spoon. Layer the cream and top with remaining raspberries.  If you’re ramekins are bigger than mine you can add an extra layer of raspberries and cream.  Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Yields 4 (and some leftover cream if you’re lucky).  It also goes well with a wee dram of whisky.

x K

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