Scottish Puddings

By Victoria Glass •


Scottish Food Fortnight continues at Great British Chefs with a delicious post from Victoria Glass on Scottish puddings. The proprietor of Victoria's Cake Boutique and author of Boutique Wedding Cakes shares with us her thoughts on Scottish sweets, along with a recipe for a superb Scottish honey mousse enlivened with whisky and topped with in-season raspberries

Blog post & photography by Victoria Glass, author of Boutique Wedding Cakes

Last week I wrote about savoury Scottish comfort food. This week it’s all about the sweet stuff.  Scottish puddings are certainly not shy of a calorie or two and, like most traditional Scottish recipes, tend to be made up of locally sourced ingredients. This is why so many of them feature raspberries, oats, heather honey and, of course, whisky.  Some of the more well known Scottish puddings are clootie dumplings, Tipsy Laird, black bun and, of course cranachan.   

Clootie dumplings are quite heavy suet and oat puddings, nicely spiced and studded with dried fruit – delicious, hearty fare that you’ll probably have to undo the top button on your jeans to finish. Then there’s Tipsy Laird, essentially just a trifle, but made with raspberries and whisky (of course) instead of sherry. And on to black bun, traditionally a celebration cake for Twelfth Night and now Hogmany, which is a fruitcake encased in pastry. Yes, that’s right, a cake encased inside a layer of pastry: a cake pie, if you will.  What’s not to like?

The most famous Scottish pudding is, undoubtedly, cranachan. A good cranachan is hard to beat, though too often I’ve been served a disappointing bowl of whipped cream, sweetened with honey and flavoured with barely a thimble of whisky, that I’ve had to wade through to find any sign of juicy raspberries or tasty oats. There’s no chance of such scrimping if you make it yourself and it’s a quick and easy treat to rival any. You can follow my recipe for fool-proof cranachan here and you can also find the recipe for shortbread, whisky mac jelly and a chocolate and Drambuie layer cake (complete with a tartan shell) on the same page.

As the weather has been so nice over the last week, I decided to create a lighter pudding full of Scottish flavours that is also gluten-free, so my gluten-dodging boyfriend wouldn’t have to miss out. And here it is: honey and whisky mousse topped with raspberries. It went down a treat, if I do say so myself, and the lightness was welcome after a rather generous plate of stovies.

Honey and whisky mousse

Serves 4

  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 heaped tbsp. honey (I used Scottish heather honey)
  • 140ml whisky (blended is fine, but if you do want to splash out, don’t go for anything too peaty. More Glenmorangie than Laphroaig)
  • 400ml double cream
  • 4 sheets of leaf gelatine, soaked in cold water

Place the eggs, honey and 100ml of the whisky in a heatproof bowl suspended over a saucepan of barely simmering water and whisk with an electric whisk (or balloon whisk if you want to get rid of your bingo wings) until the mixture is pale and mousse-y. This can take several minutes with an electric whisk. Leave to cool. Whisk the cream until stiff and then whisk in the rest of the whisky and then fold the cream into the egg and honey mixture. Squeeze any excess water out of the gelatine and dissolve in a splash of hot water from a recently boiled kettle before stirring it through your mousse. Divide the mixture between martini glasses and pop them in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours. Garnish with a few juicy raspberries and serve with shortbread, if you wish.

Blog post & photography by Victoria Glass, author of Boutique Wedding Cakes

How are you celebrating Scottish Food FortnightWhat are some of your favourite Scottish puddings? What raspberry desserts do you most enjoy?

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Victoria Glass

Victoria is a London based food writer, cake maker and sugarcraft tutor. She founded Victoria's Cake Boutique in 2008 & her first book, Boutique Wedding Cakes, is out now. Her celebrity clients include Miranda Hart, Dave Gorman and Zach Braff. She's cooked her way through the alphabet on her blog, Alphabet Soup. There she cooked & ate everything from artichokes to za'atar zebra (but wimped out of eating a live shrimp at Noma). She is currently writing her second book. 

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