Cranachan (Scottish Whipped Cream With Whisky, Raspberries, and Toasted Oats) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Whipping the cream in a food processor incorporates less air, leading to a denser, more mousse-like texture.
  • Optional mascarpone thickens and enriches the cream even more.
  • Soaking the oats in the cream first tenderizes them; once toasted they're crisp, not tough.

Cranachan is the classic Scottish dessert of Scotch-spiked whipped cream layered with raspberries and toasted oats and sweetened with honey. It's as easy as it is delicious.

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 2 cups (475mlheavy cream

  • 1/4 cup rolled (30g) or steel-cut (45g) oats (see note)

  • 12 ounces (340g) fresh raspberries, divided

  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter, melted

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) mascarpone cheese (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) Scotch whisky (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) honey, plus more for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). In a medium bowl, combine cream with oats and let soak 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, crush 8 ounces of the raspberries with a spoon to make a pulpy puree. Stir in lemon juice. Set remaining 4 ounces whole raspberries aside.

  3. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain oats, collecting the cream in a bowl; use a spoon or rubber spatula to press out as much cream as possible. Set cream aside.

  4. In a small oven-safe skillet or on an aluminum baking sheet, stir soaked oats with melted butter and toast in oven, tossing and stirring frequently, until deeply browned, about 20 minutes (you want the oats to darken nearly to the point of being burnt, but don't actually burn them).

  5. Strain oats on paper towels, and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt.

  6. For a More Dense, Mousse-Like Cream: In a food processor, combine reserved cream with mascarpone (if using), Scotch, and honey, along with a pinch of salt. Process until a dense whipped cream forms.

  7. For a More Standard, Lighter Whipped Cream: In a stand mixer fitter with the whisk, or using electric beaters or a hand whisk, combine reserved cream with mascarpone (if using), Scotch, and honey, along with a pinch of salt. Beat until a stiff whipped cream forms.

  8. To Assemble: In individual serving glasses, spread an even layer of whipped cream. Top with a layer of the raspberry purée. Sprinkle some toasted oats on top, then add one more layer of the whipped cream to fill (or nearly fill) the glasses. Garnish each with the reserved whole raspberries, sprinkle additional toasted oats on top, and drizzle with honey. Serve.

Special equipment

Food processor, stand mixer, or whisk


You can use rolled or steel-cut oats; rolled make lighter, crispier toasted flakes, while steel-cut oats have a more firm and crunchy bite. You can use all sorts of Scotch here, including deeply smoky and peaty ones, though most of our tasters preferred a lighter, more honeyed style. Blended Scotch is a more cost-effective choice here; Dewar's is one good option.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
589 Calories
47g Fat
34g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 589
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 293mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)