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Whisky Mac Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert with a gingery tiwst

Scottish Cranachan Dessert with Ginger

Janice Pattie
A traditional whisky, honey, cream and toasted oatmeal dessert, spiced up with ginger in syrup and the sweetness offset by fresh red currants.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 4
Calories 547 kcal


For the granola

  • 70 g rolled oats
  • 35 g butter
  • 35 g runny honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

For the whisky cream

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 80 g ginger in syrup 4 balls
  • 45 g honey on the comb
  • 150 g redcurrants save four sprigs for decoration
  • 1 tbsp Green Ginger Wine
  • 1 tbsp Single Malt Whisky


To make the ginger oat granola

  • Place the oats and ground ginger in a bowl and stir with a spoon, add the butter and runny honey.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes or until the butter and honey has melted.
  • Stir until all the oats are covered, turn out onto a baking tray in a shallow layer.
  • Bake at 180 C for 10-15 minutes. Check after 5 minutes and stir to ensure the granola browns evenly.
  • Once the granola is a deep golden brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool.

To make the Cranachan

  • Whip the double cream until your beaters just start to leave a trail in the cream. You don’t want it too thick as the oat granola will thicken it.
  • Chop the preserved ginger balls into small pieces.
  • Chop the honeycomb into small pieces.
  • Using a fork, remove the redcurrants from their stalks (keep four stalks for decoration)
  • Mix the ginger, honeycomb and redcurrants into the whipped cream. Add 1 tbsp Green Ginger drink and 1 tbsp Balblair 1990 Highland Single Malt Whisky and stir to combine.
  • Just before serving add 50g of the oat granola to the cream and stir gently.

To assemble

  • Spoon the cream mixture into four glasses, top each glass with a little more granola and a stalk of redcurrants.


Calories: 547kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 1335IUVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1.3mg
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