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Food & Whisky Blog #4 Orange Cranachan and Isle of Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island Dram

This latest food blog goes where we have never been before, Desserts! And what a Dessert it is, Sticking with the Scottish theme but daring to be different (I’m sure there will be haters thinking Cranachan has to be made with certain berries etc etc) – during the winter fresh Berries aren’t so readily available so went with Orange instead and have to say can’t fault it at all.

Was looking for a dram to not only have alongside this dish but to add a little to give the Cranachan that famous kick it needs. I chose the Arran – Kildonan & Pladda Island, a lovely 21 year old and the third bottle in the Explorer series from Arran Whisky.

The taste of the whisky in the cranachan really sets it alight and mixing with the oats, orange and honey in the dish, a big spoonful has so many layers of complexity from the cool refreshing cream, crunchy toasted oats, juicy citrus oranges and the warmth of the whisky at the end.

Another dish that’s surprisingly easy to do and get on the table in a matter of minutes.

Why not try it with different fruits, berries and see how you get on.

Orange Cranachan (Serves 4)


4 Large oranges

50g rolled oats

150ml whipping cream

2 tbsp whisky

150g tub Greek yogurt

2 tbsp local honey + extra for drizzling


Peel the oranges and segment, make sure to get rid of any zest or white pieces and roughly chop the segments.

Put the Oats on a gentle heat in a frying pan to gently toast them (Don’t Burn as will overpower the other tastes) and once done leave to cool.

Mix the cream and Whisky then whip until you get softish peaks.

Once there carefully fold in the Yoghurt, Oats and Honey until mixed.

Serve into Glasses – Wine Glasses, Tumblers, Gin Goblets whatever you feel like.

Put a little of the orange at the bottom of each glass, then fill each glass with 1/8 of the mixture, another layer of Orange then another layer of mixture.

Serve with some orange zest slices and drizzle with honey on top.

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