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Friday, 15 June 2012

Iced Cranachan for Best of British

Best of British - The Scottish Challenge!

When you think about Scottish cooking what comes to mind?  Haggis? Salmon? Oatcakes? Cullen Skink?  There are plenty of modern and traditional  recipes to choose from in the Scottish Kitchen so why don't you rise to the challenge and cook or bake something Scottish, put it on your blog and you could be in with a chance to win.
We are lucky that New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances are sponsoring this event for the first six months.  Each month, one entrant will be picked AT RANDOM to receive a £50 Amazon voucher.  And, at the end of the six month period we will have a regional showdown, with a judge to pick the best entry (we are still working on who that will be and should be able to announce it shortly).  New World Appliances have kindly offered £300 of Amazon vouchers for the overall winner, so if you enter every month you have 6 chances to win the grand prize!
We’ll be showcasing the entries both on the Face of New World blog and on host blogs and promoting the recipes through Facebook and Twitter, with all your entries fully credited back to your blogs.
So, why not show what you think is the Best of British and join our challenge.
 The full rules are posted on The Face of New World Appliances. However, here is a summary of what you have to do to enter:
  • Post your recipe on your blog with a link back to The Face of New World Appliances AND to this post.
  • Add the Best of British badge to your post.
  • Add "Best of British" to your post or as a tag.
  • E-mail with your recipe title, a link to your post and a photograph by Midnight of 15th July.
  • If you post on Twitter, you can use #BestofBritish and if you mention @fionamaclean or @serialcrafter or @newworldapps, we will try and retweet.
  • The round-up of entries will be posted on or before the 20th July on The Face of New World Appliances and here on my blog too.

The Best of British Challenge has been organised by Karen Burns Booth of Lavender and Lovage and Fiona McLean of London Unattached.  Many thanks to them both for all their hard work and to Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog for hosting the first month featuring recipes from Cornwall. Remember to check the round up on the 20th June.

Scotland's Food

There are so many fantastic food producers in Scotland.  We have high quality beef and lamb and game, incredible seafood and delicious dairy produce.  The varied landscape of Scotland has the right conditions to for all of these products and, despite some of the 'deep fried Mars Bar' anti-food propaganda, Scotland has an excellent reputation for good food. 

I thought long and hard about what I should showcase for Best of British and toyed with a smoked venison salad or maybe some traditional baking.  In the end I decided to put a bit of a twist on a dish that is full of Scottish products and is popular in restaurants and at home for entertaining:  Cranachan.

I'm not sure what that bottle says about us, there doesn't seem to be much Auchentoshan malt whisky left!  In my defence, we have had that bottle for quite a while... oh yes and some lovely Scottish Heather Honey, thick and fragrant.

It's also the start of the Scottish soft fruit season.  I visited a fruit farm in Fife last weekend, no raspberries there, but plenty of strawberries.  These raspberries come from Perthshire, the cooler summers in Scotland are ideal for raspberry growing.

Iced Cranachan with Raspberries (serves 4)

For the ice-cream
300ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract
 3 egg yolks
25g caster sugar
1 tbsp Scottish Heather Honey
1tbsp Scottish Malt Whisky
300ml 1/2 Fat Creme Fraiche

For the Oat Crumble
100g Scottish medium oatmeal (I used Hamlyns Oatmeal suitable for baking)
30g Scottish butter
50g demerara sugar

200g Scottish Raspberries

To make the ice cream
1. Pour milk into a heavy based saucepan, add the honey and heat until almost boiling.
2. Take off the heat and let it cool slightly.
3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until thick and creamy.  Gradually whisk in the hot milk, then strain back into the pan.
4. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
5. Do not allow to boil!
6. Pour into a chilled bowl and leave to cool in the fridge
7. Whisk the Creme Fraiche into the cold custard until evenly blended.
8. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen, alternatively freeze in a shallow container, whisking 2 or 3 times during freezing to break down the ice crystals and ensure an even-textured ice-cream.
9.  When the ice-cream is still soft, add half the oat crumble and mix well.

To make the oat crumble
1. Rub together the medium oatmeal and the butter until combined and resembling rough breadcrumbs.
2. Add the demerara sugar and stir through.
3. Heat the oven to 180C and spread the mixture on a baking tray.
4. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
5. Let the crumble cool.

For the Raspberry Coulis
100g Scottish Raspberries
25g icing sugar, sieved
1. Push 100g of raspberries through a sieve, collecting the juice in a bowl.
2. Stir in the icing sugar until dissolved.
3. Chill until ready to use.

I used some old fashioned Tala Castle Cake tins, lined with clingfilm, to make my little ices, but you could use a small glass or just add a scoop of ice cream to your plate.  You need to take the ice-cream out of the freezer about half an hour before eating.  Place the ice cream on the plate, using a dessert spoon add a pool of raspberry coulis on one side and place three raspberries in the coulis.  Add a little 'stream' of oat crumble on the opposite side of the plate.

This is not an over sweet dessert, there is only a very subtle taste of whisky, but you could leave it out if you don't have it or don't like it.  They honey taste is to the fore and the different textures of the crunchy oat crumble and smooth raspberry coulis are delicious with the ice-cream.

I hope you will join us in the Best of British Challenge and make something from Scotland, it can be a traditional Scottish dish or a dish using Scottish produce.  I look forward to seeing what you make and good luck with the prize draw.

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At 15 June 2012 at 09:57 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

What a stunning dish Janice. Who knows I may even try making ice-cream soon!


At 15 June 2012 at 13:48 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ooh lovely Janice. I've been meaning to make Cranachan for ever, but not managed it. Iced Cranachan is a completely new one on me and looks even more delicious. Great start to the Scottish challenge.

At 15 June 2012 at 13:56 , Blogger Jacqueline said...

I love cranachan Janice and it is one of the best dishes from Scotland to be sure. Well in my opinion anyway. I never thought of turning it into an ice cream, that was inspired!

At 15 June 2012 at 17:43 , Blogger Working london mummy said...

Beautiful recipe! Am bookmarking this x

At 15 June 2012 at 17:49 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

I do love cranachan and think you made the right choice. You have managed to make it look so good and highlights lots of wonderful Scottish produce. Such a delicious dessert!x

At 15 June 2012 at 20:51 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

brilliant combo here, I love the recipe... I can imagine it has a bit of a punch to it!... Now I need to get my thinking caps on for this brilliant challenge!

At 15 June 2012 at 23:13 , Blogger A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate said...

You've started with a high standard there Janice, it looks delicious. x

At 16 June 2012 at 23:28 , Blogger Caroline said...

That sounds and looks delicious. I'm such a big fan of raspberries - I much prefer them to strawberries!

At 16 June 2012 at 23:50 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Hurrah! Best of British goes to Scotland. The first thing that came to my mind was shortbread :) Your cranachan looks gorgeous and I love how it's served.

At 17 June 2012 at 19:52 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

A BEAUTIFUL recipe to start us off of our Scottish journey Janice! I CAN'T wait to make something for one of my favourite regions of Britain! Karen

At 21 June 2012 at 06:25 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

What a fabulous dish Janice. Need to get my thinking cap on for this challenge!

At 3 July 2012 at 17:05 , Blogger Scottish Mum said...

That Cranachan looks gorgeous. Much much better than mine ever does.

At 4 July 2012 at 20:33 , OpenID hungryhinny said...

Only just seen this post but that looks delish! Need to get my thinking cap on for this challenge as the deadline is creeping up rather quickly!

At 8 July 2012 at 12:32 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Just posted my first entry here:

At 8 July 2012 at 22:24 , Blogger Becca (playdohandpoo) said...

wow great recipe! thanks. will try to get an entry in Best of British this week. B

At 13 July 2012 at 17:20 , Blogger Gloria said...

This look amazing I love britain desserts!!

At 24 July 2012 at 11:07 , Anonymous David Crichton said...

Hi Janice,

I don't know how I've missed the first two months of The Best of British. Do you have a link for this months competition.

I wondered why it had taken someone so long to create a cranachan ice cream. Looks great.



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