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First published 2005 (SND, online supplement).
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CRANACHAN, n. [Gael. cranachan a kind of churn; a milk-based dish traditionally eaten at harvest-time or Halloween] also crannachan. A dessert of whipped cream, toasted oatmeal, fruit etc.Sc. 1985 Catherine Brown Scottish Cookery 164:
CREAM-CROWDIE (cranachan)
Unique Scottish flavours — whisky, heather honey and oatmeal combine with cream and soft fruits in this verstile creation. ... The ritual eating was originally a celebration of 'harvest home' when brambles and blaeberries would most likely have been used.
Sc. 1987 Annette Hope A Caledonian Feast 164:
Probably the best known of all Scottish desserts is Crannachan. Rightly, many would say. Once again, we have the perfect example of the marriage of simple local ingredients, each element tasting of itself yet contributing both flavour and texture to the memorable creation of the one of the world's great desserts.
Sc. 1995 Herald 30 Jan 17:
The town is also a good place for eating, and a lot of traditional dishes: cullen skink (fish soup), seafood, venison and, something I always forget how much I love — crannachan, made with local berries — brambles at this time of year — oatmeal soaked in malt whisky, crowdie, honey and cream.
Sc. 2002 Daily Record 24 Aug 14:
"In the end, it was a really good night, and I met them all. The food went down a treat. I did turbot — a big flat fish — for them.
"It was followed by crannachan with golden raspberries and Chivas Regal."
Sc. 2004 Aberdeen Evening Express 27 May 22:
"After strolling through the delightful harbour you will be ready for roast beef sandwiches and a portion of crannachan — a traditional dessert made with oatmeal, cream, raspberries and Drambuie."

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