Cranachan Trifle with Forest Fruits

I love it when I find a recipe that is easy to follow, delicious to eat and makes me look like a Kitchen Goddess. This one is just that! Incredibly easy and quick recipe to put together and it is devine, a sure winner with your guests every time.

Cranachan Trifle with forest fruits

For the Crunchy oats
140 g butter
4 tbsps honey
200 g whole jumbo porridge oats
100g golden caster sugar
100g hazelnuts roughly chopped
85 g plain flour
For the cream
1 x 500 ml pot of double cream
1 x 284 ml pot of double cream
250g tub of mascarpone
150g icing sugar
 6 tbsps Scottish Whisky
1 kg of frozen forest fruits
  1. First prepare the crunchy oats. Turn oven on to 180C (gas 4)
  2. Melt the butter and honey in a saucepan, then stir in the other ingredients until it is all well coated
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20 mins until crisp
  4. Cool, crumble into pieces and set aside (can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days)
  1. For the cream – Pour both pots of cream into a bowl add the mascarpone, whisky and icing sugar (omit the whisky if serving to children!) and beat until smooth and holds soft peaks
  1. In a separate bowl, stir a couple of tbsps of icing sugar into the fruit
  1. To assemble, spoon some fruit into the bottom of a glass bowl, top with a layer of cream followed by a layer of oats and repeat 2-3 times, depending on the size of your bowl finishing with a  layer of oats and a dusting of icing sugar

This is an ideal recipe to take to someone’s house and assemble there, transport your whipped cream and prepared fruit in separate containers and bag up the oats and some icing sugar to dust with if wanted and assemble as above

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  1. December 23, 2011 / 10:29 AM

    Looks absolutely gorgeous. Similar to one of the desserts I was going to make, but I may adapt it a bit to be more like this – especially like the idea of including mascarpone.

    • Mari
      December 23, 2011 / 3:24 PM

      It’s a winner every time thanks for coming by x

  2. December 23, 2011 / 3:21 PM

    mmmm… this looks delicious! I think Cranachan is also know as atholl brose, or very similar… have linked my muesli recipe that makes the most scrummy breakfast :)

    • Mari
      December 23, 2011 / 3:25 PM

      Thanks for that – I love muesli, I’m hoping to bump into you in 2012 :)

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