Cranachan and the Stone of Scone



The Stone of Scone, or the Stone of Future, is a 152kg block of purple sandstone that might have been positioned beneath the 700-year-old coronation chair yesterday. Traditionally it was used through the coronations of Scottish monarchs, after which the coronations of the monarchs of England, Nice Britain and the UK.

My nice uncle’s storage

The stone is effectively travelled — Westminster Abbey, Scone Abbey, Arbroath Abbey, and extra not too long ago, Edinburgh Citadel. And in 1950, it travelled to my nice uncle’s storage in Glasgow, having been stolen from Westminster Abbey by 4 Scottish college students, who wished to make an announcement about Scottish nationalism. As my nice uncle was a renown (and from reminiscence, very vocal) member of the Scottish Covenant Affiliation, who have been campaigning for a Scottish Parliament, they handed the stone to him, which is the way it ended up skulking in his storage.

As a toddler, I used to like visiting my kin and their garages in Scotland in June, through the raspberry harvest. Raspberries have been — and nonetheless are — one in every of my favorite fruits. Cranachan is the Scottish model of Eton mess, initially made to rejoice the harvest. The phrase cranachan means ‘churn’ in Gaelic. The almonds and chocolate are my addition, and never a part of the unique recipe. Apparently going rogue runs within the household!

Recipe for Cranachan (serves 4)

  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped
  • 300g raspberries, crushed
  • 350ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey (heather honey if potential)
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 2 squares darkish chocolate (minimal 70%), grated

Toast the oatmeal and almonds till wealthy and nutty after which depart to chill. Whisk the cream till simply set, after which stir within the honey and whisky. Stir within the oatmeal and whisk frivolously till the combination is simply agency. Alternate layers of the cream with the raspberries and purée in 4 serving dishes. Enable to relax barely earlier than consuming.



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