Scotland is best known across the world for tartan, haggis and shortbread, but we have plenty more hidden gems to tickle your taste buds.
In this Year of Food and Drink, we want to introduce you to all of the wonderful delicacies in Scotland’s natural larder. From our traditional dish of haggis, neeps and tatties which is either loved or loathed, I recommend this with a wee shot of Bruadar, a lovely whisky liqueur poured over the top, to our delicious Smoked Salmon, cured over oak chips.
Some of the best whiskies in the world are produced by the distilleries in Scotland, however you may not know that another one of our world class products is honey. The flavour of the honey we produce is enhanced by our wide variety of wild flowers. One of my favourite is heather honey with its light floral bouquet.
Indulge in this mouth-watering recipe that uses some of the best ingredients in the Scottish larder:
Honey Whisky Cream Cheesecake
200g (8 oz) Shortbread
50g (2 oz) Butter
500ml (half pint) Double Cream
200g (8 oz) Cream Cheese
3 x tbs Heather Honey
A dash of your favourite whisky
1. Crumble up the shortbread into a bowl
2. Add the melted butter and mix together
3. Press mixture down into four glass dishes
4. Whip up the double cream until it peaks
5. Add the cream cheese and mix well
6. Add a liberal dash of your favourite whisky to your mixture
7. Finally fold in three desert spoons of heather honey
8. Pour the mixture evenly into your dishes
9. Refrigerate for two hours
Best served with a wee nip of your favourite whisky.
Chefs recommendations: A Speyside whisky compliments this recipe.
All of the ingredients in this fabulous recipe can be purchased in the shops at Stirling Castle.
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Author: Sandy Easson