As well as Scottish dishes being famous for their wholesome nature and the quality of the local meats and fish, the Scottish people have proved over the centuries that they have a sweet tooth. In order to satisfy this demand, Scottish cooks have set out to quench this desire and over the years have produced some mouth-watering dishes.
One of the most famous biscuits in the world is shortbread and one of the most famous brands that is sold is Walkers Shortbread which is wrapped in its unmistakable red tartan package. Short bread is simply made from one-part of white sugar, two-parts of butter and three-parts of flour. Over time, there have been varieties of the recipe, but most manufacturers return to the same method that has been used for centuries.
Another food item that has been around for a long time is Dundee Cake. The cake is a rich fruit cake that contains currants, sultanas and almonds. The finished cake often has almonds decorating the top and it has been baked in Scotland since the 18th century, when the James Keiller company started mass producing it in Dundee.
The Scots love their trifle and their favorite way to prepare it is to soak the sponge in Drambuie or whiskey. It is known in Scotland as the tipsy laird and the version is served mainly to adults and is not included at children’s parties.
They have also devised a way to make the already tasty Mars bar even more delicious and that is by deep frying it. The mars bar is first chilled then covered in batter that is usually used for cooking fish. Apparently, the first deep fried mars bar was produced in Aberdeen in the middle of the 1990s and it is now served all over the country.
The Cranachan desert is also popular around the country. It is a combination of whisky, fresh cream, honey and raspberries. The dish is often served on top of a short bread, although there is a rather traditional way of serving it to guests. On some occasions, each ingredient is brought to the table separately and guests that make up their own concoction to taste.
The Scots also claim that sticky toffee pudding is a Scottish dish, originating near Aberdeen. The dish consists of a moist sponge, made of finely chopped dates, which is covered in a rich and sweet toffee sauce. It is often also accompanied by either custard or double cream and the pudding was ideal for lifting people’s spirits in the cold winters.
Scotland is also the home of many confectionaries, and plenty of sweets have emerged from the region. The tablet is made from sugar, condensed milk and butter which is regularly flavored with either whisky or vanilla. The mixture is put together and boiled, then left to crystalize. It looks like fudge, but its texture is grainy and the sweet is brittle.
Another favorite sweet is the Soorploom which is a sharp flavored round sweet. It originated from near Galashiels in 1837 and its green color come from one ingredient: unripe plums. The sweet is unusual in Scotland as a result of its sour taste, as most Scots usually prefer really sweet dishes. Scotland has a wide variety of puddings and confectionary that act as fine accompaniments to the splendid meals that it produces.