Traditional Scottish Food

These recipes are inspired by Traditional Scottish recipes and cooking methods and are as close to the original ways of making them as is possible today. Scotland has such a vast variety of fresh and seasonally available meats, fish, fruits and vegetables and we have a habit of creating delicious dishes that survive the test of time. Many of our old food traditions are still alive and popular to this day. Although we’ve been known for inventing the deep fried mars bar in relatively recent years we still enjoy a traditional bowl of Scotch Broth or Clootie dumpling and quite often the recipes are passed on down through the generations for all to enjoy!

Below is a selection of Traditional Scottish recipes throughout this blog, some of them also have supporting videos on my Youtube channel – The Wee Larder and these will be linked in the blog posts if nessecary. If you have any questions please drop me a line in the comments box under the recipes. Enjoy your Scottish cooking! Angie x

Traditional Scottish Food Collction

Scottish Cheese & Mushroom Tart

It’s probably no secret by now that I am a big cheese fan! If your also a fan of mature cheddar cheese your going to love this delicious Scottish Cheese and Mushroom Tart recipe. This creamy cheesy melt in the mouth cheese & mushroom tart is perfect for the colder days this Spring.

1916 Scottish Trench Cake

This delicious recipe is based on an old Scottish wartime recipe called 1916 trench cake. It is a lovely dense fruity cake which we enjoyed served warm with a drizzle of golden syrup or honey.

Christmas Smoked Trout Tattie Scones

This delicious Scottish smoked trout and tattie scones recipe is absolutely perfect as a Christmas starter or on a sharing nibble plate but be warned they are so addictive and you may need to make more than you think!

Apple Cider Clootie Dumpling

This is a lovely seasonal recipe inspired by the traditional Scottish Clootie Dumpling and the beautiful Autumn season. The apple cider clootie dumpling pudding is made with freshly grated apples and real apple cider mixed with dried fruit and my favourite Autumn spices.

Summer Strawberry Tart with Mackays

We love those delicious mini strawberry tarts that arrive on the Scottish baker shelves in the Summer months they are soooo good! I thought it would be good to make a giant version, to share with everyone…of course! lol! 😉

Easy Scotch Pie

These easy traditional Scotch pies are so quick to make using a basic shortcrust pastry and lamb mince. The traditional Scotch pie was made with finely chopped or minced mutton I believe so in this version of a traditional Scotch pie I am using minced lamb to recreate the flavour inside and have used similiar … Read More

Oatmeal Drop Scone

These traditional Scottish Oatmeal drop scones are so easy to put together and make a delicious breakfast or snack. The kids love them and they are delicious served with a drizzle of honey and a spread of cream cheese.

Treacle Scones

My husband has told me many times about the traditional Scottish treacle scones his Granny Murray would make fresh for him served warm with melted butter and an extra helping of treacle. I hope that these are slightly close to how she made them, they certainly taste delicious!

Butterscotch Scone Swirls

These Scottish butterscotch scone swirls are very similiar to cinnamon whirls but they are made with a traditional Scottish Scone recipe and are absolutely delicious. The kids love them topped with a little water icing and filled with butter, brown sugar and vanilla.

Winter Veg Soup

This traditional Scottish Winter Vegetable soup is so good on a cold Winters day. It’s made with a hearty selection of seasonal Scottish root vegetables and a piece of beef rib to sweeten and add flavour.

Scottish Fatty Cutties

Traditional Scottish Fatty Cutties come from Orkney and I first tried them from a company up there. My kids loved them and I knew I would have to find a recipe for them. This recipe is based on a traditional recipe from Orkney and has been kept as close to the original as possible. They … Read More

Scottish Haggis Balls

These Scottish haggis balls made with Traditional Scottish Haggis are so easy to make and delicious served up with some neeps (turnip) and tatties (potatoes) or some clapshot. I’m serving my balls up with some clapshot in this recipe as they work so well together.

Scottish Potted Trout

This is such a delicious traditional Scottish recipe for potted trout and very easy to make. I like it in the Winter months but it is equally good in the warmer months too. It travels well and goes nicely with toast, crackers and oatcakes. We enjoy it on toast triangles with a bowl of warm … Read More

Burns Night Cheese Board

We love a good Scottish cheese board in this house and with a few good Scottish cheeses, chutneys and home made jellies its the perfect treat! I thought this cheese board would work really well as a center piece for any Traditional Scottish Burns night celebration.

Scotish Yule Bannock

This Scottish yule bannock is halfway between a traditional yule bannock and a modern day shortbread. The flavours are perfect around Christmas with cinnamon, allspice, mixed peel and cherries and the beremeal adds a nutritious traditional element.

Aberdeen Rowies

These Scottish Aberdeen Rowies are an absolute classic from the North East of Scotland. A weekend treat quite often included a buttery or a rowie for breakfast when we were growing up and I’ll never forget waking up to my Dad’s old crackly radio on a Saturday morning and the smell of the rowies wafting … Read More

Smoked Salmon & beetroot Salad

This delicious Scottish smoked salmon salad makes a beautiful starter on Christmas day with its silky smooth smokey slices, crispy red onions and apples, chives and bright red sweet beetroot & horseradish dressing with a shimmer of gold dust.

Scottish Christmas Trifle

We have always enjoyed Scotch broth, Christmas Turkey and all the trimmings for Christmas dinner and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Granny pulls out her traditional Scottish trifle from the fridge! Delicious!

Christmas Truffles

My mum made the most delicious but simple Christmas truffles around Christmas time and I’ve created this recipe to try and recreate those truffles she made us as kids. They are so delicious and make a lovely gift too! 🙂

Christmas Mince Pies

These traditional Scottish Christmas mince pies are so easy to make and they are so delicious homemade! Me and the kids love the iced mince pies they are such a delicious treat with a hot chocolate by the fire.

Clootie Dumpling

This clootie dumpling reminds me so much of my husband’s Granny Alice MIlne, she was a lovely lady and treated us to many a plate of Traditional Scottish Broth and a slice of her clootie dumpling over the years.. Everytime its simmering away I think of her and her delicious clootie dumpling that I had … Read More

Forfar Bridies

These traditional Scottish Forfar Bridies orignate from Forfar in Scotland. They are a traditional meat pastry which is thought to date back to the 19th century and thought to be served to the bride on her wedding day, hence the horseshoe shape. Another story is that they were made by a lady called Margaret Bridie … Read More

Scottish Clapshot

I love this simple but classic Scottish dish from Orkney its so easy to make but such a satisfying side to have next to a hearty stew at this time of year. I used my neep carvings to make this when I made my halloween neep. It took me ages to carve by hand but … Read More

Venison Squash & Blackberry Pie

I love saving my favourite pie recipes for the colder months and this pie is definitely one of our faves! We love this delicious Scottish Venison, Squash and Blackberry Pie, it is so easy to cook especially since the filling is made throughout the day in the slow cooker. As a busy mum I love … Read More

Tattie Scones (potato scones)

Tattie scones are my favourite Scottish breakfast item and are essential when it comes to creating a good old fashioned classic Scottish breakfast. I’ve been experimenting with tattie scones for a while and this is my favourite way to make them. This recipe is so light and fluffy and works really well with runny eggs!

Haddock with Egg & Sultana Sauce

When I read of this combination in an old Scottish cookbook I thought mmm is that even going to taste good? I trusted my gut feeling and created this recipe inspired by the combination in the Old Scottish cookbook and it was delicious! It was a pleasant surprise and was very similiar in flavour to … Read More

Scottish Sticky Gingerbread

We love a slice of this Traditional Scottish Sticky Gingerbread cake and when its available in the kitchen it gets snapped up for breakfast, school snacks, packed lunches and even afternoon coffee breaks. It goes so well with a thin spreading of butter, some warm custard or a little jam. Such a delicious sticky hearty … Read More

Scottish Broth Soup

We love a crispy cold Autumn walk with the family but especially when you have a bowl of delicious warming traditional Scottish Broth to come home to. The two are a perfect match! We absolutely love Scotch broth and its even more satisfying when you make it with a piece of leftover meat to save … Read More

Mince and tatties

This dish is such a classic and a favourite of the Scottish people, especially here in the North East. It’s a hearty yet easy meal to make and is delicious on a cold Autumn of Winters day. We love making this dish now and again and enjoy it with fresh garden tatties (potatoes) and creamy … Read More

Blackberry, Apple & Bilberry tart

I love the deep purple colour of this Scottish blackberry, apple and bilberry tart its so beautiful and the flavour certainly doesn’t dissapoint either. It’s such a delicious warming tart to eat when the seasons change to Autumn and can be enjoyed with freshly made warm custard, whipped double cream or vanilla ice cream. My … Read More

Scottish Crowdie Cheese

This traditional Scottish crowdie cheese is so delicious and creamy and spreads really well on Scottish oatcakes, biscuits or even in a sandwich. Its really easy to make and traditionally was a great way to use up excess milk.

Traditional Scottish Beef Stew

We love this traditional Scottish beef stew. Its very simple and very much like how Scottish beef stew would have been cooked traditionally. I like to use the slow cooker for this beef stew as it creates the most delicious melt in the mouth stew and the kids absolutely love it! Its packed with nutritional … Read More

Cock a Leekie Soup – Traditional Scottish Recipe

This traditional scottish recipe for cock a leekie soup is based on the traditional simple way of cooking cock a leekie soup. There are more modern variations of cock a leekie soup with carrot and prunes but my version is based on the old traditional way of making cock a leekie. Its really simple and … Read More

Cullen Skink Soup

I have a couple of recipes for making this soup but this one is definitely my favourite. It’s based on an old traditional Scottish recipe by Janet Murray that I have tweeked to replicate the soup my Dad would make us as kids.

Slow Cooked Beef and Dumplings Stew

This hearty slow cooked traditional beef stew went down a treat on a cold Sunday afternoon. Tender meaty chunks, seasonal vegetables and buttery dumplings. A delicious winter meal for the family and really easy to put together in advance in the slow cooker.

Iced Ginger Sponge

Adapted from Janet Murray’s Cookbook – With a fine feeling for food, 1972 I love old cookbooks especially Scottish ones, I love to think and imagine the foods of my ancestors…how they prepared foods, what was available and what they thrived on locally. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old family Scottish Cookbook.