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!

It is my wish that you feel inspired by our country through these recipes and enjoy a taste of Scotland in your own home where ever you are in the world.

Delicious Scotch Broth

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

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! 🙂

Scottish Christmas Cake

We all squeeze in a slice of Christmas cake on Christmas day…well in all honestly its more like a cube of Christmas cake as there’s not much room for anything after a three course Christmas day dinner. This Christmas cake is full of my favourite Christmas spices and gives this cake such a delicious flavour.

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

Beremeal Bannocks

I will have to admit that this was the first Scottish savoury bannock that I have made and you know what? …it certainly will not be the last it was absolutely delicious! The kids loved it and the wee one had a few pieces too! I made this special bannock with traditional Beremeal from Orkney.

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

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

Garlic Rib Roast

This delicious beef rib roast has been on the recipe bucket list for a long time. I knew it was a pretty pricey cut so it put me off for some time but today we decided to give it a try instead of getting a Friday night takeaway and we’ve not been eating out just … 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

Smoked Salmon pate

We love this creamy traditional Scottish smoked salmon pate. It works really well with pasta, oatcakes, toasted sourdough and you can even make a delicious smoked salmon and prawn terrine with this recipe. My favourite has to be traditional Scottish smoked salmon pate on my home made Scottish oatcakes.

Hotch Potch Soup (Hairst Bree / Harvest Broth)

We love this delicious Tradtional Scottish Harvest Broth called Hotch Potch. It’s so delicious to have at the end of Summer and is the perfect way to use up all of the Summer garden peas and broad beans. The sweetness of the Scottish Summer peas and broadbeans works really well with the lamb neck and … 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 Oatcakes

We love these traditional Scottish oatcakes as they are so easy to make yet so delicious with a slice of cheese and fresh jelly from the garden. I always thought that traditional Scottish oatcakes were difficult to make but they are acutally pretty easy. It just takes a little patience and careful preparation to make … Read More

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.

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.

Scottish Pancakes

I don’t think any Scottish foodie blog would complete without these delicious pancakes. You can serve them simple with melted butter or jam or for that special treat with some crispy bacon and eggs on the top.