Frolicking Fun and Frivolity with “Whim Wham”
~ A Scottish Regency Trifle ~
Who doesn’t love a bit of frolicking fun and frivolity? Especially when the weather has been dire this summer; so when I received a package of FRESH Scottish raspberries recently, my face LIT up and I immediately started to concoct a divine dessert that had FUN in the title and one that would be fabulous on the tongue too…….my Scotty Brand Scottish Raspberries would MORE than fit the bill, plus, I was also lucky enough to receive four 180g punnets, so MORE than enough for one day of fruity fun!
I knew I had a delivery arriving, and so whilst I whiled away the days and hours until it arrived, I perused old cookbooks and quizzed my mum about some family recipes that she might remember…….I also had a plan to make a pot of jam too, as I adore home-made raspberry jam. But, there is one recipe that has played with my imagination for years now, an old Scottish recipe (Regency actually) that I remember having when I was little, a whimsical and creamy dessert that is SO much MORE than the usual trifle and yet is grown up enough to grace a summer dinner party table – Whim Wham.
There are several recipes for Whim Wham, but this is MY family recipe, as written down on the back of a flyleaf of an old cookbook…….it’s simple to make and absolutely delectable. The protagonist fruit, raspberries, shine through the cream and the almonds and orange zest adds a citrus and nutty overture to proceedings, it is sinfully simple, the Little Black Dress of desserts. There is NO jelly or custard, it’s simply NOT needed, but there is a generous slug of Scotch whisky added to the sherry or dessert wine soak for the sponge……sublime!
I DID make a pot of jam too, but I will share that recipe later, and I was able to use the raspberry jam in this Whim Wham……so a DOUBLE Whim Whammy! (Sorry!) I DO grow my own raspberries, but I am not in Scotland, and for me, the BEST raspberries in the world come from Scotland – England may have the edge on strawberries, although I LOVED my Scotty Brand Strawberries, and shared two recipes on my blog using them here: Strawberries and Flowers for Tea – Strawberry & Elderflower Cake and Tart Topping
……but, the climate and soil just produces the BEST raspberries in Scotland, and they are VERY good for you too!
Did you know?
- Raspberries contain a wealth of vitamin C. In fact, they contain more than oranges.
- Raspberries are also high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium.
- They’re low in calories and saturated fats, making them a healthy snack.
- They’re a handy source of dietary fibres that are essential to good digestion.
- Raspberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich of all fruits.
- There are 32 calories in every 100g of juicy raspberries.
If you buy any Scotty Brand raspberries this summer, to celebrate the great Scottish outdoors, Scotty Brand has joined up with the Disney•Pixar movie Brave, in cinemas from August, to bring you a feast of prizes…..and if you purchase any raspberries with a special promotional code on the packet, you have a chance of winning:
- Family adventures at The Gleneagles® Hotel
- Private VIP Brave screenings for you and your friends
- Virgin Experience Days Vouchers
- Disney Store shopping vouchers
- Disney•Pixar DVDs
- Brave posters
- Brave mobile wallpaper downloads
- Money off your next Scotty Brand purchase
But back to my whimsical Whim Wham – the recipe is below, but I have to tell you that the one in the photos has all gone now, however, I am planning on making this again soon…….as it is a perfect pudding for ANY time of the year, but especially when Scottish raspberries are in season. It’s all been berries and desserts lately, so tomorrow I am back with my Fish on Friday recipe, and I have some more savoury treats to share over the weekend.…….bye for now, see you later, Karen.