CHOCOLATE CRANACHAN

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Cranachan is Scotland’s traditional harvest-time pudding, a blend of Crowdie (an artisanal cottage cheese), cream, toasted oats, berries, whisky, and honey. Here, it’s updated with crème fraîche (instead of the Crowdie), toasted hazelnuts, and grated chocolate, and served parfait-style in individual goblets. To allow the flavors to meld, assemble the parfaits ahead of time and chill them overnight before serving.

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YIELD: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

2 cups coarsely grated bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate (about 6 ounces)
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, husked, coarsely chopped (4 1/2 ounces)
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (3 ounces; do not use instant)
1 3/4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup whisky

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix chocolate, hazelnuts, and brown sugar in medium bowl. Spread oats out on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Stir hot oats into chocolate mixture (hot oats will partially melt chocolate); set aside until chocolate firms, at least 2 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

2. Using electric mixer, beat whipping cream, crème fraîche, and sugar in large bowl until cream mixture holds peaks. Fold in whisky.

3. In each of six 10- to 12-ounce goblets, layer 3/4 cup cream mixture and 3/4 cup oat mixture; repeat layering. Top each parfait with 3/4 cup cream mixture and sprinkle with oat mixture. Cover parfaits and chill overnight.

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