Tipsy Laird

Tipsy Laird is another delicious Scottish dessert. Although it contains raspberries and whisky and of course cream, the same as Crannachan, this dessert is very similar to the English version of the Sherry Trifle.

It is seen as a special dessert, often used on special occasions like Christmas or New Year, and certainly at a Burns Supper. It is deliciously sweet but less heavy than Clootie Dumpling or Christmas Pudding.

As I said it is often served at Burns Suppers. The meal might begin with Cock O' Leekie Soup, followed by the traditional Haggis served with tatties and neeps, finished off with the Tipsy Laird.

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Tipsy Laird - Scottish whisky trifle

Tipsy Laird Trifle


1 sliced Victoria sponge cake
3/4lb/300g raspberry jam
1 wine glass of sherry
2 tablespoons whisky
Home-made egg custard (see below)
3/4lb/300g raspberries
2 sliced bananas
1/2 pint/250 ml whipped double cream
1 tbs castor sugar
Toasted almonds


1/2 pt/250 ml milk
1/3 pt/ 150 ml double cream
2 egg yolks
3 oz/50 g castor sugar
Few drops of vanilla essence


  • Place the sponge in the base of a large glass bowl and spread with the raspberry jam.
  • Mix the sherry and the whisky together and gently spread over the sponge until it is soaked in.
  • Add a layer of raspberries and sliced bananas.

The custard

  • Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla essence together until pale and creamy.
  • Heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan until boiling point then stir into the egg mixture.
  • When it is thoroughly blended, return to the pan and stir continuously over a low heat until the custard thickens.
  • Pour into a dish and allow to cool.
  • When the custard is cool, pour it over the layer of fruit, spreading evenly.
  • Add sugar to the whipped cream.
  • Cover the custard with the whipped cream.
  • Decorate with toasted almonds.

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