A relaxing break in one of our luxury self-catered cottages is a great time to impress your loved ones with traditional Scottish food made with local ingredients. Here are our top 5 recipes for you to try:

Scottish tablet (http://scottishmum.com/2012/07/scottish-tablet-our-version-of-a-crumbly-melt-in-the-mouth-toffee-in-the-microwave/)

Everybody loves this homemade crumbly fudge – the perfect treat for a wee (or not so wee!) one with a sweet tooth. If you don’t have time to make it the old-fashioned way, you can always cheat by using the microwave. It just takes a couple of hours in the freezer to set.

Shortbread (http://www.food.com/recipe/true-scottish-shortbread-120644)

There’s nothing better than a slice of shortbread straight from the pan, is there? Crumbly and buttery, it also makes a great snack when you’re out on the golf course, fishing or walking the dog. Of course, real Scottish shortbread doesn’t need anything else, but you can add caramel and chocolate for an even sweeter treat.

Potato scones (http://www.marthastewart.com/874311/potato-scones)

Scones make a delightful addition to your traditional cooked Scottish breakfast before a packed day out. The dough is made of mashed potato, so it’s an easy way to use up any leftovers from last night’s supper. This recipe adds a little cheese for an extra indulgent creaminess.

Cranachan (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cranachan_66101)

This traditional Scottish dessert is made of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries and is just perfect eaten in the hot tub! An indulgent pudding that uses some of the best fresh, local ingredients Scotland has to offer, it’s easy to put together and bound to impress. Just layer up in a glass and dig in with a spoon.

Stovies (http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/scottish-comfort-food)

After a day out walking, cycling or enjoying the great Scottish outdoors, you’ll want something warm, filling and easy to prepare. Stovies is the Scottish version of a cottage pie – simply fry beef mince and onions in dripping, then add potatoes and stock, and cook until soft and satisfying. It’s a wonderful recipe for filling hungry tummies!

Our self-catered cottages are the perfect place to try our favourite Scottish recipes for the first time – and you might even take them home with you!