Crowdie is a traditional fresh Scottish cheese dating back to the Viking era, and possibly even Pictish. Traditionally made in every farmhouse on a small scale with milk from their traditional house cow - Ayrshire or Galloway, Highland, Black Angus, Fife Cattle (extinct) or North Dairy Shorthorn.
Ann's crowdie at Dunlop Dairy is the most authentic crowdie currently in production in Scotland. The regulations in Scotland won't allow anyone to produce raw milk crowdie as it is a cheese with a very short shelf life and a high moisture content. Ann makes her pasteurized version in small batches to her own recipe based on traditional methods.
photo: Wendy Barrie