Boiled Scottish Dumpling (Clootie)

    3 hours 50 minutes

    This is a traditional boiled pudding made with suet and fruit. It's wrapped in a cloth called a cloot.

    14 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 4 cups (500g) self-raising flour
    • 250g currants
    • 250g sultanas
    • 125g shredded suet
    • 100g dried breadcrumbs
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:3hours30min  ›  Ready in:3hours50min 

    1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine flour, currants, sultanas, suet, breadcrumbs and sugar. Mix egg and milk with mixed spice, baking powder, salt and golden syrup. Stir into flour mixture to form a wet dough.
    3. Dip a heavy cotton cloth in boiling water and then sprinkle it with flour. Place dough in centre of cloth, draw opposite corners together to form a ball, leaving a bit of room for the dumpling to expand, and tie tightly.
    4. Place the dumpling in the boiling water, reduce heat to a low boil and cook 3 1/2 hours, topping water off as needed. Remove the dumpling from the water, remove the cloth and dry the dumpling in a 150 degrees C oven until surface is no longer wet.


    For the cloth, try using an old pillowcase, a square of muslin or a large tea towel.

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    This is a great recipe! Just like you get in Scotland. Service with cream, custard or your favourite sauce. I've tried brown sugar, lemon, rum, whisky. All are great!  -  10 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I love this recipe - my granny always made it for birthdays in the family! I find that an apple chopped into the mixture really enhances it and makes it that little bit softer. Served warmed with milk is the best way to eat a clootie dumpling!  -  13 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Best tasting and easiest recipe I've found. Tips: Place a saucer upside down in your pot before you drop in the dumpling. This will prevent your "cloot" or cloth from sticking to the bottom of the pan. We love Clootie dumpling sliced and fried in butter for breakfast with our bacon and eggs! If there's white and black pudding and square slice sausage with beans, all the better!!!  -  30 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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