Anyone for Clootie Dumplings?

1555368_615844165119622_1681929892_n (1)We made two clootie dumplings for our recent James Watt Supper – one in the microwave, and one by more traditional means. Here’s the recipes for both. Enjoy.


You’ll need:

  1. 1 pound of S.R. Flour
  2. 1 teacup of breadcrumbs
  3. 1 teacup of sugar
  4. 1 teacup of suet
  5. ½ pound of sultanas
  6. ¾ pound of raisins
  7. 1 grated apple
  8. 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
  9. ½ teaspoon of salt
  10. 1 tablespoon of Treacle.
  11. ½ pint of cold milk.
  • 1 muslin cloth
  • Very large bowl
  • Ball of string
  • Very large pot
  • Plate


Mix all ingredients 1-9 together in the bowl, and then slowly blend in the treacle and milk.

Scald the muslin cloth, lay it out on your work surface, and then dust it with the flour, putting the dumpling mix into the middle of the cloth. Bring up the corners of the cloth and tie it with the string, [Remember to leave space for the pudding to rise]

Place the covered dumpling mix into the boiling water to rest on the plate at the bottom of the pot.

Boil steady for 3-4 hours topping up the boiling water every 45 minutes. Making sure that ¾ of the covered dumpling is immersed in boiling water.

Remove the covered dumpling and put it in a colander in the sink, untie the string and gently pull the corners a part. Place a plate over the dumpling and whip it over, then carefully peel the ‘cloot’ away.

You can dry it to make a skin on the Dumpling by placing the dumpling and plate in a warm oven which is switched off and leave it to rest.

1508152_615844168452955_2087398194_nMICROWAVE CLOOTIE DUMPLING

You’ll need:

  1. ½ pint of water
  2. 4oz sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  4. 1 tablespoon mixed spice
  5. 6 oz butter
  6. 8 oz of sultanas
  7. 8 oz raisins
  8. 1 tablespoon of Treacle.
  9. 8 oz of plain flour
  10. 1 teaspoonful of Baking powder
  11. 2 beaten eggs
  • Large baking bowl
  • Cooking pot
  • Cling Film
  • Pudding bowl
  • Microwave


Put in the 1-8 ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Place the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and mix in the eggs. Add the hot mixture and mix well.

Pour into a cling film lined pudding bowl and cook in the Microwave for:

  • 1000 watts – 7 minutes
  • 650 watts – 9 minutes
  • 500 watts – 12 minutes

Cool for a little, and then turn it out onto a plate.

P.S. The traditionally-made one takes longer, but we think it tastes so much better! Got any personal recipes to share. Email us: info@kinneil.org.uk