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Recipe for family meals :

Scottish Clootie Dumpling

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This recipe has been published with St Andrew's day in mind - 30th November.


175g / 6oz Self Raising Flour
175g / 6oz Brown Breadcrumbs
175g / 6oz Suet
1 teasp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 teasp Ground Cinnamon
1 teasp Ground Ginger
100g / 4oz Currants
175g / 6oz Sultanas
100g / 4oz Soft Dark Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
360ml / 12fl.oz. Milk


  • Place a clean tea towel (cloot = cloth) in boiling water to soften.
  • Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and beat together.
  • Wring out the tea towel and lay flat on a surface. Dredge well with flour then carefully lower the pudding onto the plate.
  • Place a heatproof plate in the bottom of a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the pudding. Bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • To serve - drain well and untie the cloth. Gently ease away the cloth and invert the dumpling onto a large plate. Carefully peel back the cloth from the dumpling and serve very hot.

A vegetarian variety can be made by using vegetable suet.

Serves 6