Clootie Dumpling

READY IN: 4hrs
Recipe by Missy Wombat

After reading some of Miller's very droll reviews today I had to post this in his honour.

Top Review by Frugal Fifer

Made this for Virtual Culinary Cruise:British Isles and Ireland's Scotland leg. Being a Scot and also a lover of dumpling I was keen to find a recipe close to my Grannies much loved dumpling - often a close held family secret and with many regional variations, this one seemed to fit the bill. I followed the recipe and the only change I made was to put a spoon of treacle in the mix. The result was a delicious dumpling with a lovely skin around it - often the best bit! This will be welcomed by my parents as it is not something we make very often in these health conscious days. Thanks for posting this I really enjoyed making it the directions were detailed and The only thing I would do differently is to add a little more milk and cook for maybe 15 mins less.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. one large square of cotton or linen cloth is needed as a pudding cloth.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together with enough milk to make a “not too wet mixture”.
  3. Drop linen cloth in boiling water, using tongs remove and wring out excess moisture.
  4. Sprinkle the cloth with flour.
  5. Put the dumpling mixture into the centre of the cloth and tie securely with twine.
  6. Don’t leave too much room in the cloth or the dumpling will split.
  7. Place the dumpling into a large saucepan of boiling water and simmer for 3 hours.
  8. Make sure the water level is topped up with more hot water to about half way up the side.
  9. The dumpling should be covered with water.
  10. It is a good idea to use a heat-proof plate in the bottom of the pot to keep the dumpling off the pot base.
  11. When ready, put dumpling on a wooden breadboard and carefully remove cloth.
  12. Put plate on top and turn over.
  13. Put in a warm oven for 10 minutes.
  14. Turn dumpling onto a clean plate and put into oven for a further 10 minutes.
  15. Note: Double the amount requires four hours' boiling.

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