Clootie Dumpling

Recipe by Missy Wombat
READY IN: 4hrs
YIELD: 1 pudding




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