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Clootie Dumpling

Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish pudding, Usually most closely associated with Christmas and Hogmanay, or for holidays as a celebration cake. Many Scots will have fond memories of their grandmothers or their mothers making it.

If you haven’t tried this comforting pudding, why not try making a clootie dumpling this Christmas instead of your usual Christmas pudding?

For those of you who don’t know what it is, a clootie dumpling is a spiced fruit pudding that is then wrapped in a muslin cloth and simmered in water until cooked. Usually served with custard, and of course, a wee dram!, You can buy Clootie dumpling cloths online, or, you can use a piece of muslin cloth, the choice is yours.


500g plain flour (or plain cake flour)

200g beef suet

250g castor sugar

250g raisins

250g sultanas

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 bramley apple, peeled and grated

3 tbsp black treacle

100ml whole milk • extra plain flour for dusting


1.Dip your dumpling cloot into the boiling pot of water to soak it for a few minutes.

2. Wring it out to remove the excess water.