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Vegetarian Clootie Dumpling Recipe

A hearty traditional Scottish recipe for the festive season. The dumpling can be boiled in a Clootie which is a Scottish word for a small cloth or, as we have done, in a bowl for a more regular shape.

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5.0 (3 votes)

Posted by: pip phillips




> 2 hrs

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Courses etc.

Baking Sweet

You will need

125g vegetarian suet More products
250g plain flour More products
125g oatmeal More products
125g sultanas More products
125g currants More products
1 tablespoon of golden syrup More products
75g caster sugar More products
2 lightly beaten eggs

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1 teaspoon ginger More products
1 teaspoon baking powder More products
1 teaspoon of cinnamon More products
4 tablespoons of milk Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1 tablespoon of flour for the cloth

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  • Rub the suet into the flour and add oatmeal, baking powder, sugar, sultanas and currants and the ginger and cinnamon.
  • Blend together and add the eggs and syrup.
  • Stir well and add just enough milk to firm.
  • If you are using a cloth (cloot), put it into boiling water first then spread onto your table and sprinkle a liberal amount of flour over the inside.
  • Put the mixture into the middle and tie up, leaving a wee bit of space for the mixture to expand.
  • Place an upside-down saucer at the bottom of a deep pan and put the tied cloot in and cover with boiling water and simmer for about 3 hours, ensuring that the dumpling is in water during all the cooking time.
  • If you'd rather use a bowl it will need to be greased before adding the mixture. Leave an inch space at the top of the bowl for the pudding to expand. Cover with greaseproof paper and tie it with string to secure it, and cook as above.
  • Drain the dumpling in a colander, or just take the bowl out of the pan. Cut the string, or remove the greaseproof paper lid and tip the pudding onto a serving plate.
  • Cut into wedges and serve with a dollop of clotted cream or some custard, and perhaps a dram of whisky.

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Vegetarian Suet
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Sultanas 9 Crown Turkey
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