Thursday, December 6, 2012

Scottish Recipes - Microwave Clootie Dumpling

Now presenting the most amazing, microwave recipe I have had the pleasure of making

The Microwave Clootie Dumpling

Microwave Scottish Clootie Dumpling

For those who don't know what a Clootie Dumpling is, because you aren't Scottish and you weren't born in 1938,  a Clootie Dumpling is a traditionally sweet dumpling, made with dried fruit and wrapped in a cloot (cloth) and boiled in water a good few hours until cooked through

This recipe requires no boiling water and no cloot, just a microwave. Hurray for modern technology

It is traditionally served between Christmas and New Year, and most typically found in amongst a spread of great food on Hogmanay (Scottish New Years Eve)

Any well respecting Clootie dumpling maker will want a good skin on the dumpling, that skin will be pale, and pasty in appearance and apparently my mums Grannie used to sit her real cooked dumpling by the open fire to form a good pasty skin, em yeah ! !

Alas, the microwave clootie has no skin but it does still have that same texture

I am kinda glad as the skin freaked me out as a kid

So here is how to make the amazingly fast and easy (skinless) Clootie Dumpling

I mean, can you really wait for this to be boiled up in a cloot? Yeah, me neither

Makes one Dumpling

You will need


Stage One
Quarter Pint Cold Water
4oz/100g Sugar
1 heaped tablespoon Cinnamon
1 heaped tablespoon Mixed Spice
8oz/225g Margarine
8oz/225g Sultanas
8oz/225g Raisins (I used 16oz Raisins instead of sultanas)
1 tablespoon Treacle (optional)

Stage two
8oz/225g Plain Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Eggs (beaten)

  • Put all of the ingredients in Stage One into a large saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes
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  • In a large bowl, sift the Flour and Soda

  • Add the hot mixture from the pan into the bowl with the flour/soda mix

  • Mix well

  • Add in the beaten eggs, Mix well

  • Line another large bowl with cling film (Saran Wrap)

  • Add mixture to lined bowl and microwave for  
         (UK) 650W - 9 minutes 
         (UK) 500W - 12 minutes
         (USA) 1100W - 4.5 minutes

  • Once cooked leave in bowl to cool and firm then turn out onto a wire rack or plate
Microwave Scottish Clootie Dumpling
Clootie Dumpling

Scottish Clootie Dumpling

Slice and serve with cream, ice cream or custard. Or, just enjoy by the slice


Scottish Word of the day : Cloot  meaning Cloth



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  1. Thanks so much for this recipe. Shared a dish of Clootie Dumpling with custard during our Scotland trip in 2009. Decadent and oh so yummy! My husband (native Scot) really likes the bridies I fix with your recipe, so I'm thinking perhaps I'll try the Clootie during the Christmas holidays.

    1. Love that you have tried it, not many people have, I am sure. Great that you have a Scottish hubby and he is liking all the recipes, we love the bridies on here too, let me know how you get on with the Clootie :)

  2. i am making one for xmas cannot decide which one clootie or microwave

    1. You should make the microwave one, it really was good

  3. This recipe looks delish! Do you have any idea where I can purchase Sultanas or what I could Sub it with?

    1. I couldnt find sultanas here in texas too easily so i just substituted more raisins and it was just fine

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  5. Angela, You are too cute! Thanks for linking up your delicious Scottish Clootie Dumpling! It looks so yummy! Our family roots are from Scotland, but we have never made any Scottish dishes! So it's up to you to teach us!! :) Have a great weekend! -The Six Sisters

  6. Thanks so much for sharing such a really traditional recipe. This is so foreign too me... I'm excited. I love learning about new foods. thanks again for sharing your great recipes on foodie friday.

    1. I'm going to bring this to a New Year's Eve Party at a British friend's house, should be fun.

  7. You always share the most unique and yummy looking deserts! Thanks for sharing with "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!

  8. Thanks so much for linking this up to the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings link party. I'm glad you did, thanks for stopping by!

  9. well, i have never heard of this, and i thought it said cootie dumpling, and thought to myself, "my, why would someone want to eat this?" so sorry! it looks like it would be good with ice cream!

  10. Congrats, your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button, and thank you again for sharing your recipe with us.

  11. This is definitely something original to me, although it does sound similar to a fruit cake. It looks so yummy and moist! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday last week :)

  12. I sometimes add a wee dram of single malt (less water to compensate) and flame it at Xmas. Great with creme anglais or ice cream.

    A nice menu would be Stovies and bannocks, followed by Clootie Dumpling and custard, and if enough room, some fresh fruit, cheese and one last oatcake! (all washed down with a wee dram)

  13. Guess who is one of my Five Faves at Freedom Fridays this week;) I'm not telling, lol!

  14. I just shared this at all my favorite places: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  15. When Scottish Dancing in Ontario a Scottish lady brought a dumpling pudding cooked in the microwave. The recipe is just like yours and you explained the cooking so clearly.I cannot wait to try it for my English hubbie.Many thanks

  16. when Scottish dancing in Ontario last week a Scottish brought a dumpling pudding and the recipe is just like yours, You explained it so well and I cannot wait to try it,

    1. So glad you liked it and you are going to make it soon, let me know how you get on :)

  17. My husband is Scottish and we're having a Burns Night Supper tomorrow and I'm thinking of making this. How many does it serve?

    1. This would easily serve 6-8 people depending on serving sizes, it's really quick and easy to make too, let me know how it turns out :)

  18. I am scottish living in Troon just spent 4 hours cooking a clootie glued to the stove because it boils dry so quickly I have 2 more to make for a seniors St.Andrews day dinner. I am going to break with tradition and try your recipe and see if the seniors can tell the difference.:-)


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