I enjoyed an afternoon of tea yesterday with some friends, one of whom served what she termed to be a traditional Cloutie Dumpling from Scotland. I am all in for traditional foods, especially those so tasty. (Yes, I have tried Haggis.)
Now, I live in the South. When we say “dumpling,” we customarily mean a doughy bread cooked in a broth. Chicken and dumplings is quite popular.
However, the Cloutie Dumpling is more of the nature of fruit cake. (I am one of those people who love fruit cake every Christmas [Yes, I am weird.], and I found this recipe is very much like my Christmas pudding one.)
As I understand it, Cloutie can also be seen as spelled as “Clootie,” which comes from the cloth in which the pudding is traditionally boiled.
Here is the recipe my friend shared:
125 g/4 oz. of suet (finely chopped)
1 tsp baking powder
200 g/ 4 oz. of currants and sultanas
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
250 g/ 8 oz of self-rising flour
75 g/ 3 oz brown sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup (maple syrup)
1 cup milk
1 tsp nutmeg
125 g/ 4 oz breadcrumbs
1 grated apple
Half fill a pot with water and bring it to a full boil.
Take a large piece of cheesecloth and scald it with boiling water.
Then dust the cloth with flour.
In a large bowl, first beat the eggs. Then mix in the syrup and about 1/4 of the milk. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and fruit – mixing well each time.
Place the mixture on the cheesecloth and secure. Allow enough room for the mixture to swell/rise.
Place an inverted plate on the bottom of the pan and put the pudding on it.
Boil for 3-4 hours.
Be careful not to let the water to drop below half the depth of the pudding.
Dip in cold water, remove the cloth and dry the pudding off in a medium oven.
Sprinkle with sugar and serve with cream or custard.
Here is a tip from Spark Recipes: *Clootie Dumpling traditionally used suet, which is raw beef or mutton fat, usually from around the loins and kidneys. Atora Suet is prepackaged and available in most supermarkets.
There is also a vegetarian version of Atora, called Atora Lite, which is obviously lowering fat. You can also ask for fresh suet from a butcher and then grate it yourself. Suggested substitutes are shortening, or very cold butter or margarine, as would be used for pastry making. However, the finished product will not hold together as well.