Microwave clootie dumpling

    24 min

    This is a traditional Scottish dish. Made for after Christmas dinner, the remainder was kept for Hogmanay. In years gone by it was wrapped in cloth and steamed in a pot. The old six penny was wrapped in wax paper and cooked into the dumpling mixture, where it was good luck to find one in your slice of the dumpling. This recipe is made in the microwave and is much quicker and still has the same tasteful flavour. You will need 1 pot, 2 pint pudding bowl, cling film.

    Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
    690 people made this

    Serves: 20 

    • 300ml (1/2 pt) water or milk
    • 125g (4 1/2 oz) dark brown soft sugar
    • 125g (4 1/2 oz) margarine or lard
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons mixed spice
    • 450g (1 lb) mixed dried fruit
    • 225g (1/2 lb) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 eggs, beaten

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:9min  ›  Ready in:24min 

    1. In pot, place water, sugar, margarine, cinnamon, spice and fruit. Mix ingredients, bring to boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    2. Meanwhile, line your pudding bowl with the cling film. Sieve the flour and soda together. Add the eggs and pour your cooled fruit mix into the flour. Mix well together and pour into prepared bowl. DO NOT COVER. Cook for 9 minutes on full power.
    3. Serve with custard or cream. Lovely with whisky pored over top and flamed with whipped cream.

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    There is NO proven link between microwaving with cling film or any other plastics and an increase in cancer risk. This article from Cancer Research explains : http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/Plasticbottles/  -  31 Dec 2011


    Loved it, really easy to make. Mine took about 15 minutes.  -  24 Jan 2015


    Please do not use clingfilm in a microwave or any plastic as there is evidence the heat makes the plastic carcogenic (can cause cancer)  -  05 Oct 2009