Clootie Dumpling

Clootie Dumpling

Clootie Dumpling

  • Prep

    20 m

  • Cook

    3 h 30 m

  • Ready In

    3 h 50 m

Recipe By:Jill Barrett
“My Grandmother’s recipe and she would have been 100!”


  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 3/4 cups dried currants
  • 1 2/3 cups raisins
  • 1/4 pound shredded suet
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, currants, raisins, suet, bread crumbs and sugar. Mix egg and milk with mixed spice, baking powder, salt and molasses. Stir into flour mixture to form a wet dough.
  3. Dip a heavy cotton cloth in boiling water and then sprinkle it with flour. Place dough in center of cloth, draw opposite corners together to form a ball, leaving a bit of room for the dumpling to expand, and tie tightly with twine to seal.
  4. Place the dumpling in the boiling water, reduce heat to a low boil, and cook 3 1/2 hours, topping water off as needed. Remove the dumpling from the water, remove the cloth and dry the dumpling in front of a fire or in a 150 degree oven until surface is no longer wet. Serve.

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