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Authentic Clootie Dumpling - Simply Amazing!

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by Martini-Henry, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Martini-Henry

    Martini-Henry First Sergeant

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    Traditional Scottish Recipes
    - Cloutie Dumpling


    Sometimes spelt "Clootie" it gets its name from the "clout" or cloth in which it was traditionally boiled. This is a favourite at Christmas time and there have been many variations over the years as cooks have experimented. You may be glad to know that it doesn't have to be made in a "clout"!

    Here is the Cloutie Dumpling recipe


    Ingredients:
    4 oz shredded suet or margarine (marge makes a lighter dumpling)
    8 oz (2� cups) flour
    4 oz oatmeal
    3 oz sugar
    Rounded teaspoon baking powder
    8 oz mixed currants/sultanas/chopped raisins
    One or 1� teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and mixed spice
    One teaspoon golden syrup (light corn syrup is the closest in N America)
    2 eggs, beaten
    3/4 tablespoons buttermilk

    Method:
    Sift the flour and rub in the fat (suet or margarine) in a large mixing bowl. Add all the other dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup and eggs and mix well. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft but firm batter.
    At Christmas, cooks often wrapped small coins (in the old days a silver three-penny piece was popular) in greaseproof paper and placed them in the dumpling. If you do add coins, warn those eating the dumpling later so as to avoid broken teeth!
    You now have a choice of container. The traditional way was with a cloth. Dip it first in boiling water and flour it well before adding the mixture. Tie the top, making sure there is enough room for expansion. Place a saucer or plate in the bottom of a saucepan and stand the dumpling in the cloth on top. Cover with boiling water and cook for 2� to 3 hours.
    Alternatively, you can use an 8-cup basin or pudding steamer which has been lightly greased with melted butter. Allow a one inch space at the top (even if this means throwing away some of the mixture - you need the saoce for expansion). Cover the steamer or basin with a greased sheet of foil and pour boiling water into the steamer until it comes two-thirds up the side. Boil for 3 hours.
    Turn out the dumpling and either serve hot with custard or cold with cream.
     
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  3. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Thanks for this recipe. Like getting recipes from different countries.
     
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    I'm glad he posted this here as we saw it on the random thoughts thread.foreign recipes make us an international forum.
     
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    chellers Brigadier General Moderator Trivia Game Winner

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    Think I'll need a youtube video for this one!
     
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    And I think the coin is meant to be a lucky charm for the one who finds it in his serving of the dumpling?
    Make it a diamond ring and save the kneeling, if you want to propose!
     
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    Your wish is my command!

     
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    Martini-Henry First Sergeant

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    :D:D:D:hungry::D:D
    I laughed at the 'foreign recipes' cos we are your British cousins.
     
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    chellers Brigadier General Moderator Trivia Game Winner

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    That must be delicious. She makes it look so easy!

    Thank you, ma'am.
     
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    nitrofd Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Learn how to spell,over here it is "cuz".
     
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    Its odd really, whenever I meet an American they are called yanks, in my book that doesn't make an American a foreigner, the same goes for an Australian or a Canadian. We normally greet Australians with he words 'Welcome back'. I would be quite hurt if an American called me anything other than a Limey or a Brit, so just to be clear, when I visit the USA, I am not a foreigner, I am a Brit or Limey.:smile:
     
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