Monday, 2 January 2017

Microwave Clootie Dumpling


Wishing you all a happy new year, lets hope 2017 is a good one for us all.  It's been a while since I last blogged as things were a bit manic over the festivities but I've been doing loads of cooking and baking (although sadly sometimes forgetting to take photographs) so I will post up my recipes as and when I can.

Tonight's recipe is for Clootie Dumpling made in the microwave and it was kindly given to me by one of our neighbours.  If you're not Scottish you might not have heard of a clootie dumpling before - it's a traditional recipe for a steamed rich fruit pudding.  It's a bit like a Christmas Pudding but not as dark and maybe a bit spicier.  The term 'clootie' means a rag of cloth as the pudding was traditionally cooked in a muslin cloth.  Traditionally it would have taken several hours to cook but thankfully my recipe takes only 15 mins in the microwave!  We had this for pudding yesterday served with a dollop of brandy cream.  Definitely not Slimming World friendly 😂but a wee New Years Day treat!

Microwave Clootie Dumpling

Serves 8-10

1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
6oz butter or margarine
1 lb mixed dried fruit
8 oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs, beaten

Line a 3 pint plastic microwavable bowl with cling film then put aside.  Put the spices, sugar, syrup, butter or margarine and mixed dried fruit in a large pan along with 1/2 pint of water.  Bring to the boil, stirring, then simmer for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in the flour and bicarbonate of soda, mix well.  Add the eggs then mix well again.

Pour the mixture into the prepared bowl.  DO NOT COVER.  Cook on high in the microwave for approx 15 minutes.

That's it simples and beats having to steam it for 5+ hours!  I love the smell of all the spices while it's cooking!

That's all for now but I'll be back again soon with more recipes to share.

Shona xx

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