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Gluten Free Clootie Dumpling
Gluten Free Clootie Dumpling
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins

A delicious traditional Scottish pudding that's boiled not baked or steamed. This Clootie has been made gluten free and dairy free using my own suet recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Free From - gluten and dairy, Scottish
Keyword: Dairy Free, easy, Gluten Free, simple, Suet, Traditional Recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 376 kcal
Author: Glutarama
  • 300 g mixed dried fruit
  • 200 g plain gluten free flour
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 100 g gluten free vegetable suet
  • 100 g gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine.
  2. Take an old clean tea towel, muslin or piece of cloth and dust with flour.
  3. Place the clootie dough into the centre of the cloth and gather the corners.
  4. Tie the corners in place, allowing a little room for expansion. I use a cable tie to secure mine if we don't have any string in the house!

  5. Place the clootie parcel onto of an upturned plate in a large saucepan, this is to stop the dumpling from sticking to the hot bottom of the pan.

  6. Using a recently boiled kettle pour enough liquid to just cover the dumpling. My largest saucepan isn't quite deep enough, so I never quite manage to cover the dumpling completely. Adding a lid will prevent the top from drying if this happens to you.

  7. Boil the water for 3 hours, keep an eye on the pan as you will need to top up the water at least once.
  8. After 3 hours remove the dumpling taking care not to scald yourself.
  9. Remove the cloot (cloth) and place the soggy dumpling on a baking tray.
  10. Pop the dumpling in an oven set at 190C/Gas 5 for 15 mins to harden off the skin, it will turn a more dark familiar colour now not unlike a Christmas pudding or cake.
  11. Serve immediately with cream or custard.
Recipe Notes

This keeps really well and we were still eating it 4 days later ... delicious!

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Clootie Dumpling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.