December Recipes – Clootie Dumplings

The Escapades

by Frances Housden

Escape to Christmas Past

It may come as no surprise that I grew up in Scotland, and when the call went out for recipes suitable for the holiday season, my thoughts immediately flew to a recipe my mother used to make for birthdays and Christmas—Clootie Dumpling—always a treat. The problem was that after moving house twice this year, I couldn’t remember where I had put the slip of paper she had written the recipe on.

However, my mother must have been listening from up above for what should arrive in the post yesterday, sent by my great friend Carol Marinelli—Maw Broon’s Cookbook which included the lost recipe. Serendipity! For anyone who never had the pleasure of reading ‘The Sunday Post’ and the weekly cartoon strip of the Broons. I first read the strip when I was little, and it is still going strong in the Post, as…

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