Clootie Pudding served with Drambuie Cream
2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose flour, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon
1 tsp (5 ml) ground ginger
½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground nutmeg
¼ tsp (1 ml) ground cloves
¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
¾ cup (175 ml) granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
½ cup (125 ml) frozen, coarsely grated vegetable shortening
¾ cup (175 ml) yellow raisins
½ cup (125 ml) currants
½ cup (125 ml) pitted and chopped Medjool dates
⅓ cup (75 ml) chopped dried apricots
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
1 tbsp (15 ml) fancy molasses
1 large egg
½ cup (125 ml) + 2 tbsp (30 ml) buttermilk
2 cups (500 ml) whipping cream
4 tsp (20 ml) icing sugar
3 tbsp (45 ml) Drambuie
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Into a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, spices and salt. With a wooden spoon, stir in sugar, frozen shortening, dried fruits and grated apple.
- In a small bowl, whisk together molasses, egg and buttermilk. Stir wet mixture into dry mixture to form a stiff batter.
- In a large bowl, pour some boiling water over a clean old pillowcase, a pudding cloth or a clean tea towel. Wearing rubber gloves to protect hands, remove it and carefully wring out as much water as possible. Lay it out flat on a clean work surface and sprinkle generously with flour and about 2 tbsp (30 ml) granulated sugar. Spoon pudding mixture onto centre of cloth, loosely bring up edges around mixture and secure tightly with a piece of kitchen string. Do not wrap cloth too tightly around batter, as it will expand during cooking.
- Place a folded kitchen towel in a heatproof (preferably ceramic) bowl, large enough to accommodate pudding, in base of a large, deep saucepan. Place pudding in bowl, knotted side up. Pour in enough boiling water to just cover pudding. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, bring water to a gentle simmer and cook for 4 hours. Check water level often and top up if necessary.
- Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
- Lift pudding from saucepan and dip briefly in a large bowl of ice-cold water. Then remove cloth and place pudding on an ovenproof baking dish or platter. Bake for 15 minutes, until outside of pudding has dried off.
- While pudding bakes, make Drambuie Cream. In a large bowl, whisk together cream and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Whisk in Drambuie. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Serve pudding warm, cut into chunky wedges, with dollops of Drambuie Cream.