In our Spring 2014 issue we held a competition for the best home recipe. The winner was Roy, who received a copy of Jack Monroe‘s book A Girl Called Jack.
Here is his winning recipe…
Serves 8, Costs £1.40
A clootie dumpling is a classic Scottish dessert that is traditionally steamed for 4 hours. Our clever reader Roy has a brilliant recipe that you cook in the microwave for 5 minutes!
- 110g butter or margarine
- 220g dried fruit
- 1/2 grated apple
- 140ml water
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp treacle
- 110g plain flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- Line a heatproof plastic or glass bowl (no smaller than 20cm) with cling film and set aside
- Place butter, dried fruit, apple, water, sugar and treacle in a saucepan, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, place in a heatproof bowl in the microwave and heat for 1 minute, stopping to stir halfway through. Set mixture aside to cool
- Stir the dry ingredients together until well mixed, then pour into the (cooled) wet mixture. Add the egg and mix well.
- Pour into your lined heatproof bowl, cover with cling film and poke a small hole in the top. Microwave on full power for five minutes until a sharp knife comes out clean.
Turn out onto a plate. Enjoy hot or cold, store in an airtight container.