• 300ml of water (½ pint)
  • 450g mix of dried fruits – inc 200g sultanas whole, approx equal parts chopped apricots, figs, dates and/or prunes to make total weight
  • 225g margarine or butter or mix of both
  • 250g of sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of mixed spice
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • STEP 1
    Put the water, fruit, fat and sugar in a large pan and slowly heat until all the sugar and fat has dissolved - Tip: you are only melting not cooking so don't let it get too hot..
  • STEP 2
    Sieve the next five ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to ensure an even spread of the spices.
  • STEP 3
    Add warm wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and add the two beaten eggs and mix well.
  • STEP 4
    Put into suitably sized microwaveable dish lined with cling film, but do not cover over the top with the cling film. I use a glass mixing bowl as the cooking dish to get a nice pudding shape. Place in microwave (timings for 900w) adjust timing for lower or higher power microwave
  • STEP 5
    Once cooked turn out onto a plate and remove cling film. Allow to cool. This can be sliced up and frozen in handy portions. It's great re-heated and then dry fried to get a tasty crust on it...
  • STEP 6
    The Scottish dish Clootie Dumpling is the basis for this updated recipe and they eat a slice of this dumpling with a cooked breakfast - naughty but delicious

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