Festive Feasting - Scottish food and table dressings from Gretna Green

Christmas is a time for feasting and enjoying fantastic food and drink with family and friends.

In the first of our two-part feasting series of blogs, we're offering you a range of recipes, table dressing ideas and food-based fun in time for Christmas.

Fancy adding some Scottish flavour to your Christmas dinner?

Gretna Green is here to help!

Scottish Christmas Recipe idea - Clootie Dumpling

 

Clootie dumpling makes for a great Scottish alternative to a basic Christmas pudding.

Very similar in ingredients to a Christmas pudding, the clootie dumpling is a rich, festively spiced steamed pudding.

Cooked by wrapping in a cloth (or cloot, in Scots) - it's the cooking process that makes this traditional desert uniquely Scottish.

Clootie dumpling:

500g (1¼ lb) of self-raising flour
250g (9 oz) of dried currants
250g (9 oz) of sultanas
125g (4¼ oz) of shredded suet
100g (3¾ oz) of dried breadcrumbs
200g (7 oz) of caster sugar
1 medium-sized egg, lightly beaten
120ml (4 fl oz) of milk
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 small pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of golden syrup

Bring a large pot of water to the boil.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, currants, sultanas, suet, breadcrumbs and sugar.

Mix egg and milk with mixed spice, baking powder, salt and golden syrup.

Stir into flour mixture to form a wet dough.

Dip a heavy cotton cloth (or cloot) in the boiling water and then sprinkle it with flour.

Place the batter into the centre of the cloth, draw opposite corners together to form a ball, leaving a bit of room for the dumpling to expand, and tie tightly.

Place the dumpling in the boiling water, reduce heat to a low boil and cook for around 3 and a half hours, topping water off as needed.

Remove the dumpling from the water and gently peel away the cloth.

Dry the dumpling in front of a fire or in a low oven until the surface is no longer the wet.

Serve with custard or cream.

Don't have four hours to invest in a pudding? - Visit the Foodhall at Gretna Green for pre-prepared clootie dumplings and other fantastic Scottish food.

Christmas food online

 

Are you living outside of Scotland and fancy a taste of home?

Gretna Green has a range of traditional Scottish foods to remind you of home this Christmas.

Irn Bru, Tunnock's, Edinburgh Gin, Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company, Scottish honey, Walker's Shortbread and more...

Luxury Scottish Christmas Hampers

Luxury Scottish Christmas Food

 

Christmas Table Decorations and Tableware

Explore a range of Christmas table decorations and tableware at Gretna Green and make your festive feasts look incredible:

Christmas table decorations

 

 

 

 

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 To make Christmas that little bit easier on your wallet, we also have a range of Special Festive Deals with up to 45% off! 

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