HOMECOMERS AND HIGHLANDERS TO GET THEIR JUST DESSERTS
AT THE WORLD CLOUTIE DUMPLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Wednesday 26 August
CALLING all butchers, bakers and dessert makers, the World Cloutie Dumpling Championship is almost upon us! Makers and tasters of Scotland’s finest delicacy are set to descend on Fort William for a Cloutie Dumpling cook-off on Wednesday 26th August 2009.
Organised by the Homecoming Hub Committee the Championship is the culmination of a ten-week programme of Homecoming events in Lochaber, the ‘Outdoor Capital’ of the UK. The ‘clouts’ (cloths) are out, boiled and ironed, aprons at the ready, the flour, oatmeal, sugar, syrup and sultanas measured.
This novel twist to the more traditional past times of Caber Tossing or Haggis Hurling has captured the imagination locally and nationally to the extent that a bagpipe tune has been composed in the Cloutie (pronounced clooty) Dumpling’s honour and scores of variations on the theme of the traditional delicacy are anticipated for adjudication.
The ‘Cloutie Dumpling’ is a traditional Scottish steamed pudding with fruit and spices. Although it is a dessert on the day it is made, while it is still warm, the following days it is normally cut into flat slices and gently fried in a little butter and eaten with fried egg and bacon for breakfast.
It’s traditionally made for Christmas, Hogmanay and birthdays and used to contain an old silver threepenny or sixpenny coin. The name, ‘Cloutie’, refers to the cloth it is wrapped and cooked in.
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