Hi, my name is Michelle Maddox....
How it all started
Hi, my name is Michelle Maddox. I am married with four beautiful children and live in the Pictish village of Abernethy on the Perthshire/Fife border. I have gained a number of catering qualifications over the years and achieved a degree with distinction in Food, Health and Welfare. My inspiration for cooking started with my first work placement on the BBC Food and Drink Show in 2001. Moving from a small village in Scotland to Central London and working with celebrities was an experience I will never forget. Eventually my career took off in a different direction and my joy for traditional Scottish cooking became a hobby.
In 2015 my son asked me if I would bake and have a stall at his local school fete. He was keen to be behind a market stall selling goods. I agreed, and we decided to make Clootie dumplings with our family’s traditional recipe. The aroma of sugar and spice and the laughter from my children brought back many fond memories of my own childhood.
From that moment on, my inspiration, desire and passion for traditional Scottish cooking was ignited and a business was born.
Cloot is the Scottish word for Cloth As traditional as haggis, porridge or Oor Wullie, a Clootie dumpling is a Scottish fruit pudding that is cooked in a unique way. Most people only have a distant memory of their mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother spending hours creating this delicious pudding.
Due to time constraints today, few people have the time available to practice the art of Clootie making.
All ingredients, once mixed to the perfect consistency are placed in a freshly boiled Cloot (cloth) that has been sprinkled generously with flour and the mixture is shaped into a ball. The flour is what forms the delicious "skin" around the outside of the Clootie dumpling. Once the Cloot has been tied, the Clootie dumpling is carefully placed in a large pot of boiling water.
The clatter and bubble of a Clootie pudding in a pan can warm a person faster than any radiator. It fills the kitchen with a warm aroma of sugar and spice.
Please take a look at our Shop page for details on purchasing our delicious Clootie Dumplings.
Suggestions on ways to enjoy
After the pudding has been boiled for around three to four hours, the dumpling is then lifted from the pot and the Cloot is carefully removed to reveal the tasty pudding. The Clootie dumpling is then finished off in a warm oven to dry the outside and enhance the distinctive skin. Traditionally the Clootie dumpling would have been dried in front of an open fire.
Clootie dumpling is usually eaten with hot steaming custard and is also delicious served with cream or ice cream. It is also perfect to eat on its own and if there's any left over, there's nothing better than a little slice fried up the next day as part of a hearty Scottish breakfast!
Clootie dumpling is extremely versatile. Clootie dumpling is perfect on its own hot ( microwave for a minute ) or cold. It can also be eaten as a sweet option with melted butter, ice cream, custard or fruit preserve.
As a savoury option, Clootie dumpling can be eaten fried as part of a Scottish Breakfast.
Please take a look at our Shop page for info on some unique Clootie Dumplings with a twist!
See what the members of our Clootie Clan
...have to say about our dumplings
I have tried both the traditional recipe and one of the "new" flavours, in this case chocolate orange. Both were packed with delicious fruits and spices, and when eaten warm with cream or custard, tasted rich and decadent, especially the chocolate orange! I equally enjoyed eating them cold with a a cuppa. Packaging and presentation lovely. A great blend of traditional with a modern twist. Made an extremely attractive present, and just that bit different from the usual chocolates or wine! With tartan trimmings, they could make a welcome alternative to the usual "gifts from Scotland".
Finally got to taste the traditional Clootie Dumpling tonight and it was sheer delight. The texture and flavours were sublime, even dad had to admit it was the best dumpling he had EVER tasted and he's renowned for being hard to please. The personal service recieved from Michelle was outstanding. I especially loved the tartan cloot (cloth) it came wrapped in - what a lovely touch! I'll certainly be buying some of the other favours for Christmas presents (and of course to sample myself).
Dear Michelle, Many thanks for all your efforts to make my friend Beth's birthday a step above. From turning out a delicious gluten and dairy free Clootie McToot dumpling to getting it to the USA in perfect timing for our celebration! She was so surprised and we totally enjoyed the awesome treat. Again, thank you for all your effort and the outstanding product you produced.
I got two dumplings at the good food show in Glasgow, the traditional one reminds me of the one’s my granny used to make, delicious. Still have the rhubarb and ginger one to try.
We had a traditional dumpling made by Michelle at Christmas time. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I've found a new favourite though...baileys and chocolate orange. It smells amazing and tastes just as good! Not overly sweet it's the ideal partner sliced, heated and eaten with a cup of tea.
The best dumpling I've ever tasted , rhubarb and ginger is awesome ,well done ,I'll be trying the whole range.
I have had the pleasure of trying Michelle's 2 new Clootie Dumpling recipes:- Rhubarb & Ginger and also Pear & Apple. As I had ordered the Rhubarb & Ginger for family gifts and also as a treat for ourselves - Michelle vacuum packed the clooties and packaged them up with lovely cloth, added a tag which included listing of ingredients and heating/storing instructions and also tartan ribbon. These extra details were very helpful to ourselves and family. What a delight they are! Lovely mixture of the Rhubarb & Ginger mixed together along with all of the other ingredients, the flavours are fantastic and they are so moist. Michelle had added a few samples of Pear & Apple in with my order - they were delightful too and I could really taste cinnamon within it, which I love. Well done Michelle, hope all goes well xx
I had to write and let you know how lovely your Clootie McToot dumpling was. It remained moist in its air tight bag all the way home. It was so rich and full of fruit, please let me know when you are taking orders as I would like to let my friends try some, they would make great unusual gifts. A very satisfied customer.
After discovering this business recently I thought it would be the perfect gift for my dad for Fathers Day. He grew up enjoying his Aunt Jeanies clootie dumpling so knew to order the traditional flavour for him. His eyes lit up on opening, it didn't last long and no one else even stood a chance to get a taste. Michelle replied to my enquiry very quickly and dumpling was ready for collection shortly after. Loved how they come presented too.
Sarah Jane Tainsh Perth
I have had the delight of sampling all the dumplings Clootie McToot have to offer. Each and everyone is absolutely scrumpcious! Michelle manages to delicately balance the subtle flavours and textures to produce beautiful puddings. All the ingredients are the best to hand, gathered from local suppliers, and I think it makes all the difference to the taste. A mouthful or two at the end of a meal or as a daytime cup of tea treat leaves both mind and soul satisfied. My personal favourite is a warm, chocolate orange dumpling, with a feshly ground cup of coffee. Heavenly...