Clootie Dumplings

Clootie Dumplings

4 oz shredded suet or margarine
8 oz flour
4 oz oatmeal
3 oz sugar
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
8 oz mixed sultanas and currants

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
one tablespoon golden syrup
2 eggs
3-4 tablespoons butter milk or sour milk

Rub fat into sifted flour, then add all the other dry ingredients.
Make a hole in the center and add the syrup and beaten eggs and
stir well. Add enough buttermilk or sour milk to make a soft but
firm batter. If using a pudding cloth dip it first into boiling
water then flour it well before adding the pudding mixture. Tie
up, but allow a good space for expansion. Put a saucer or plate
in bottom of pan. Boil for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Can be put into a
greased pudding basin instead of cloth