Some puddings are traditionally boiled in a cloth, particularly puddings made with suet such as Christmas puddings or Jam Roly Poly.
These instructions for preparing a pudding cloth are from a recipe for boiled Christmas pudding published in the Australian Womens’ Weekly
- Use a 60cm square of unbleached calico. If calico is new, soak in cold water overnight. Next day, boil calico for 20 minutes, rinse.
- Have a large boiler ¾ full of rapidly boiling water, 2.5 metres of string and the extra flour close by.
- Wearing rubber gloves, dip the prepared pudding cloth into boiling water and boil 1 minute.
- Remove cloth from water, squeeze excess water from cloth.
- Working quickly, spread hot cloth on bench, rub flour into the centre of the cloth to cover an area about 40cm in diameter
- Leave flour a little thicker in the centre of cloth where the ‘skin’ on the pudding will need to be thickest.
Recipe for Jam Roly Poly
Recipe for Rich Boiled Christmas Pudding