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Spotted Dick is a steamed suet pudding usually made with dried currants, hence the “spotted” part of the name, which is traditionally served with custard. Why it is called “Spotted Dick” is not exactly clear. There is a similar pudding called Spotted Dog which is made using plums rather than currants but it would seem unlikely that Dick is a corruption of dog.

Another explanation offered for the word "Dick" is that it comes from a German word. So perhaps the original recipe may have originated in Germany where the word “Dick” means “Thick” hence a "thick currant (or spotted) pudding" shortened to "Spotted Dick". Perhaps.

At different times Hospital managers at Gloucestershire NHS Trust and the catering staff at Flintshire County Council renamed the pudding "Spotted Richard" on menus because they regraded the use of "Dick" as offensive . . . bureaucracy gone mad!

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Ingredients for Spotted Dick

100g / 4oz Self Raising Flour
A pinch of Salt
75g / 3oz Shredded Suet
75g / 3oz Fresh Breadcrumbs
50g / 2oz Caster Sugar
175g / 6oz Currants
Grated rind of 1 Lemon
Approx. 5 tbsp Milk

How to make Spotted Dick
  • Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Make a well in the centre of the mixture then gradually add the milk to form a soft dough.
  • Knead lightly until smooth.

  • Turn onto a floured surface and roll out to an oblong about 22 x 28cm or 9 x 11

  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil.

  • Make a pleat in a large sheet of greaseproof paper or a clean tea towel, to allow for expansion, wrap the pudding loosely, tying each end with string (like an Xmas cracker).
  • Steam or boil for 2 hours.
  • Serve your Spotted Dick hot with custard

Serves 4


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