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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to make Spotted Dick
/ 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
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.
lightly until smooth.
onto a floured surface and roll out to an oblong about
22 x 28cm or 9 x 11
a large pan of water to the boil.
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).
or boil for 2 hours.
your Spotted Dick hot with custard