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
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