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Spotted Dick

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

Serves 4

This classic English dessert with a very silly name, has a fond place in many an Englishman’s heart, most of the time it is nostalgia about pretty bad school lunches, but don’t blame the spotted dick for that, with a good recipe and some love and attention, spotted dick is one of the most comforting and welcoming desserts you could possibly make.

Spotted dick is a steamed pudding full of raisins and currents; the spotted refers to the dried fruit. This yummy dessert is very satisfying on a cold winter’s day and is a perfect family treat for after dinner, or if you are by yourself and need some cheering up, spotted dick with lots of custard will do the trick.


  • 75g self raising flour
  • 75g suet
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 70g raisins
  • 70g currents
  • 60g sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 lemon, zest only


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together including the lemon zest; add milk to make a soft dough.
  2. Pour the mixture into a pudding basin and cover with a double layer of grease proof paper. Tie with a string, leaving enough room for the spotted dick to expand.
  3. Place the basin in a steamer and cook for  1 ½ hours.
  4. Turn out onto a dish and serve with custard. 

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