|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50%|
|Total Carbohydrate 58g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Puddings are the backbone of British food; they can be sweet or savory and are often cooked by steaming. One steamed pudding recipe that is most familiar is the spotted dick. The name of this classic English pudding will usually bring about a smile or a look of abject horror, which is why some prefer to use the lesser-known title of “spotted dog pudding," but it doesn't quite sound the same.
Spotted dick is the perfect pudding for a treat on a cold winter's day, filled with the comforting flavors of raisins, currants, and brown sugar; the lemon zest adds an unexpected brightness. This traditional recipe calls for suet, which is the fat that surrounds beef kidneys, giving this dessert a rich taste. If you can't find suet, replace it with butter.
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup currants
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
8 ounces self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
4 ounces shredded suet
Pinch kosher salt
2 ounces milk
Custard sauce, for serving, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, mix raisins, currants, sugar, and lemon zest.
Sift flour into a large mixing bowl and add suet and salt; mix together to combine.
Add a little bit of the milk. Using a knife, cut in suet, adding more milk little by little until mixture comes together.
Use hands to combine mixture into a soft, elastic dough. Add more milk if necessary.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle about 8 by 12 inches.
Evenly spread pudding filling mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Using a pastry brush, cover edges of dough with some cold water.
Starting with the narrow end, carefully roll up dough.
Soak a clean tea towel or cloth napkin in boiling water for a few minutes. Using tongs, squeeze to remove excess water. (Be careful doing this.) Wrap napkin around pudding, twisting at each end; secure ends with kitchen string.
Place pudding roll in a steamer and steam for 2 hours.
Alternatively, wrap pudding suet roll in foil and bake in a hot oven (400 F) for 1 hour 30 mins.
Unwrap immediately and cut into thick slices.
Serve drizzled with custard sauce, if desired, and enjoy.
Where Does Spotted Dick Get Its Name?
When it comes to the name of this dish, it is the second word that makes people scratch their heads. "Spotted," simply enough, refers to the raisins and currants in the dough. The word "dick" originates from the first word for pudding, a "puddick" or "puddog." The term was shortened to "dick" and became the common name for this dessert.