|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||30%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||56%|
|Total Carbohydrate 55g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|*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, you can replace it with butter.
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, mix the raisins, currants, sugar, and lemon zest.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the suet and the salt; rub together to combine.
Add a little bit of the milk. Using a knife, cut in the suet, adding more milk little by little until the mixture comes together.
Use your hands to combine the mixture into a soft, elastic dough. Add more milk if necessary.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle about 8 by 12 inches.
Evenly spread the pudding filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Using a pastry brush, cover the edges of the dough with a little cold water.
Starting with the narrow end, carefully roll up the 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 the napkin around the pudding, twisting at each end; secure the ends with kitchen string.
Place the pudding roll in a steamer and steam for 2 hours.
Alternatively, wrap the pudding suet roll in foil and bake in a hot oven (400 F/200 C/Gas 6) 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 this strangely named 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.