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4 Steps to Making a Classic Spotted Dick.
What is a Spotted Dick?
Puddings have been the backbone of British food for centuries, even the French extol their virtues - sacre bleu. The lightest of puddings may have the diet police screaming arrest, but if the meal is balanced - a light starter, and not too many carbs with main course - there's always room for a delicious pud.
One of the favorites, and one will will usually raise a smile in the classic British pudding of Spotted Dick - the spotted part refers to the raisins and currants in the dough and the word dick' is a colloquial word for pudding. It is also sometimes referred to as Spotted Dog for those of a more delicate constitution.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Step 1 - Roll Out the Dough
115g (4oz) raisins
55g (2oz) currants
75g (3oz) dark-brown sugar
Grated zest of half lemon
225g (8oz) self-raising flour plus extra for dusting
115g (4oz) shredded suet
Pinch of salt
55ml (2 fl oz) milk
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Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl; add the suet and the salt and rub together to combine.
Add a little milk and using a knife cut through the mixture, adding more milk little by little until it comes together.
Finally use your hands to combine into a soft, elastic dough. Add more milk if necessary.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Step 2 - Roll Out the DoughPlace the dough on a lightly floured surface and lightly roll into a rectangle approx 20cm x 30cm (8 x 12 inches) as you can see in the picture.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Step 3 - The Filling
In a small bowl mix the raisins, currants, sugar and lemon rind for the Spotted Dick filling.
Evenly spread the filling mixture over the rolled out dough dough leaving a 1cm/ 1/2 " border. Paint the border with a little cold water, then carefully roll up from the narrow end to form a kind of lose sausage shape.Note: The Difference Between Raisins and Sultanas and CurrantsContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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Step 4 - Wrap and Cook the Spotted Dick
Before you wrap the Spotted Dick, check that the tea towel or cloth has no residual smell of washing detergent etc. If so, discard and use a fresh cloth then soak the clean tea towel or cloth napkin in boiling water for a few minutes, squeeze to remove excess water.
Wrap the suet roll in the napkin twisting at each end at securing with kitchen string.
Steam the roll for 2 hours in a steamer. Alternatively, wrap the suet roll in foil and bake in a hot oven (200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6) for 1 hour 30 mins.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Serve with Lashings of Custard
Unwrap the Spotted Dick immediately it is cooked making sure to handle it gently, it will be quite soft from the steaming. Cut the roll into thick slices and serve in warmed bowls with lashings of Custard Sauce. Custard, the perfect partner for a Spotted Dick and is so easy to make - just look at the custard recipe and you will see there is no need to ever buy a jar or packet again.
NOTE: Don't be confused by pastry cream which is a similar recipe to custard sauce. Pastry cream is much thicker and is used in patisserie making, it is not a pouring sauce like custard.