Step by Step Spotted Dick Pudding Recipe

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    4 Steps to Making a Classic Spotted Dick.

    Spotted Dick Pudding. Elaine Lemm

     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.

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    Step 1 - Roll Out the Dough

    Spotted Dick Recipe
    Rub together the ingredients. RFB Photography

    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

    Ist Step in Making a Spotted Dick

    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.

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    Step 2 - Roll Out the Dough

    Spotted Dick Recipe
    Roll out the dough. RFB Photography
    Place 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.
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    Step 3 - The Filling

    Add the filling. RFB Photography

    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 Currants
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    Step 4 - Wrap and Cook the Spotted Dick

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    Wrap and cook. RFB Photography

    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.

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    Serve with Lashings of Custard

    Spotted Dick Recipe
    Serve with lashings of custard. RFB Photography

    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.