Recipes from England: Spotted Dick

Recipes from England

Spotted Dick

Country: England
Course: Desserts
Makes: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 cup mixed currants and golden raisins
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold finely chopped rendered beef suet (or substitute butter)
  • 8 tbsp whole milk
  • Custard sauce


  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Transfer to a food processor and add the suet or butter. Pulse until you get fine breadcrumbs. Now transfer to a large bowl and slowly add the milk, stirring until well-mixed. Knead until you get a slightly sticky dough.
  2. Mix the fruit and zest into the dough and shape into a ball.
  3. Transfer to a buttered pudding mold.
  4. Now butter a piece of waxed paper and put that on top of the cake, butter side down. Put a piece of heavy foil over that, crimping tightly to seal.
  5. Put the pudding mold into an electric steamer. Steam for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (adding more water if needed) or until the cake has risen and is cooked through.
  6. When the cake is done steaming, transfer it to a wire rack and let cool for five minutes, then transfer to a plate. Serve with the custard sauce.