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British Spotted Dick Recipe

British Spotted Dick Recipe

Spotted Dick is a British steamed pudding containing raisins and served with custard. It is served as a dessert after a meal in Great Britain, and is particularly popular in the Winter. Spotted dick is a steamed cake, so it is very moist with a dense texture.

The dough of spotted dick is made with suet (animal fat) usually from beef or lamb. This gives the pudding a richness without a meaty flavour.

Origin & Cultural Significance

The origins of spotted dick can be traced back to the 19th century when steamed puddings were a staple of British cuisine.

The term ‘dick’ is believed to be a colloquialism referring to pudding or dough. The ‘spots’ come from the addition of currants or raisins to the dough, which creates the dessert’s distinctive speckled appearance.

Spotted dick was a popular choice during times of war rationing due to its simple, easily sourced ingredients. 

A similar dish named Clootie Dumpling is made in Scotland, made with dried fruits, spices and suet.

Spotted dick with custard

British Spotted Dick Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Spotted Dick is a British steamed pudding containing raisins and served with custard. 


  • Self-rising flour - 1 1/2 cups
  • Shredded suet - 1/2 cup
  • Granulated sugar - 1/3 cup
  • Currants or raisins - 1/3 cup
  • Milk - 2/3 cup
  • Salt - pinch
  • Lemon (zest) - 1
  • Butter - for greasing
  • Custard powder - 2 tbsp
  • Granulated sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Whole milk - 2 cups


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour, shredded suet, granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, currants or raisins, and lemon zest.
  2. Gradually add the milk, mixing until you have a soft, sticky dough.
  3. Grease a pudding basin with butter and spoon the dough into it.
  4. Cover the basin with a double layer of parchment paper or foil, securing it with string.
  5. Steam the pudding for about 2 hours. Ensure the water level in the steamer is topped up as needed.
  6. While the pudding steams, prepare the custard by mixing custard powder and granulated sugar in a saucepan, then gradually adding the whole milk. Heat gently, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens.
  7. Once steamed, remove the pudding from the basin, slice, and serve with warm custard.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 512Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 42gProtein: 8g

Nutrition is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. It is for general information purposes and is only a rough estimation.

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