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Traditional English Recipe - Spotted Dick

The name unfortunately causes great hilarity in some quarters, but really it's a traditional English pudding enjoyed by many people in the UK. Usually served with custard.


8 oz. self raising flour
1/8 teaspoon of salt
6 oz. of shredded suet
6 oz. of white-bread breadcrumbs
4 oz. caster sugar
4 oz. combined sultanas, raisins, currants
1 lemon rind, grated or zested
5 to 10 tablespoons of milk


  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, suet, dried fruit, breadcrumbs, and grated lemon.
  2. Keep mixing with a fork and add a little milk at a time until everything is sticking together.
  3. Knead until a slightly sticky dough is formed.
  4. Roll the dough into a cylinder (it should still be slightly sticky).
  5. Wrap in a single layer of foil, brushed with butter (or a double thickness of grease proof paper), and seal.
  6. Steam the dough for 1½ - 2 hours.


To knead: To work a dough by hand, using a folding-back and pressing-forward motion.

To mix: To beat or stir foods together until they are combined.

To steam : to cook food in the steam rising from boiling water.

To wrap: To encase food in something.

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