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Classic homemade Spotted Dick

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Ingredients

250 g Self-raising flour
125 g Suet
90 g Caster sugar
125 g Sultanas
1/2 Lemon zest

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Classic homemade Spotted Dick

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    Classic homemade Spotted Dick

    This is a very classic homemade Spotted Dick. It is a traditional nursery/ school pudding that goes extremely well with custard. Mentioned in ‘The Modern Housewife by Alexis Soyer in 1849, I can’t find any earlier reference to it. A great deal of mirth is derived from it’s name, but narrowing down it’s origins is not so easy. Obviously ‘spotted’ is from the dried fruit, however ‘dick’ is a harder word to track down. It may very well be a corruption of the word ‘dough’ or as another word for pudding! It very easy to make and an excellent winter pudding served with a vanilla custard. Cream or ice cream do not make good bed fellows with this pudding, in my opinion.

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    Steps

    1
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    Sift the self-raising flour into a bowl.
    Into this add the caster sugar.

    2
    Done

    Add the suet to the mixture followed by the lemon zest.

    3
    Done

    Add the sultanas followed by just enough water to reach a stiff dropping consistency when mixed together.

    4
    Done

    Put the mixture into a pudding bowl - I like to place in a disk of grease proof paper to aid in extraction after cooking.
    Drop in the mixture and level out with the back of a spoon.
    Pleat a square of grease proof paper and place over the bowl, followed by a sheet of tin foil. Scrunch the foil up underneath the lid so it is nice and tight.

    5
    Done
    1 hour 30 minutes.

    Place the bowl foil side up into the steamer and steam for about an hour and a half, or until springy when touched.
    Run a palette knife around the edge of the pudding and invert onto a plate.
    Serve warm with custard.

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