Spotted Dick

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 6
Steam a traditional fruity sponge pudding with suet, citrus zest and currants then serve in thick slices with hot custard

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal462
  • fat19.9g
  • saturates11.2g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars34.5g
  • fibre2.7g
  • protein5.4g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 125g shredded suet
  • 180g currant
  • 80g caster sugar
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



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  • finely grated zest 1 small orange



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  • 150ml whole milk, plus 2-3 tbsp
  • custard, to serve


  1. Put the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the suet, currants, sugar, lemon and orange zest.

  2. Pour in 150ml milk and mix to a firm but moist dough, adding the extra milk if necessary.

  3. Shape into a fat roll about 20cm long. Place on a large rectangle of baking parchment. Wrap loosely to allow for the pudding to rise and tie the ends with string like a Christmas cracker.

  4. Place a steamer over a large pan of boiling water, add the pudding to the steamer, cover and steam for 1 1/2 hours. Top up the pan with water from time to time.

  5. Remove from the steamer and allow to cool slightly before unwrapping. Serve sliced with custard.

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Comments (10)

Kwrheault's picture

I have single serve molds which are 6.35 cm deep. They are metal in a 3d shape of a rabbit in a prone position. Would they be suitable as a novel way to mold spotted dick?

jonnyzap's picture

This was very nice.
I used vegetable fat(shortening) because I couldn't get suet
I used a 2 pint pudding bowl (left out two large tablespoons of mixture)
Steamed for 2hr 5mins on a large gas ring set to it's lowest heat.

Daisy@Cheaperseeker's picture

Love it!But a little lazy to make it,haha

stupotran's picture

Can this be done in the slow cooker?, I recently did the Treacle sponge & it turned out great.

dee000's picture

pannic over didn't read properly used parchment paper lol just hope putting it in my regular 3 tier steamer is suffice :)

dee000's picture

need a quick answer if anyone about can I wrap in tinfoil ??

bombleswizzum's picture

Very nice indeed! brought back memories.

vivaves's picture

This is similar to a spotted dick recipe passed down through the generations in my family, except for the citrus zest. I tend to use sultanas instead of currants, which I find a bit too strongly flavoured. I don't use quite as much sugar, since the dried fruit is plenty sweet enough. I mix enough milk in (although our recipe states you could use just water instead) to produce a stiff cake mix consistency, and steam it in a buttered pudding basin for 1 and a half hours. Custard is definitely compulsory! It's a wonderfully comforting winter pudding, and very economical.

pennymiller's picture

This my all time favourite desert my mum used to make it in the 70's and this is a good one.

Questions (3)

Kwrheault's picture

Can spotted dick be successfully made in single serve baking pans that are decorative. I have 3d rabbit shaped mold and am wondering if the details will show up. Also need to know how long to steam single servings. Thank you.

goodfoodteam's picture

Hello. Because of the currants and coarse texture of this pudding we are not sure that you will get a lot of detail showing up to be honest, plus you are going to slightly alter the nature of the pudding as it isn't usually steamed inside a container, it is rolled and wrapped in baking parchment or muslin. Not knowing the size of your moulds it is hard to estimate at a timing to steam them, at a guess we would say 35 mins. You will need to make sure they are fully sealed with baking parchment and foil to prevent water getting into them. If you are making these for a special event, it would be worth doing a trial run, for a Sunday lunch perhaps, to see how well they work and how many you get from a quantity of mixture.

Kwrheault's picture

I have 3d metal rabbit molds...diamensions 11.43cm X 6.35cm X 5.08cm deep. Could I use them to make Spoted Dick successfully amd how long would I need to steam them. Thanks

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