Spotted dick

Spotted dick

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(17 ratings)

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



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • finely grated zest 1 small orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 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 1½ 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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14th Dec, 2019
This is an easy recipe and very tasty.
chris210's picture
24th Jan, 2019
1 1/2 hours in a pressure cooker (instant pot) to get this cooked. I added some mixed spice to get the flavour going and in the end got a very creamy pudding. The egg version is faster to cook, but maybe less creamy?
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Darren Jones
18th Mar, 2018
I made this in a pudding bowl. It was great and nothing like the spotted dick I had at school in my youth.
chris210's picture
24th Jan, 2019
All spotted dick is made in a pudding bowl in my house!
3rd Nov, 2015
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?
1st Jun, 2015
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
23rd Apr, 2014
Love it!But a little lazy to make it,haha
stupotran's picture
11th Oct, 2013
Can this be done in the slow cooker?, I recently did the Treacle sponge & it turned out great.
chris210's picture
24th Jan, 2019
I think you answered your own question!
13th Jan, 2013
pannic over didn't read properly used parchment paper lol just hope putting it in my regular 3 tier steamer is suffice :)


19th Feb, 2020
Can this be cooked without a steamer please?
CassieBest's picture
23rd Feb, 2020
Hi karengould, Yes, you can follow a method for a steamed pudding, where you place the pudding basin on a trivet in a pan, with a little simmering water at the bottom. Just be careful you don't get any water in the basin. I hope this helps, Cassie (Senior Food Editor, BBC Good Food)
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Kathy Minto
7th Jan, 2020
Can you freeze steamed spotted dick.
lulu_grimes's picture
9th Jan, 2020
Hello Kathy, Yes you could, reheat it gently to serve.
4th Nov, 2015
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
19th Nov, 2015
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.
3rd Nov, 2015
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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