Cooking: Spotted Dick Pudding with Custard A strange named English Favourite
Spotted Dick Pudding
Puddings and Cakes.
Now I know what this sounds like, but bear with me! We English tend to have a funny sense of humour when it comes to food! believe it or not, spotted dick pudding is delicious! Yes I know it sounds like a tropical spotty thing, but please curb your somewhat imaginative minds and take notice please!
The reason why it is called spotted is because it is, well, spotted. This is because it is full of fruit, like currants and sultana's.The reason why it is called dick is because well, er, ha ha got you there! It is because they believe it comes from the German word dicht, which means thick. There. You got your explanation so please turn your minds to the cooking now! Thanks!
Evidently it is a very old recipe, first noticed in 1850 in the book The modern housewife. I have enjoyed this pudding ever since I was a school. I couldn't bare most of the school dinner's, but I always looked forward to a bit of spotted dick pudding for afters. Ha.
Just Cooked Spotted Dick
Making Spotted Dick
There are quite a few different ingredients that you add to your pudding, but here I will show you how to make the basic spotted dick pudding.
100g/4 oz of Self Raising Flour. some people prefer to use plain flour but I always use self raising because it seems to work better.
A small pinch of salt
75g/ 3oz Breadcrumbs
75g/ 3oz Shredded Suet. I always use Atora as it has the best consistency
50g/ 2oz caster sugar, but if you don't have any, regular sugar is fine
175g/ 6oz currants or sultanas. You can also add cherries or any other cut up fruit that you wish to add. I often use apple as it gives it a nice tangy taste.
Grated rind of one Lemon. Once again it is entirely up to you if you wish to add this, all depending on the fruit that you have added.
And last but not least 5 tsps of milk
Spotted Dick with Custard
How To Make Spotted Dick
This is really easy, in fact it probably is one of the most simple foods to make. To start, just mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and keep mixing until they are bound together.
When the mixture is ready, make a small dent in the middle and pour in the milk. Then mix together until it forms a smooth dough.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it until it is smooth.
Sprinkle flour onto a smooth surface and, taking your rolling pin, roll it out until it is approx 9ins by 11ins.
Now boil a large pan of water.
When the water has boiled, place the pudding inside a clean towel, allowing for expansion, or use greaseproof paper, and place the pudding in a steamer or you can actually boil it in the water. The best method is to use a big pan for the water, and place the pudding, wrapped, inside a smaller bowl so that it doesn't get too wet. Place the bowl in the pan and cover.
Keep an eye on it! I know this sounds obvious, but believe me when I say, if it boils dry it can do all manner of strange things! Like explode! Trust me, my mother has done this in the past!
Make sure you cook it for approx two hours.
When it has finished cooking, remove it from the pan and leave for a few moments. otherwise you can burn yourself on the cloth! Done that too! Um!
Then just remove from the cloth and serve. And don't forget to add loads of yummy custard!
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