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Royal Dessert - Spotted Dick Anyone?

Updated on January 21, 2014
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Would you like to have some spotted dick? Okay, before you trash my hub, let me tell you there is nothing obscene about my hub and I guarantee that after reading my hub, you’ll be interested to try and eat some spotted dicks.

I love spotted dick!
I love spotted dick! | Source


Spotted dick is actually a British dessert. I found out about it when I was in England many years ago, glancing at the menu in one of the restaurants in London. I was laughing and telling my friend, “What the heck is a spotted dick?” So, we asked the server about it, but it was kind of hard for us to understand his thick British accent. Amused, we ordered anyway and that was our first taste of that yummy spotted dick.


The famous Royal Dessert


Spotted dick is a famous royal dessert. It is a kind of pudding that contains dried fruit, usually currants or raisins. It can be eaten just like any other desserts or served with custard. But why of all names, they called it Spotted Dick? Of course, if you are not English, you would wonder about the name.


This famous British dessert is a steamed suet pudding studded with currants or raisins and if you would imagine, the currants or the raisins mixed with some dough will create and leave spotted marks and appearance and thus, “spotted” but what about the word “dick”?


Dick amongst its various slang definitions could mean, a detective, a jerk, a mean person or a penis. So why would the British call their antediluvian dessert, “spotted dick” of all names?


Accordingly, “dick” may have been a contraction of the word pudding-note the last syllable, ding. Another source, indicated that the word ‘dick” originated from a German word for “thick” or “dick”.

Yummy-licious Spotted Dick is Thick!
Yummy-licious Spotted Dick is Thick! | Source

Why dick of all names?

In the early days of the 1800 eras, “dick” was used to describe some kind of a hard cheese and when treacle sauce was added into it, it was then named “treacle dick” and so, when currants or raisins were added, it created that spotty looks and hence, the “spotted dick” was born.

The name may sound silly and ugly but spotted dick is sweet and yummy. It is basically made of eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, milk and currant or raisins. They used special kind of raisins called golden raisins and not just regular raisins, which gives the pudding a quite intense flavor.

Here's a quick way to make it. ~

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Wet and Creamy Spotted Dick
Wet and Creamy Spotted Dick | Source

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    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha..ha...Joe! "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" And, kosher too! Lol!

      That's very creative of you to even think of that old AD. Salute to your retentiveness!

      Thank you for the flashback and for coming back here.

      Cheers!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hey, Cris!

      I couldn't resist sharing this thought with you. Remember those hilarious Grey Poupon ads from yesteryear? Wouldn't it be a gas if the ad agencies could come up with new ads combining both products?

      For example...

      A distinguished, sophisticated James Bond type at a posh dinner asks the waitress:

      "Pardon me, Miss. Would you happen to have some Grey Poupon for this spotted dick?"

      Would make for a great Super Bowl commercial! Blimey!

      Looking up with love from the ground!

      ~Joe

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      That is awesome Joe! Thank you so very much for that wonderful gesture of voting this as "funniest hub" and I'm glad it has put a smile on your face. Can you imagine me asking my passenger, "would you like to have some spotted dick?" and you bet, I surely can say that in a serious Brit accent! Lol! It'll be hilarious to see their faces and say "what"?

      I'm so behind with HP...gotta go check the voting page! Thanks again my hawaiianodysseus!

      Love from the sky~

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I should like to try this sometime...that is, if I can keep from choking on it due to laughing seizures!

      In the current Hubbie Awards, I voted this as Funniest Hub. Just looking at that one photo of Ye Royal Spotted Dick renders my tongue from the cheek I was trying so hard to keep it in. (That didn't come across clearly, but I think you know what I mean.)

      Thanks, Cris, for getting my weekend off to a rollickin' start! Aloha, my dear friend!

      ~Joe

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Levertis Steele: Thank you for the most enjoyable comment. Pleased to meet you here.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Your Cousins: I promise, it is yummy! Just forget the name! Lol! Thanks for stopping by.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: Ha..ha...ha..Sha! Literally laughing at your comments. What do I say now, eh? Well, thank you. Always good to see you.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dannytaylor02: You think? Anyway, thank you for your time reading and commenting.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! Susan, thank you for stopping by my kitchen! Pudding it is! :)

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      Levertis Steele 

      4 years ago from Southern Clime

      You did a great job of defending this dessert's name. If it had not been shaped the way it was, I would have considered the naming to be innocent. Yes, it is curved, but maybe we can say that it is deformed?

      The shape of the dessert makes me wonder, but after seeing your picture of it sliced, it looks delicious--only sliced! I just have a problem separating the whole dessert from what it is and what it appears to suggest.

      This hub takes the cake for hilarious. :D

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      Your Cousins 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Seeing that big thing on the plate was kinda scary. But I'd be willing to try it, at least once.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Cris, I hate to tell you, but in it's uncut form it looks exactly the way it sounds! Gigantic, yes but nonetheless..... :-)

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      Daniel Nathan Taylor 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom, Liverpool

      inuendooo :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Had to come and see what the heck this was :) It sounds delicious once you get past the name. If I were ever to make it I think I'd tell people it's a pudding :)

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! I know, eh...what a name to call a scrumptious dessert. Thanks for dropping by loveofnight. Appreciate it.

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      loveofnight 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Although I am not excited about the name I do like to try new things. This will probably be one of my many must try.Thanks for the share.

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      CrisSp 

      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Johanna, it is indeed yummy especially if it is homemade. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment-appreciate that. Cheers to a sweet life!

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Looks yummy... the Dutch also do a boiled pudding with fruit in a bag... with custard... it has got to be good!!!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure den and thank you for passing by my hub. The descriptions were creatively worded to attract readers with creative mind like you. Cheers!

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      den 

      6 years ago

      at least the next time i see this in the menu i wont wonder n put double meaning on it..but the photos are kinda insinuating, and the description- thick dick, wet and creamy. well its just a British Pudding! thanks for the info.

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      DeviousOne 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Try it out.

      "You can get it at the local..." and leave it at that.

      Let their minds wonder.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahaha@DeviousOne! Funny quote! CrisSp, maybe we can try making one.

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      DeviousOne 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hahaha perhaps I'll try it one day, but I won't say it out loud to my friends... "Guess what I had last night to eat?"

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for stopping by and for following me DeviousOne. Glad you found it funny. I guess, it is indeed, sky is the limit when it comes to people's creativity. As I said, except for the special chosen name for this dessert, it is really yummy. They sell it pre-packed now a days, in tin. If you're curious to try it. Cheers!

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      DeviousOne 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Makes me wonder if these people were looking to make a job with the creation of such meals or just looking to try something extremely different. Funny hub.

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