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Seasonal Recipe Spotted Dick By Dave Hunter, Head Chef

01 October 2012

Spotted dick is a British steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit commonly served with custard. Try as a lighter alternative to Christmas pudding.

Ingredients (makes 1)

225g self raising flour
105g fresh white breadcrumbs
135g prepared suet mix
110g caster sugar
300ml milk
2 eggs
Finely grated rind and juice of one lemon
Finely grated rind and juice of one orange
45g cup raisins
45g cup semi dried sour cherries
45g cup currants
45g cup golden sultanas
45g tablespoons dried blueberries
2 tablespoons mixed peel
½ cup (175g) golden syrup, plus extra to serve

Preparation Method

1 Grease and line the base of a 5 cupcapacity pudding basin. Sift flour into a large bowl and mix with breadcrumbs, suet mix and sugar. Combine dried fruits and mixed peel in a separate bowl and add 1 cup to flour mixture, reserving remaining fruit. Add lemon and orange rind and juices and mix to combine.

2 Whisk together eggs and milk in a separate bowl or jug. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

3 Pour fruit into base of prepared basin and pour over golden syrup. Spoon pudding mixture into basin. Make a pleat in centre of a sheet of baking paper and a sheet of foil, to allow for expansion during steaming. Cover basin with paper, then foil and secure with kitchen string. Alternately, use the pudding lid to seal.

4 Place an upturned heatproof saucer in base of a large saucepan as a trivet. Place pudding basin on trivet. Pour enough water into pan to come halfway up side of basin. Cover. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low. Steam, covered, for 2 hrs, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove basin from pan and cool for 15 mins. Enjoy!

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