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Video:How to Make Spotted Dick Pudding

with Elaine Lemm

One of Britain's best loved puddings is spotted dick. Watch this how-to video from About.com to see instructions for making delicious this classic at home.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make Spotted Dick Pudding

Hi, I'm Elaine Lemm for the British and Irish food site and today I am going to show you how to make classic, British steamed pudding called Spotted Dick.

Now I know the name does raise a few eyebrows but let me assure you it's quite straightforward, it's suet pastry with a lovely filling of mixed dried fruits, lemon and sugar.

Ingredients for Making Spotted Dick Pudding

  • 115g / 4oz raisins
  • 55g / 2oz currants
  • 75g /3oz dark brown sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 225g / 8oz self-raising flour plus extra for dusting
  • 115g /4oz shredded suet
  • Pinch of salt
  • 55ml /2 fl oz milk

Instructions for Making Spotted Dick Pudding

To start the Spotted Dick pudding I've mixed together the currants, the raisins, the brown sugar and the lemon zest. Into a large mixing bowl I've going to sieve the self-raising flour. Into there goes the suet and a good pinch of salt and using my fingertips I'm going to rub the flour into the suet.

Once all that's mixed together, just add a little of the milk and using a knife we're just going to mix this together, then you'll need to use your fingertips to bring the dough together into a ball.

More Instructions for Making Spotted Dick Pudding

And now we need to roll it out. Some flour onto a surface, then we're going to roll this into a rectangle, trim up the edges, and then we need to put the filling on. Then dampen these edges with a little cold water and then roll this into a large sausage and seal the edges. Then here I have a dampened dinner napkin, pop the Spotted Dick onto there and then roll this up, twist the ends together so it is a really nice, tight sausage and then we'll tie that with a little string.

There. This needs to go on the top of a steamer over boiling water and it is going to take about 2 hours until it's ready.

So our Spotted Dick has had a good 2 hours steaming in the pan, so I need to check whether it's cooked, and it's lovely and firm which means it's ready. Be very careful with this it is also very hot. Lovely. A finished Spotted Dick.

All we need to do with this now is to cut it into slices onto a plate with lashings of custard sauce. To learn more join us on the web at Food.About.com

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