English Dinner: Spotted Dick

Puddings are common in England, think Christmas pudding, bread and butter pudding or sticky date pudding.

Recently a couple of friends and I had a big English cook up. This feast was finished with spotted dick, a steamed English pudding containing dried fruit, and custard. I had never eaten this pudding before and making it also gave me a legitimate reason to use profanity on my blog.

Whilst preparing our feast we were enjoying convict wine – 19 Crimes, which is named after the crimes that sent English criminals to Australia rather than to death. Drinking wine and cooking spotted dick led to all sorts of inappropriate comments and innuendo. “I’m eating spotted dick and I’m not getting a disease” Nat.

01 pudding2


  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 125g softened butter
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g currants
  • zest of one lemon
  • zest of one orange
  • 150ml milk
  • pinch salt
  • (custard) 3T custard powder, 1T sugar, 2 cups milk


  • Bowl
  • Scales
  • Wooden spoon
  • Grater or zester
  • Rice cooker with steamer (or other large steamer)
  • (custard) measuring spoon and cup, bowl, microwave


  1. Mix flour, butter, fruit, zest and salt in a bowl
  2. Add the milk and mix to a firm but moist dough (wow the innuendo)
  3. Shape into a roll approximately 8 inches long (that’s a big one). Make sure it is protected by (loosely) wrapping it in greaseproof paper. Seal the end with rubber bands
  4. Steam for an hour and a half until firm and cooked through
  5. Make custard. Mix 3T custard powder, 1T sugar, 2T milk into a paste. Add the rest of the milk and stir. Cook in the microwave for one minute, stir and repeat until the custard thickens
  6. Remove the spotted dick, cool slightly and serve with custard

02 mix

Step 1 & 2: mix, mix ,mix

03 shape

Step 3: roll your spotted dick to 8 inches 😉

04 too big

Quote: the dicks too big, it doesn’t fit

05 steam

Step 4: steam until firm to the touch 😉

06 custard

Step 5: custard

07 steamed

Quote: it’s quite substantial… it didn’t need much prodding

08 serve pic page

Quote: nothing like a bit of spotted dick on a Saturday night


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