Spotted Dick Recipe (Custard’s Companion)

Spotted Dick Recipe
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Fruitful Spotted Dick Recipe
Indulge in this comforting British classic, spotted dick, a moist and fruity steamed pudding served with a luscious vanilla custard. Perfect for a cozy dessert on any occasion.

Hey there, foodie friends! It’s Austin here, coming at you with another tasty treat straight from my kitchen. Today, I’m excited to share a classic British dessert that’s sure to make your taste buds dance: spotted dick. Now, I know what you might be thinking with a name like that, but trust me, this dish is all about comfort and flavor.

Even I was a bit confused with its meaning when I had this first time at one of my friends’ home but trust me its taste blew away all my confusion and filled me with love for this special recipe.

Picture this: a moist, fruity sponge dotted with currants, all served up with a generous dollop of creamy custard. It’s like a warm hug on a plate, perfect for cozy nights in or impressing your pals at your next dinner party. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up, so even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen, you’ll be able to nail this recipe. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking! For more such custard recipes try our Blueberry Custard Cake and Grapefruit Custard Pie.

What Is Spotted Dick?

Despite its unusual name, spotted dick is a delicious and subtly sweet steamed British dessert bread that your entire family will love. The name comes from its ingredients, primarily dried currants, which create the characteristic spots, and an older English term for pudding: puddick.

While in the U.S., “pudding” usually refers to a thick, custard-like dessert, in the U.K., puddings are boiled or steamed desserts made with flour. When preparing spotted dick, expect the latter.

What Are Some Options to Bake Spotted Dick?

For steaming, use a steamer for 60 to 90 minutes or place a saucer in a large saucepan, setting the covered pudding basin on top. Fill the saucepan with boiling water halfway up the side of the basin and cover it.

To bake in the oven, preheat to 220°C/fan 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Fill a baking tray with water and place it at the bottom of the oven. Cover the spotted dick with foil and bake for about 35-40 minutes.

For a quick fix, microwave the dessert in a microwave-safe bowl covered with cling film, leaving a gap for steam to escape. Cook for 5 minutes on full power, then let it stand for a few minutes before serving.

However, for the best results and to honor this marvelous pudding, I highly recommend sticking to the traditional steaming method if you have the time.

Overview: How To Make Spotted Dick?

Spotted Dick Recipe

Alright, folks, let’s dive into making this classic British dessert, spotted dick! First up, we’re gonna mix flour and salt, then work in some diced butter until we get a breadcrumb-like texture. Next, we toss in sugar, lemon zest, and currants before gradually adding milk until we hit that perfect texture.

Now, we’re not kneading here, just gently pressing the mix into a greased pudding basin, covering it up with foil and a cartouche, then sealing it tight with string. Pop it in a pot with boiling water, simmer for two hours, and boom, you’ve got yourself a delicious steamed dessert ready to go.

And don’t forget the custard! Split a vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds, simmer with milk and cream, then whisk in egg yolks and sugar until thickened. Pour it over your spotted dick, and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering treat that’ll have everyone asking for seconds!

Spotted Dick Recipe

Fruitful Spotted Dick Recipe

Indulge in this comforting British classic, spotted dick, a moist and fruity steamed pudding served with a luscious vanilla custard. Perfect for a cozy dessert on any occasion.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 6


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • pudding basin
  • non-stick baking paper
  • silver foil
  • Pot with Lid
  • trivet or heat-resistant stand
  • kitchen cloth or pastry cutter
  • palette knife


  • 300 g Self Raising flour
  • 75 g Caster sugar
  • 100 g Currants
  • 160 ml milk
  • 150 g Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons


  • Combine flour and salt, then rub diced butter into the mixture by hand or pulse in a food processor.
  • Add sugar, lemon zest, and currants. Mix and gradually add three-quarters of the milk until desired texture, adding more if needed.
  • Grease pudding basin, line with baking paper, add pudding mix, cover with foil, and seal with string.
  • Place basin in a pot on a trivet, fill with boiling water to a third of the way up the bowl. Simmer covered for 2 hours, topping up water as needed.
  • Run a palette knife around the edge, then turn out onto a plate and serve with custard.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g
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Try Some Variations

Spotted Dick Recipe

  1. Fruity Twist: Experiment with different dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, or chopped dried apricots for a variation in flavor and texture. You can also try adding a splash of orange or apple juice for an extra fruity kick.
  2. Spice it Up: Add a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or mixed spice to the flour mixture for a warm and aromatic twist. These spices complement the sweetness of the dessert beautifully and add depth to the flavor profile.
  3. Boozy Boost: For a more indulgent version, soak the dried fruits in rum, brandy, or whiskey before adding them to the mixture. This adds a rich depth of flavor and a subtle boozy kick to the dessert.
  4. Nutty Addition: Stir in a handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts, almonds, or pecans for added crunch and nuttiness. Toasting the nuts beforehand enhances their flavor and adds a delightful aroma to the dish.
  5. Citrus Zing: Experiment with different citrus zests such as orange or lime in place of lemon for a refreshing twist. Citrus zest adds a bright, zesty flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the dessert.
  6. Chocolate Indulgence: For all the chocolate lovers out there, fold some chocolate chips or chunks into the mixture for a decadent chocolatey variation. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate sauce for an extra indulgent treat.

These variations will add a unique twist to the classic spotted dick recipe, elevating it to new levels of deliciousness while still maintaining its comforting and nostalgic appeal. Happy baking!

Managing Leftovers!

Storage: Once cooled completely, store any leftover spotted dick in an airtight container or wrap tightly with plastic wrap. It can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can refrigerate it for up to 5 days. If you want to keep it for longer, you can freeze it. Wrap the individual slices or the whole pudding tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating: To reheat leftover spotted dick, you can either microwave individual slices for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until heated through, or you can steam them again for a few minutes until warm. If reheating from frozen, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating using one of the methods mentioned above.

Custard: Any leftover custard can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until warmed through. Avoid boiling the custard as it may curdle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why is it called spotted dick?

A: The name “spotted dick” comes from the dried fruits, like currants, which dot the moist sponge pudding, giving it its distinctive ‘spotted’ appearance.

Q: Can I skip the custard?

A: While the custard adds a delicious creamy touch, you can serve the spotted dick with ice cream or whipped cream instead if you prefer.

Q: What if I don’t have a pudding basin?

A: No worries! You can use a heatproof bowl or even a ceramic dish as long as it’s deep enough to hold the mixture.

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