How to Make Spotted Dick – The Victorian Way

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How to Make Spotted Dick - The Victorian Way

Spotted Dick is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

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How to Make Spotted Dick - The Victorian Way
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Spotted Dick

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


For the pastry:

  • 225g (1¾ cups) flour plus extra for dusting
  • 170g (1 ⅓ cups) suet
  • 170g (1 cup) currants
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 225ml (1 cup) milk
  • Butter for the mold
  • Salt
  • Custard to serve


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together and add a pinch of salt. Whisk an egg with half of the milk and pour this into the dry mix. Add enough milk to then make a soft dough.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead briefly.
  3. Shape the dough into a sausage and wrap in baking parchment and then foil. Or use a wetted pudding cloth.
  4. Boil or steam for two hours. Carefully remove the cloth and serve with custard.
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Spotted Dick, also known as Plum Bolster, is one of the simplest recipes out there. The name means ‘spotted dough’ and many people remember enjoying this pudding at school.

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