Spotted Dick

  • 300g plain flour
  • 10g baking powder
  • 150g shredded suet
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g currants
  • 185-200ml milk
  • Finely grated zest of 1-2 lemons (optional)
  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients along with the currants and lemon zest if using.
  2. Pour in 185ml of the milk and stir together, adding more milk if required to give a dropping consistency. The wetter the mixture, the moister the pudding.
  3. Roll the mixture into a cylinder shape, wrap in buttered greaseproof paper with a fold to allow for rising. Tie paper at both ends. You can use a clean tea towel if you want to be really traditional.
  4. Place into a hot steamer and steam for about 1 hour.
  5. Remove paper and slice into portions.

You can choose what to serve with the pudding, sauce Anglaise, a trickle of honey, syrup, but for me, the only option would be custard.