Spotted Dick Pudding

Christine Albury

Everything you need to know about Spotted Dick Pudding, from where it got its name to how to make it!

While cheesecakes, pies and cakes all make delicious desserts, it is fun to switch it up, get creative and try out something new!

This dessert isn’t seen on many dessert menus in the US, but it's a major hit across the pond in the UK; Spotted Dick Pudding is a traditional English dessert, often served after lunch at school but popular with adults too!

Spotted Dick Photo

A warming, steamed sponge usually topped with custard, Spotted Dick is perfect for a winter's evening - it has that satisfying, comforting quality that you need on colder days!

You can sometimes find canned Spotted Dick in the aisles of your local grocery stores, but we highly recommend making your own. Canned versions of Spotted Dick do this fabulous dessert no justice and are not appealing at all!

Spotted Dick Picture

The history of Spotted Dick

The very first  recipe for this pudding ever recorded was in Alexis Benoist Soyer’s cookbook, The Modern Housewife or Menagere in 1849.

However, dishes that were very similar in appearance and taste to Spotted Dick existed as far back as medieval times!

Spotted Dick Image

All about suet

Rather than using butter as a fat while baking a traditional Spotted Dick, a rather interesting ingredient called suet is used instead.

Suet is a rendered from the fat around the kidneys and other organs of certain animals, generally beef and mutton. While suet doesn’t quite sound suitable for a sweet dessert, you'll be glad to know it doesn’t actually add a meaty flavor! Instead, it adds an indulgent richness to the dish! 

Spotted Dick Pic

Suet is not commonly used outside of the UK, so this recipe calls for shortening or butter instead. 

More British desserts

British desserts have a reputation for being hearty and filling... and these delicious dishes are no exception. Try:

Treacle Sponge

Bread and Butter Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Rhubarb Crumble

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes


Spotted Dick Pudding

    6 Servings


  • 10 ounces All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 5 ounces Shortening
  • 3 ounces Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 ounces Dried Currants
  • zest of one Lemon
  • 200 milliliters Milk
  • Butter, for greasing


  1. To make the sponge, combine flour, baking powder, shortening, fine granulated sugar, currants and lemon zest in a large bowl.
  2. Add the milk to the dry ingredients and mix to form a soft dough.
  3. With either butter or oil, grease a pudding basin and transfer the dough to it, covering with a folded piece of greaseproof paper. Tie the ends of the paper with string to secure and then lay a damp tea towel over the paper. Tie the ends of the tea towel so that it is also secure. 
  4. Put the pudding basin into a large, lidded saucepan and add water until it fills the saucepan about 2/3 of the way. Cover and bring to a boil, reducing to a simmer for an hour. 
  5. Slice the Spotted Dick sponge into 6 wedges, placing one wedge per plate, topped with a large spoonful of custard.
Source: BBC Food
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: BBC Food
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 86 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 187
Calories 490

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 4mg
Total Carbohydrate 64g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 27g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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