Everything you need to know about Spotted Dick Pudding, from where it got its name to how to make it!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Suet is not commonly used outside of the UK, so this recipe calls for shortening or butter instead.
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