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British Steamed Pudding Spotted Dick

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I am for sure going to make this Spotted dick, British steamed pudding, come Christmas time this year, as I can almost taste this delicious treat!

Spotted dick is a traditional British steamed pudding, historically made with suet and dried fruit and often served with custard. Non-traditional variants include recipes that replace suet with other fats, or that include eggs to make something similar to a sponge pudding or cake

Spotted Dick British Steamed Pudding

British Steamed Pudding Spotted Dick

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Moderate
  • Cuisine: British


Units Scale
  • 250g self-raising
  • 125g suet (shredded)
  • 80g castor sugar
  • 180g currants
  • 1 lemon zest finely grated
  • Pinch salt
  • 150ml milk


  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl except the milk.
  2. Mix lightly with a fork and gradually add the milk until the mixture comes together in a nice moist dough.
  3. Put the dough into a pre-greased bowl and seal it with two layers of grease-proof paper and secure it with string ready to steam.
  4. Place the bowl in the steamer and add boiling water halfway up the bowl and bring to a boil.
  5. I use a stock pot with mason jar lids at the bottom to keep the bowl off the base.
  6. Once boiling, turn down the heat and place a lid on the steamer, and steam for 90 minutes.
  7. Check it’s cooked by popping a cocktail stick in the center, if it comes out clean it’s done.
  8. Leave for 10 minutes before turning it onto a plate to serve with custard.



Prepared, tried, and tested by Monica of The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 21.6 g
  • Sodium: 540 mg
  • Fat: 12.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.3 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.8 mg

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6 thoughts on “British Steamed Pudding Spotted Dick”

  1. My Mum used to make spotted dick when I was a child , I am now 84 so it was long time ago. I was born in England but have now lived in Australia for 55years. Must see if I can try this recipe sometime to bring back memories

  2. Interesting.
    I’d never heard of this before. I also enjoy lear I g about new things.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop 62!


    • HI Laurie. Thank you for dropping by and yes this British Steamed Pudding Spotted Dick is not very well known, but hope you will be able to give it a go and try it out, but above all enjoy it.


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