Episode 3 – Recipe for Spotted Dick
Okay my lovelies, better late than never, but at long last I have my Spotted Dick recipe for you! The truth is I’m a pretty horrid cook, aside from the toddler delights I am now able to whip up. It seems my cooking skills are maturing as my son’s palette matures, as he apparently LOVES what I concoct so maybe there is a future for me. That, or maybe I just use a lot of delicious apple sauce to mask the delicacy of the day!
Back to today’s deliciousness: Spotted Dick! I have been feeling a touch insecure that my Spotted Dick recipe on last week’s episode didn’t exactly turn out so well. It looked more like a swamp with raisins than a delicious delight, so I was forced to call in the big dogs: my mother and my Aunt! They are both true Brits with true British cooking skills (don’t mess with them and their wooden spoons, if you know what I mean!). This is what my mother replied, after conferring with my dear aunt:
“Darling, Spotted Dick, Dick as a word for pudding and not a gentleman’s ding dong, and Spotted for the raisins, is absolutely delicious… ” – Thanks for the clarity, mother!
And here is the recipe she swears by, which she pulled from Jamie Oliver’s “The Naked Chef” – yep I think my mum has a wee crush….. So, enjoy with a nice pot of tea (maybe add something a little stronger if you aren’t preggo), some fine china and get ready to sit back and relax to watch Kate and Willy’s big day!
- 4oz Suet
- 1 Ib mixed sultanas, raisins, currants
- Zest of lemon or 1 orange
- 4oz plain flour
- 4oz sugar
- 4oz bread crumbs
- 1 level teaspoon ground ginger (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 pint milk
Grease a 1.5 liter / 3 pint pudding basin. Mix all the ingredients together, except the egg and the milk. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix well. Put the mixture in the basin, cover with tinfoil or a cloth, and put the basin in a pan with water half-way up the sides of the basin. Bring the water to boil, put on a tight fitting lid, and simmer for 3 hours, remembering to top off with boiling water now and then.