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This recipe was posted to rec.food.cooking in 1993 by someone in the U.K. It is the recipe her family uses.
- Mix the flour, currants and grated suet (it should have the general consistency of mouse droppings) very lightly by hand.
- Moisten with a couple of tablespoons of cold water, enough to give a dryish pastry texture.
- DO NOT RUB, only stir enough to bind the ingredients together.
- The mixture can be put into a buttered basin and covered with first a layer of foil, then a cloth (tied on with string), but the usual way is to make a thick roll shape, and wrap it in buttered greaseproof (waxed?) paper, and tie into a cloth.
- Boil in a lot of water for two to three hours on top of the stove, or all day if using a crock pot.
- To serve, slice it into 1" thick chunks while still hot.
- Some people serve it with egg custard, but others consider serving spotted dick with moist brown sugar and a large spoonful of salted butter a must.
- Use both if you like.