Spotted Dick! Traditional British Steamed Fruit Sponge Pudding

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by French Tart

I am finally posting my recipe for Spotted Dick! This delicious steamed sponge pudding with currants is a British schoolboy favourite from the days when school dinners were not only tasty and nourishing, but may have been the only hot meal of the day for some children. Originally, Spotted Dick would have been made with beef suet and breadcrumbs - this recipe has been updated for modern tastes, and uses vegetarian suet or butter with flour. Serve this with English custard for a comforting and nostalgic flavour explosion! Steaming is so easy, and whilst it bubbles and simmers away, you are free to do other things around the kitchen, such as prepare the custard!

Top Review by Richard H.

This may well be a nice steamed pudding but it is nothing like a traditional Spotted Dick.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease a 600 ml (1 pint) pudding basin.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the egg and sufficient milk to produce a smooth dropping consistency.
  4. Place the mixture into prepared pudding basin.
  5. Cover with pleated greaseproof paper and foil and steam for about 1½ hours.
  6. Turn out and serve hot with custard or syrup.

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