This may well be a nice steamed pudding but it is nothing like a traditional Spotted Dick.
Make sure you soak the currants in hot water until they are soft (approx. 15 mins) it makes for a better pudding. This is comfort food for a cold winters night
I've been married to an Englishman for almost 9 years and this is my first attempt at steaming a pudding! It turned out FABULOUS! First off, I had no mixed peel, OR currants, so I just substituted all raisins. For some reason I needed to microwave mine to get them *officially done*. The steaming DID cook them 4/5 of the way, but the minute in the microwave completed it and they TASTE SO GOOD!!!! Thank you for encouraging me to finally make an english pudding.
OK, I admit it ~ I tagged this recipe because of its name! A year or so ago some friends of mine found a tin of spotted dick in a specialty store in San Diego & gave it to me as a gift! It was OK, but nothing special ~ just another kind of bland English food! HOWEVER, comparing that tin of pudding to the pudding made with this recipe is like comparing a bean dish made with canned green beans to a dish made with fresh one ~ THERE IS NO COMPARISON! This recipe helped me make a wonderfully nice-tasting steamed pudding, which, I would like to think, is exactly the way Spotted Dick should taste! I had vegetable suet still from other recent baking, but another time might use the frozen butter! I also did more than might be usual with the citrus peel, since for the zest I minced peel from grapefruit, lemon, orange & lime! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in the Newest Zaar Tag game]