Spotted Dick

A Traditional Sponge Pudding Recipe

This is our spotted dick recipe, a very traditional winter pudding, very strongly associated with school dinners in the: 60s 70s and 1980s. You can still find it on the menu of a number of leading restaurants in the county. When you serve this dish you are sure to bring a smile to the faces of your diners, if only for reasons of nostalgia. Some menus refer to Spotted Dick by its archaic title of Plum Bolster.

Spotted Dick is just one of the traditional puddings that we include in our Recipe Directory. The quantity and quality of the recipes that we publish is directly connected to the comments of our users and the recommendations of researchers. If you have a sponge pudding recipe that you'd like to consider sharing with us please get in touch.

One of the interesting things about spotted dick in the 20th century is that the name itself has courted controversy. At least one NHS Trust and one County Council felt the name 'Spotted Dick' was not appropriate and changed it to 'Spotted Richard'. My researches haven't revealed if they still allowed the use of a 'knob of butter' or 'coq au vin'!

Spotted Dick is basically a sponge pudding with currants in it, you can use the same recipe for treacle, jam, fruit, or any of your favourite flavours, simply use jam or fruit instead of currants, it's a very versatile recipe.

Spotted Dick Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours 30 Minutes

By Patricia

Ingredients: Serves 4

68g (6ozs) of self raising flour
84g (3ozs) butter
84g (3ozs) sugar 
1 level teaspoonful baking powder
Pinch of salt
Some milk and water
2 eggs
112g (4ozs) currants

Sponge Pudding Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together add the eggs and beat well to get plenty of air into the mixture.
  2. Gradually add the sieved flour, baking powder and use as much of the milk and water as you need to keep the mixture soft.
  3. Finally stir in the currants.
  4. Steam for around 2 hours and 30 minutes in a 2 pint bowl.
  5. You can make smaller individual puddings in smaller bowls but will need to reduce the steaming time accordingly.

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User Comments

"Dear Buster, we've enjoyed your recipes and webcasts for many years, we first made Spotted Dick about seven years ago, we have enjoyed it but it wasn't until we tried it with custard that we really got the full experience. For your readers that live on the other side of the pond might not have ever had custard or even understand how important it can be to a sponge pudding. If you said something like - this dessert is always eaten with traditional English Custard, usually served warm - it would be useful for many non Brits looking to take a walk on the wild side. Please, please, please resume the Kent Review. XXX Mary (MA)."