The joy of writing this Vintage Chef column is that even those dishes I might otherwise avoid, I get to rediscover and share. For some reason, by the time I was at school, spotted dick was off the menu. Or maybe it had simply fallen out of favour.
We in England may have strange names for our quality food but at least we don't eat Pets like the French who eat Horses, Frogs and Pet Birds. Spotted Dick is a steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit usually currents commonly served with custard. Spotted refers to the dried fruit which resemble spots and dick may be a contraction or corruption of the word pudding from the last syllable or possibly a corruption of the word dough or dog, as "spotted dog" is another name for the same dish with the use of plums rather than currants.
Spotted Dick is a great pudding because it lies somewhere in between a suet pudding and a sponge pudding and is borne of that period of prolific pudding invention: the Victorian Era. It is only slightly sweet and flavoured delicately with lemon. The spots on the Spotted Dick come from currants.
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She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet. Suet is the hard but flaky fat found around the kidneys and loins in cows and sheep. Although it is primarily used to make tallow, it is also used to make British puddings.
A quintessential British dessert, Spotted Dick represents everything that is delicious about traditional English cooking. Tender steamed pudding dotted with succulent black currants is drizzled with a luxuriously rich and creamy vanilla custard. I was among that giggling crowd when I first moved to England for a 7-year stint, being quite naive to British terminology beyond what I had picked up from my favorite older British sitcoms e.
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Non-traditional variants include recipes that replace suet with other fats such as butteror that include eggs to make something similar to a sponge pudding or cake. The name "spotted dog" first appears inin C. Smith's "Working-men's Way in the World" where it is described as a "very marly species of plum-pudding".