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 plate of steamed pudding with berries and custard
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Traditional Spotted Dick – UK Christmas Pudding

Traditional UK Spotted Dick is a steamed cake with currants and served with custard. Known in the UK as Christmas Pudding.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 253kcal



  • Grease a pudding mold.
  • Place a steamer rack inside a large pot. Add enough water to come halfway up the size of the pudding mold (or bundt pan) and bring to a boil.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and suet.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut the suet into the dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk, lemon zest and vanilla.
  • Add milk to flour mix and stir to combine. You may have to knead with your hands until you have a soft dough.
  • Add currants and mix well.
  • Transfer to greased pudding mold (or bundt pan) and spread in an even layer.
  • Place inside the boiling pot of water on top of the steamer rack.
  • Cover well and steam for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, check the water level. If it has evaporated too low, add some more water.
  • Continue to steam for another 30-45 minutes, until set.
  • Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Turn mold over onto a plate.
  • Serve with custard.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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