Spotted dick

Bring back memories of school with this super stodgy pudding. You might kick yourself once you know how to make it as it's sure to elevate you to guest chef status.


Serves 4

225g plain flour, plus extra for sprinkling
15g baking powder
A pinch of salt
115g chopped beef suet
150ml water
115g currants
55g raisins
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

• To make the basic suet pastry, sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together, then rub in the finely chopped suet. Add the water and mix to a dough.
• Roll out to a rectangle 25cm x 15cm and 1cm thick.
• Sprinkle with currants and raisins, leaving a border of 1cm round all sides.
• Press the fruit in and sprinkle with lemon rind. Paint the borders with water.
• Turn the two short sides in and seal. Roll up from a long side carefully, to keep all the fruit in. Seal when rolled up.
• Take a clean tea towel and rinse in boiling water. Sprinkle with flour and shake off the excess. Lay the roll on top of the cloth, fold the cloth over, and fix at the ends with string.
• Steam the cloth-wrapped roll for one-and-a-half hours.
• Take out, unwrap, cut into slices and serve with custard or jam sauce.

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