Spotted Dick

Regular readers of my blog will know that I enjoy cooking and frequently post on this topic. So when I was recently asked if I would like to try out one of the Sunrise Senior Living recipes, of course I said yes. Do I sense some raised eyebrows at this statement. No I’m not senior, I have 2 young children, but the Sunrise Senior Living chefs ensure that all of their recipes are nutritious and tasty, making them great for everyone, not just the elderly.

I was emailed a selection of Sunrise Senior Living recipes to choose from. They all sounded and looked very delicious, but I decided to cook their Spotted Dick. I thought it would be a good challenge to try making a steamed pudding as I’ve always used the microwave method for sponge puddings. And also I have great memories of my grandma cooking Spotted Dick with custard and other traditional steamed puddings. In fact, custard was my grandad’s favourite food.

Spotted Dick and Custard

I followed the recipe as stated apart from one small change. Butter was included on the ingredients but not mentioned within the method, so I assumed that it needed to be creamed with the suet and sugar. I have updated step 1 of the method below accordingly.

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Spotted Dick

Ingredients (serves 8)

90g vegetable suet
90g caster sugar
1 medium egg
90g self raising flour – sieved
90g plain breadcrumbs
90g currants
112ml whole milk
22g salted butter


Cream the suet, butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Gently add the egg and mix until smooth.
Slowly add the flour, breadcrumbs and currants.
Mix at low speed until incorporated.
Gradually add the milk until the mixture is smooth.
Grease a pudding basin and spoon the mixture into the basin.
Cover with a piece of folded greaseproof paper.
Tie around the edge with a string and place a damp tea towel over the top.
Tie once more with a string to secure the tea towel.
Place the basin into a large lidded saucepan.
Fill the pan two-thirds of the way up with water.
Cover with the lid.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.
Serve with custard and enjoy.

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Son2 enjoying Spotted Dick and custard

The whole family really enjoyed this tasty dessert. Thank you very much for our taste of Sunrise.

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Tasty Tuesdays on

Disclosure. This post is in collaboration with Sunrise Senior Living who provide assisted living in care homes. I have been reimbursed for the cost of the ingredients.

20 thoughts on “Spotted Dick

  1. Safia @ mygriffinway

    Is it terribly childish if I STILL giggle whenever I see this pudding?! It’s definitely a classic and I really should get round to trying it out for myself, I’ve just never made a steamed pudding before save for a Christmas pud… does that count?

    Looks like yours turned out great, well done! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe!



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