Spotted dick and custard

Recreate the best of nursery puddings from school dinner days with this traditional steamed pudding.

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For the spotted dick

For the custard


  1. For the spotted dick, place the flour, baking powder, shredded suet, caster sugar, currants and lemon zest into a bowl and mix to combine.

  2. Add the milk and stir to make a soft dough.

  3. Grease a pudding basin with butter and spoon the mixture into the basin. Cover with a piece of folded greaseproof paper.

  4. Tie around the edge with string to secure the paper and place a damp tea towel over the top. Tie once more with string to secure the tea towel.

  5. Place the basin into a large lidded saucepan and fill the pan two-thirds of the way up with water.

  6. Cover with the lid, bring to a boil and simmer for one hour.

  7. For the custard, place the milk and cream into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  8. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk together until light and frothy.

  9. Pour the hot milk onto the eggs, a little at a time, and stir well. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring with a wooden spatula, until just thickened.

  10. To serve, slice a wedge of spotted dick for each person and place onto each of six plates. Pour over the custard and serve at once.

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