Spotted Dick

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Source The English Kitchen

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Serves8

AmountIngredientPreparation
25g Butter soft, for greasing the pan
350g plain flour
2 TBS baking powder
150g suet shredded
75g caster sugar
150g currants
2 TBS brandy
25g Butter melted
2 lemon's worth lemon juice
2 lemon's worth lemon zest
1 egg
150ml whole milk
150ml double cream

1. Warm the brandy until it is just simmering and throw in the currants. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes.

2. Butter a piece of greaseproof paper, or wax paper, measuring about 60 cm square with the soft butter.

3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and caster sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the currants (drain any liquid off and reserve) and suet. Add the melted butter. Stir in the lemon juice and zest and egg. Stir the reserved juice from the currants, milk and cream together and then add slowly, stirring, until you reach a dropping consistency. You may not need to use it all.

4. Spoon the mixture into the paper and rollit up into a sausage shape about 6 cm in diameter. Be careful not to roll it up too tightly, otherwise the mixture will not be able to rise sufficiently and will be heavy rather than light when cooked.

5. Tie at the ends with some string and place the pudding in a hot steamer fitted with a lid, over steaming water. Cover and steam for 1 1/4 hours until cooked. Check the bottom of the steamer from time to time and make sure you keep it topped up with hot water.

6. Remove the pudding from the steamer and unwrap. Cut into slices and place in bowls. Serve with lashings of warm custard for the whole spotted dick experience!

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