We had spotted dick once before when I purchased a canned one on a whim from Freddie’s. It was so so.
But I figured homemade fresh dick with custard would be much better so made it this afternoon.
This recipe first was printed in the mid 1800’s. The dick is a dialect word for dough, and the spots are the currants.
For this you mix flour, shredded suet, dried currants, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. You add milk and then pat it into a rectangle. This is rolled into a log. Here is the log.
You roll this into a double layered cheesecloth and tie the ends. Here it is at this point.
It then is boiled in water for 2 hours. It was challenging keeping it submerged.
I made a custard with egg yolks, cornstarch, milk, sugar and vanilla. Then I made some British tea.
Here is what the dick looked like after the boiling.
Here it is sliced on my plate.
And here it is with the custard on top and the tea.
It was good. It reminded me of bread pudding which I love. The outer surface is kind of slimy but the inside was great. Per the cookbook the custard is obligatory and I would agree. Even Tom liked it.
This is a downstairs recipe by the way, so meant for the servants. So not meant to be fancy but yummy.