How to make spotted dick

This traditional spotted dick recipe is a firm family favourite that you'll want to make time and time again. Served with warm custard or thick ice cream, you just can't beat a bowl of this steaming pud.

There are a cohort of classic British puddings that we’re all admittedly a little curious about, and Spotted Dick is one of them.

The spongey pudding filled with raisins and sultanas that make us all nostalgic for retro school dinners – and where did it get its name from?

Well learn how to make a classic spotted dick with our simple step-by-step recipe. With a soft suet sponge and sweet bursts of sultanas throughout, a traditional spotted dick is the ultimate warming pudding served with lashings of thick custard.

Steaming the pudding is what gives it the lovely soft texture as it keeps the sponge moist and springy – it’s just how a old-fashioned spotted dick pudding would’ve be cooked all those years ago.

This version of the classic recipe has been tried and tested in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen so it’s sure to be a success.

If you fancy experimenting with this classic, you could use chocolate chips instead of sultanas. Or if you’re a fruit fan add in some extra dried cranberries or glace cherries for an even sweeter flavour.

How to make spotted dick


Serves: 4-6

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 125g shredded suet
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 125g sultanas
  • Rind of ½ a lemon
  • Custard or golden syrup, to serve