25 September, 2012

Traditional British Dishes

One of the more interesting dishes is the Spotted Dick.   A cardiologist's nightmare or dream, depending on 

First you have to make the pastry. Here is the recipe from Epicurious.com.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold finely chopped rendered beef suet (4 oz)
  • 8 tablespoons whole milk


Pulse together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Add suet and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Drizzle evenly with milk and stir with a fork until incorporated. Knead until a slightly sticky dough is formed.

Then you take  this pastry and make the Spotted Dick. Another recipe from Epicurious.com


Fill a large heavy pot (at least 8 inches across by 6 inches deep, with a tight-fitting lid) with 1 1/2 inches water. Make a platform for pudding by setting metal cookie cutters or egg-poaching rings in bottom of pot. Knead fruit and zest into dough and form dough into a ball. Put into well-buttered pudding mold and flatten top. Top dough with a round of buttered wax paper, buttered side down, and cover top of mold with heavy-duty foil, crimping tightly around edge.
Bring water in pot to a boil and set mold on platform. Steam pudding, covered, over simmering water 1 1/2 to 2 hours (add more boiling water to pot if necessary), or until golden and puffed. Transfer pudding in mold to a rack and let stand 5 minutes. Discard foil and wax paper and run a thin knife around edge of pudding. Invert a plate over mold, then invert pudding onto plate. Serve immediately with custard sauce.
Cooks' note:Coarsely chop any large pieces of dried fruit.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spotted-Dick-103210#ixzz27Q6ToLbM


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