Spotted Dick Suet Pudding

Spotted Dick Suet Pudding

During the time that I spent working in the hotel trade in the UK, I learnt a lot from a fellow chef named Dave Morley. Dave took me under his wing and taught me how to make suet puddings and profiteroles.

The following recipe is called Spotted Dick. This is a very simple recipe but unfortunately, the cooking time is 2 hours so it’s not quick.

In the kitchens in the UK, we used to make them in stainless steel sleeve but now at home I make it in a plum pudding bowl but you will need a lid.


A pudding bowl, lightly greased using butter. A bowl, wooden spoon and a large pot to fit pudding bowl. Weighing scales


300g plain flour

150g vegetable suet

75g caster sugar

80g sultanas

¼ tsp baking powder

300g fresh milk


Add all the weighed dry ingredients into a bowl and using a wooden spoon mix them together.

Making a well in the centre of the dry mix add some milk, and stir in. Once the milk blends in add more milk and mix until all milk has been added and you have a wet dough.

Transfer dough into the lightly greased pudding bowl placing the lid firmly on then add the bowl to the pot.

Fill the pot ⅔ with hot water making sure not to cover the pudding bowl.

Boil for 20 mins and reduce the temp to simmer for 1 hour,

Spotted Dick with Custard
Photo Credit: Olive O’Brien

Carefully remove the hot bowl from the pot and allow to cool before taking off the lid.

When you are removing the suet pudding from bowl gently squeeze sides of the bowl to help ease it out.

Place your serving plate or dish on top of the bowl and turn the bowl upside down.

Your suet pudding should fall in one piece on to your serving dish.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your spotted dick at once with warm custard poured over it.

The above recipe can be altered by exchanging the dried fruit for red jam.

Suet with Jam
Photo Credit: Olive O’Brien

When making the Jam Suet pudding substitute the dried fruit with half a jar of red (whatever flavour you wish) and add half a jar to the bowl once the bowl has been lightly greased. Then continue as per the above steps.

12 thoughts on “Spotted Dick Suet Pudding”

  • A very easy recipe, I haven’t made a suet pudding for years! This makes me want to get in the kitchen and start making one. The old fashioned puddings are some of the best I think. simple, with few ingredients, all of which are basic store cupboard items and so filling and warming.

    You have written this in a way that is easy to follow for a beginner too which is always helpful to encourage people to start cooking and baking.

    • Hi Louise

      Thanks for leaving a comment, you are right of course most of these ingredients can be found in your dry store cupboard. 

      I’m glad you found my recipe easy to follow, my sole intention is to help those who “think” they cannot cook or bake to dip their toe in and realise it really is not “that difficult”. 

      All the best, Olive 

  • The spotted dick suet pudding in this article sounds sooo yummy. 

    I love your site,  your suggestions on food is awesome, every time I check this site out there is more delicious recipes to try. 

    Do you have any recipes from like someone in your family like a great grandma or grandpa that no one has heard of? 

    Thanks for the great ideas for dinner.

    • Hi Zach, I am delighted you enjoy my website, have you tried making any of the recipes yet? Do let me know how which ones you liked best.

      I have many more recipes to come, so stay tuned and keep checking back in!

      All the best, Olive 

  • That was quite an interesting recipe. I had never heard of suet to use in baking. 

    I am not familiar with many UK recipes either. I like the variations you can make in the custard you can put over the pudding. 

    I would make a completely different flavour to the dessert, I suppose. Keep your recipes coming!

    • Thanks for your comment Carolyn, there are different types of suet that can be used depending on what you are cooking or baking. 

      Stay tuned for more recipes coming shortly. All the best, Olive

  • I am so happy I found your site since I have been searching for a good recipe for my husband. 

    I love to cook and my husband loves to eat.  Your recipe will be a favourite of my husband because he loves pudding. 

    It looks a lot yummy to see the pudding picture. So I will definitely try your SPOTTED DICK SUET PUDDING. 

    If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Again thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Hi Sabrinamou

      I am glad you like my website and enjoy the recipes I have laid out here.  If your husband enjoys his pudding he will surely love this suet pudding, do let me know what he thinks of it when you make it. 

      I would be delighted for you to share my article on your social media – thank you.

      All the best, Olive 

  • WOW! This really make me hungry, it looks so yummy that I want to eat it right now ! I feel like I can smell it right now..Thank you so much for providing this recipe and make it very easy for people to follow the steps and you have provided all the necessary tools for us to make it at home. 

    I have learned a lot of delicious food recipe from your website. I also like your ” 3 Ingredient recipe desserts ” the strawberry dessert, it looks very yummy too! It will be a very good choice for my breakfast desert!

    I also like the autumn butternut squash soup, you have provide very details information and steps to make it very easy to follow to make delicious supper soup.It is very good when some friend to visit, so I can follow your recipe to make those food.

    Thank you so much!!


    • Hi Leo

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I am delighted you have found so much joy from my recipes, I hope you have enjoyed making them as well as eating them. 

      Make sure to check back regularly as I will be adding more recipes to tantalise the taste buds 😉

      All the best, Olive 

  • Hi, Olive.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on spotted dick suet pudding. It is a time consuming process but I am sure the end result is as good as the image itself which is looking so stunning. The recipe is simple to cook so we can try it on coming Sunday Thanks for your yummy inputs Olive.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Most welcome Gaurav, I hope the pudding was a success and you all enjoyed! Thanks for your lovely comments and check back soon for more recipes. 

      All the best, Olive 

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