Spotted Dick


Spotted Dick

Dinah Bucholz
Hermione refuses to eat after discovering that enslaved house-elves cooked her food. Ron has no such qualms and naughtily tries to tempt her with spotted dick.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine British
Servings 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg ground
  • 1/4 tsp. clove ground
  • 2 sticks butter cubed, cold
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 3/4 cup milk whole


  • Place a rack or overturned shallow bowl in a large pot and fill with water. Bring to simmer.
  • Grease a 2-quart heat-proof dish. It needs to have a tight-fitting lid. Set aside. (Pyrex will work well.)
  • Whisk together the flour, bread crumbs, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse meal (with some larger pieces of butter remaining).
  • Toss in raisins and currants.
  • Pour in milk and fold together until mixture is uniformly moistened. Turn out the mixture into the greased dish and press down the top with a spatula.
  • Cover the dish with lid, making sure it is tightly sealed. Place it in the pot; the water should come halfway up the sides of the dish. Steam for 3 hours. Add water to replenish as necessary.
  • Remove pudding from pot. Remove the lid carefully, and invert pudding onto a plate. Serve warm with warm custard as desired.


  • To make fresh bread crumbs, process 6 to 8 slices of fresh bread in a food processor or blender. There is no need to remove the crusts.
  • Dried cranberries can be substituted for the currants if desired.
  • If you don't have a container with a lid that will work, wrap your dish in plastic wrap tightly, then again in aluminum foil.