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 (see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12).
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 used in place of 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.