Monday, October 17, 2005

Spotted Dog for Dinner?

OK, someone TOLD me there's really a food called Spotted Dog. So I had to go look it up.

It contains no canine. It's actually an Irish pudding....although shredded suet doesn't sound like something people are supposed to eat. I suppose if you don't follow directions closely about leaving the cloth loose for expansion, your kitchen could become spotted....

Spotted Dog

8 oz Self-raising flour
1 pn Salt
4 oz Shredded suet
1 oz Sugar
8 oz Currants or raisins
150 ml Cold water

Stir together the flour, salt, sugar, suet and dried fruit. Mix to a firm dough with water. Form into a cylinder about 8 inches long, and put on a pudding cloth that has been wrung out in boiling water and sprinkled with flour. Roll the pudding in the cloth and tie the ends tightly, but leave room for expansion. Put into a pan of boiling water, cover, and boil for 2 hours, adding more boiling water if necessary to prevent boiling dry. Turn the pudding onto a hot dish and serve with custard.

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Blogger krip said...

Trust the Irish to get it wrong. The lovely pudding you describe is in fact called "Spotted Dick".
It is an English delicacy not to be missed.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Krip,

That's a real hoot. I do believe I actually have heard of Spotted Dick but never tasted it. Now, you're making me think it might be something to try!

2:05 PM  
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5:20 PM  

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