I am very much a lover of good old British traditional recipes, especially when it comes to puddings.Having a slow cooker means I can still make them and not use as much electricity, energy or heat up the kitchen.This week I tried out an old WI recipe to make slow cooker Spotted Dick (Pimply Richard) dating back to World War 1.This worked perfectly in the slow cooker using a ceramic pudding basin but you could use a loaf tin instead if you don’t have one.Modern versions of this pudding use lemon and spices but I chose to stick with the basic recipe.Sadly over the years Spotted Dick has lost it’s name and is often called Pimply Richard.Sorry for reference to Wikipedia, you can smack my arse if you ever meet me.
Slow Cooker Spotted Dick (Pimply Richard)
225g (80z) self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
100g (40z) shredded suet (I used a vegetable version)
100g currants or raisins if you want bigger spots
150 ml water
1. Grease a 500 ml (1 pint) ceramic pudding basin.Switch on the slow cooker on HIGH.Add enough boiled water to come 1/3 of the way up the sides of the slow cooker pot.
2. Sieve the flour and salt together into a bowl.Add the currants and suet to the bowl and mix well.
3. Add the water.Bring together with your hands, it will take a bit of time BUT don’t be tempted to add any more water. Once the suet crust pastry is made, shape it into a ball and put it into the pudding basin.Cover the basin in aluminum foil, shaping it round to make a tight cover.
4. Next you need to make a handle so you can safely get the basin back out after. Take two long lengths of string, tying them over the top of the pudding basin and underneath so the string secures the foil and makes a handle. This will make it safer to lift the pudding basin out of the hot slow cooker.
5. Place the pudding basin into the slow cooker pot and cook for 4 hours or until a skewer or knife comes out clean.
6. Once you’ve carefully taken the cooked pudding out of the slow cooker, remove the string and foil.Place a plate on top of the bowl, using oven gloves flip it over so the pudding is now inverted.
7. Carefully lift off the bowl.Now your slow cooker Spotted Dick is ready to serve with custard.
Adding this recipe to Mediocre Mum’s Slow Cooker Sunday.