Gluten-Free Spotted Dick
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Gluten-Free Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick is a glorious traditional suet pudding studded with currants, mixed peel and spices, designed to warm you from the inside out.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley


  • 125 g currants
  • 3 tablespoons rum or whisky or brandy
  • 140 g sweet rice flour
  • 120 g oat flour
  • 100 g almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 180 g fresh beef suet
  • 125 g soft brown sugar
  • 40 g mixed peel
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 225-250 ml whole milk


  • First place the currants in a small bowl and spoon over the rum, leaving them to soak for at least an hour.
  • Sift the flours, baking powder and sea salt into a large bowl.
  • Then stir in the suet, sugar, soaked currants (without the excess liquid), mixed peel and spices.
  • Pour in just enough milk to make soft dough, mixing together with your hands.
  • Shape the dough into a thick log and loosely wrap in muslin or cheesecloth, securing the ends with string.
  • Then wrap in foil.
  • Place the Spotted Dick in a large saucepan, pour boiling water all around the spotted dick until it has submerged and bring up to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, put the lid on and leave to cook for two hours.
  • Remove the Spotted Dick carefully from the water and serve immediately with lashings of custard.


Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1.9mg