Daring Bakers Make Traditional British Pudding

The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

Fortunately, we had permission to use substitutes for suet, such as shortening or butter.

I made a variation on the traditional British “pud” known as Spotted Dick (or spotted dog). Instead of milk, I used mashed banana and lemon juice.  Freckled Banana Pudding, anyone?

I wasn’t sure exactly how substituting banana for the liquid in the Spotted Dick recipe would work, so I turned to a wonderful book by Jane Garmey called Great British Cooking: A Well Kept Secret (1981). Garmey has a very appealing recipe for Banana Tea Loaf (p. 207) that looked to be a good guideline for converting the Spotted Dick recipe.

Freckled Banana Pudding
Combination of Garmey’s Banana Tea Loaf and Esther’s recipe for Spotted Dick
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup raisins (I used a mixture of Flame, Golden, and Thompson)
2 medium freckled bananas, mashed
juice 1/2 lemon (I used a large one)
1 egg

Combine the dry ingredients and cut in the butter. Mix in the lemon juice, egg and mashed banana. Stir in the raisisns. Put the batter in a well greased pudding bowl (I used a rounded bottom double boiler insert).  Cover the bowl with foil or parchment and steam for 2 hours.

I made a custard sauce to go with the pudding (p148 of Garmey’s book). Instead of vanilla extract, I went with vanilla paste so I would have the lovely little vanilla flecks. The banana pudding was quite nice–moist and tender–with the lemon and honey giving the whole thing an extra special something.

Esther also directed us to the Pudding Club’s collection of recipes (the WikiPUDia).  I liked the chocolate pudding recipe so much, I made it twice. It was so moist and delicious. “It’s DOUBLE good, Mommy,” my son told me.

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15 Responses to “Daring Bakers Make Traditional British Pudding”

  1. chef_d Says:

    I love your freckled banana pudding! It looks so good, and the name is cute. Great job!

  2. Shelley Says:

    The banana one looks so good! I loved the chocolate one, too – so decadent! 🙂 Great job with both versions!

  3. Kim Says:

    Love your puddings! How daring to try a completely unique recipe as well. I think my chocolate pudding was my favorite! Who can go wrong with chocolate? Nice job!

  4. Mary Says:

    Steamed banana pudding sounds wonderful! Freckled banana pudding sounds much more appealing than Spotted Dick, I think:)

  5. Suz Says:

    Ah, I didn’t know an alternative name was spotted dog. I’ve never tried spotted dick, but I can safely say that I would definitely prefer your banana version. I adore banana loaf, it’s probably my favourite cake, so the idea of those flavours in pudding form – ahhhh, sounds like heaven! Your pudding looks utterly gorgeous, as does the chocolate one. Double good. 🙂

    p.s. love the name too!

  6. Jeanne Says:

    The flavors sound delicious! I was so curious to try the spotted dick pudding. Great job on the recipe adaptation, it’s definitely a daring move!

  7. bake in paris Says:

    The first banana pudding in the challenge and I loved it already. Will try it too…

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  8. pragmaticattic Says:

    Thanks, everyone!

  9. Elra Says:

    Your pudding look superb! Well done on this month challenge.

  10. Aparna Says:

    I like freckles! 🙂
    Freckled pudding. LOL Think you’ve done a good job with this pudding.

  11. Barbara Bakes Says:

    Both of you puddings look double good!

  12. Natalie Says:

    Mmm yum your puddings look great 😀 i love the look of the spotted dick, it looks delicious :).

  13. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) Says:

    Lovely pudding. Very nicely done!!

  14. Y Says:

    Freckled banana pudding sounds so cute!

  15. lisamichele Says:

    Oh wow..I can’t believe I missed your yummy banana steamed ‘pud’. I couldn’t take part in that challenge although I was going to make a peanut butter and jelly steamed pudding with butter instead of suet. Might just still do it after seeing yours and wanting to devour it!

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