The Dessert Which Must Not Be Named // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


As you might recall, we are kind of big Harry Potter fans around here, and last week we were trapped in the house, as it were, by Spring Break with no springtime weather in sight. We found ourselves leafing through The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook looking for something Tasty & Delicious to make.

And I have to admit, at the risk of sounding snobbishly American, much of the classically British fare served in the Hogwarts Great Hall sounds pretty unappetizing to me… Steak and Kidney Pudding, Bangers and Mash, Mincemeat anything. But Spotted Dick takes the cake… um, pudding. Er… well it’s a dessert, anyway.

Spotted Dick.

It sounds unwholesome, disgusting even.

It sounds like something to be discussed in hushed tones at the doctor’s office.

It sounds like something you wouldn’t want to put in your mouth. Um. Ever.

But, in reality, it’s just a Victorian-era sort of bread pudding; “spotted” for the raisins and currents in it, and “dick” because it’s allegedly another word for “pudding.”

And I suppose that it goes without saying that once this recipe was discovered by a nine-year-old boy, this was exactly the recipe that we had to make.

Spotted Dick // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Spotted Dick

(adapted from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook)

Fill a large pot with water (I used my brand new “cauldron” –it seemed fitting, don’t you think?) and place a shallow bowl in the pot. Bring the water to a simmer.

Grease (I used butter) a two-quart heatproof bowl with a tight-fitting lid, and set aside. (I set it in the pot to get warm.)

Whisk together:

2 cups all-purpose flour (yup, I really did use white flour)

2 cups bread crumbs (I used whole wheat bread; possibly a mistake) — I put day-old bread into my trusty Ninja and it blended right into breadcrumbs, just like the book suggested it would. No one was more surprised than me!

3/4 cups Sucanat (I reduced the sweetener from the original recipe, and it was still too sweet! And I sort of think I should have just gotten over myself–just this once–and used plain old organic sugar)

2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Spotted Dick // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Then add in 1 cup of cold butter (I like Kerrygold) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Toss in about 1/2 cup of dark raisins, 1/2 cup golden raisins, and 1 cup currants or cranberries. (I didn’t have a whole cup of cranberries, so I added extra raisins. Also, my golden raisins and dark raisins live in the same jar, so my measurements were inexact, at best. It was 2 cups of dried fruit, anyway!)

Pour in 3/4 cup of whole milk and fold it in until the mixture is uniformly moistened. Turn the mixture into the prepared dish– which, ahem, will be HOT– and press the top down.

Cover the dish with the lid, and place it in the pot. The water should come halfway up the sides of the dish. Steam for 3 hours.

Spotted Dick // A watched pot does, indeed, boil. Over. // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

The bowl we used in the bottom of the pot wasn’t shallow enough and the water boiled right out the cauldron. Plus it made scary blurpy noises, as the overturned bowl rattled around in the bottom of the cauldron.  We felt a bit like Neville Longbottom in a Potions class.

Balancing the whole thing on wooden spoons helped some.

After three hours, we removed it from the pot, inverted it onto a plate (it slid right out–yay!) and served it. The recipe suggest that you serve it with warm custard. We didn’t.

The kids loved it. The Boy, especially, who went through three servings in one sitting.

Personally, I didn’t care for it.

Spotted Dick // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Spotted Dick.

The Boy giggled every time he said it.

The Pixie likes to say it, with all the consonants articulated beautifully, followed by her own giggle that strongly implied that she knew perfectly well that she shouldn’t be mentioning her new favorite dessert in the school lunchroom. Though she probably will.

Spotted Dick.

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A fun dessert for spring break -- Spotted Dick. Guaranteed to make your kids giggle! // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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20 Responses to The-Dessert-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named

  1. you have to wonder if they liked it because of the name or if it was really tasty lol. Kids are something aren’t they?

  2. Andrea says:

    Hilarious post! I am giggling! May have to try Spotted Dick over at my house. Don’t know if I can bring myself to say it out loud…LOL!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks! The first time’s the hardest… come on, say it with me, Spotted Dick. Pretty soon you’ll be able to actually tell friends what you made for dessert. 😉

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  4. It looks like you all had fun, and your Spotted Dick looks delicious, Christine. It’s such a popular dessert over here in England, particularly at Sunday lunch. I have a friend who calls it “Spotted Richard” to save everyone’s blushes, but it still creates a bit of a giggle when you order Spotted Dick in a pub or restaurant!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      That’s funny! I never thought about actually *ordering* it! I wouldn’t be able to do it with a straight face!

  5. Sandra says:

    Funny Post 🙂
    I agree the names certainly make the recipes sound unappetizing.
    Thanks for sharing the bread recipe at the HomeAcre Hop!

  6. Jennifer says:

    My kids would howl if I told them I was serving them spotted dick… so therefore I must make this ASAP! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      I’m so glad there are other people out there who share my sense of humor! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  7. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

  8. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! Be sure to stop over today and link up a few of your most recent or most popular posts:

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks for having me! 🙂
      I’ll be sharing my Jammy Gummy Bites today!

  9. Crystelle says:

    Sounds pretty yummy! God for you for making food and books come alive for the kids….!! 🙂
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  11. Miz Helen says:

    A great dessert, which must not be named, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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