Spotted dick

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Spotted Dick
Spotted dick
Type Pudding
Place of origin United Kingdom
Creator(s) Alexis Soyer
Main ingredient(s) Suet, dried fruit

Spotted dick is a pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit (usually currants or raisins) commonly served with custard. Spotted refers to the dried fruit (which resemble spots) and dick may be a contraction or corruption of the word pudding (from the last syllable) or possibly a corruption of the word dough[1] or dog, as "spotted dog" is another name for the same dish with the use of plums rather than currants. Another explanation offered for the word "dick" is that it is the German word for "thick."

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest documented reference is a recipe for "Plum Bolster, or Spotted Dick", in Alexis Soyer's The modern Housewife or ménagère (1849).[2][3]

Hospital managers at Gloucestershire NHS Trust (in 2001)[4] and the catering staff at Flintshire County Council (in 2009)[5] renamed the pudding Spotted Richard on menus, in recognition of the fact that dick is a commonly used slang word for penis. Gloucestershire NHS Trust restored the original name in 2002. Flintshire County Council reversed their renaming after a few weeks.[6]

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  1. ^ What's the origin of "spotted dick"? – a 27 Aug 2002 Straight Dope article on the etymology of the name
  2. ^ "spotted, adj.". OED Online. March 2012. Oxford University Press. (accessed March 17, 2012).
  3. ^ (accessed March 17, 2012).
  4. ^ Spotted Dick back on menu 10 Sept 2002 BBC
  5. ^ Pudding renamed Spotted Richard BBC News 8 September 2009
  6. ^ Spotted Dick back on council menu BBC News 23 September 2009