Spotted dick

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Spotted Dick
Spotted dick
Type Pudding
Place of origin United Kingdom
Main ingredients 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]

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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).