To make the dick, combine the flour, suet, currants, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to mix well. Add the milk and stir until a stiff, slightly sticky dough forms. On a lightly floured work surface, flatten the dough into a rectangle about
Bring a saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil and carefully lower the pudding into the pan. Allow the water to come back to a full boil, cover the pan, and then turn down the heat so the water is still at a rolling boil but not bubbling too vigorously. Boil the pudding for 2 hours, keeping an eye on the water level and adding more boiling water as needed to keep the pudding submerged.
Meanwhile, make the custard, which for this recipe should be thick and gloopy. Lightly whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch in a heatproof bowl until the cornstarch dissolves. Combine the milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and slowly pour the hot milk into the egg yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the pan, add a little flavoring if you like (2 or 3 teaspoons will do), and return the pan to very low heat. Stir the mixture continuously until it starts to thicken. If you have a thermometer, the custard should start to thicken at about 160°F (74°C) and will start to curdle at 175°F (80°C). Remove the custard from the heat and keep stirring for another few minutes until it stops cooking. If you don’t need the custard immediately, cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly against the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
When the dick is done, carefully remove it from the pan, let it rest for about 10 minutes, and then gently turn it out of the cloth onto a serving plate and cut into slices to serve. Pour the warm custard into a pitcher and serve on the side.
MRS. HUGHES: I hear you’re getting on well with your mathematics, Daisy.
BAXTER: An extra feather in your cap.
DAISY: Yes, it is. But now I wonder...
CARSON: You wonder what?
DAISY: Well, should I stop there?
MRS. PATMORE: That’s enough, Daisy. Come and carry the spotted dick!
˜ SEASON 5, EPISODE 3
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