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Never heard of it? Well, actually this is an English food, but the roundabout connection with Confederate cooking is that the Confederacy’s best commerce raiding warships, like ‘Alabama’ and ‘Shenandoah’ were made in England.  The workers who built these ships probably enjoyed this interesting sweet pudding.
    My Spotted Dick recipe comes from about six different sources.  Everyone was telling me different ways to make it and so I took bits I liked from each to make this unique (I think) recipe.  Traditionally Spotted Dick is served with custard, which you can either buy ready made or mix up yourself.

What you need
A linen towel
Some string
2 cups of self-raising flour
1 cup of suet (must be skinned)
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of lard
1 cup of water

What you do
Mix together the flour, sugar, suet and raisins.  When these ingredients are well mixed rub in the lard.  Gradually add the water and mix into a dough.  Turn the dough out onto a floured table and roll into a large sausage shape (about 3 inches diameter). Unless you have some very large saucepans (15 inch plus in diameter) you will have to cut the dough sausage in two and cook each part separately.  Lightly cover your linen towel with flour, wrap it around the dough and tie both ends with string. Boil in a saucepan of water for two hours.

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