The British call this type of dessert Spotted Dick. Is it just me, or does that sound a tad obscene? Tee hee. Anyway, although I'm writing this in Australia where we are currently having a heat wave, Google statistics indicate that the majority of people who visit this blog are in the northern hemisphere. How 'bout that! So here's a fabulously easy and yummy pudding, for anyone who needs a cosy winter warmer ...
1 cup flour
1 cup dried fruit (such as sultanas or currants)
0.5 cup sugar
0.5 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
0.5 cup boiling water
Melt the baking soda and butter in the water. Mix in all other ingredients. Wrap dough in a cloth, tie top with room to swell. Place the bundle in a saucepan of boiling water, and boil for one hour, topping up the water in the saucepan as it evaporates. Serve with whipped cream.