Other than Uranus, there’s only one other object in the universe that creates such a bout of name-based childish sniggering. And it’s this popular pudding.
What’s Spotted Dick?
It’s a sponge pudding that features fruit and definitely not any male body parts. Indeed, the “dick” bit is an English dialectical term for “dough”.
Alexis Benoit Soyer (1810-1858) mentions it for the first time in history in the The modern Housewife or ménagère (1940). Soyer became a famous chef in England and was one of the top names during the Victorian era.
These days, of course, it’d be called “spotted pudding” or “spotted dessert”. And we’re sure “dick” didn’t have any negative connotations 200 years ago.
So, yes. It’s a tasty pudding. It definitely isn’t something else your immature brain is suggesting it may be. Here’s an image from Daring Gourmet.
Looks nice, eh? Pretty. Like your average tasty pudding. Your average tasty pudding with a name seemingly invented by some bored teenage boys.
As you already know, this thing is available in a can. But you can also put some effort in a bake the thing yourself. Yeah?
How to Make Spotted Dick
Gorgeous hunky man bloke again here with Jamie Oliver. The ingredients you’ll need for spotted dick include:
250 grams of self-raising flour
A small amount of salt
125 grams of shredded suet (that’s raw beef mutton—you can use vegetable shortening to get around that)
180 grams of currants
80 grams of caster sugar
Finely grated zest of one lemon
Finely grated zest of one small orange
150 milimetres of whole milk
Why Does Spotted Dick Have Such an Offensive Name?
It’s history, we told you, it’s due to what Victorians gave a slang name for “dough”. Not every Tom, Dick, and Harry went into making this thing.
Nor was it meant to be vulgar and/or a bit weird. It’s just a name that didn’t age at all well.
Examples of dodgy pudding names in our era would include the following:
- Poopy pants pudding.
- The bastard banana bread.
- Dickhead dessert.
- Fuddy-duddy fudge.
- Craptastic cake.
- Damn tiramisu.
- Bellend brûlée.
- Silly sausage ice cream.
- Knickerbocker glory.
- Baked lemon meringue arse.
However, spotted dick remains the worst offender. We should imagine it’s banned in many nations with a disgraceful name like that!