I know, it sounds more like a venereal disease than a delicious dessert but it is definitely a favourite of mine, when I can find it. Such a notorious delight is worthy of its own thread. From the eG search engine I see it was discussed 5 years ago here and I did see another topic about English puddings, but I can't seem to find it.
Spotted Dick, as I know it, is: flour, salt, suet, raisins or currants, and breadcrumbs steamed into pudding form then served with custard or brown sugar.
I'd like to see some spotted dick recipes, anecdotes and/or images . . .
O.K. You asked for it! I'll post the recipe in the Recipe section tonight, but first I'd like to clarify a few points. In my large cockney extended family, we always called it "Spotted Dog". I have always assumed that the name derived from its resemblance to a dalmation dog.
The steamed sponge pudding that some manufacturers put out in canned form is most definitely NOT a Spotted Dick(or Dog).
Looking at the forum you referenced it said something about hospital managers named it spotted richard to avoid embarrassment to patients who requested it! I personally can't believe it would ever be served in a hospital as delicious as it is, it is surely terrible for your cholesterol.
My Mum would serve it hot with Tate and Lyles Golden Syrup drizzled over, or occasionally, with Bird's Custard. My American wife discovered that she likes it sliced and fried in butter then served with syrup!
The first suet pudding I made shortly after we were married horrified her during the mixing and she confessed later that she thought she would be ill if she ate it. She not only ate it that night but had the left overs for breakfast the next day!
By the way, after we had the steak suet pudding the other night (see: "What did we have for Dinner?"thread) I made a spotted dog with the left over pastry.