Monday, 23 May 2016

Where does the pudding ‘Spotted Dick’ get its name from?

The pudding was first mentioned in 1849 in a cookbook. Some county councils banned the name so the pudding had to be called a ‘Spotted Richard’ instead.

The word ‘spotted’ is in reference to dried fruit in the pudding, whereas ‘dick’ is a dialect word meaning ‘plain pudding’. It’s probably a corruption of the word ‘puddick’ which changed to ‘puddink’ and then shifted to form our word ‘pudding’. 

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