Recipe: Spotted dick with banana

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  • 300g/10½oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150g/5¼oz shredded suet (vegetarians can use vegetable suet)
  • 75g/2½oz sugar
  • 100g/3½oz currants
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 2 bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 150ml/5¼fl oz whole milk
  • butter, for greasing
  • custard, to serve


  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, suet, sugar, currants and orange zest.
  • Stir in the banana pieces and gradually pour in the milk to make a dough.
  • Roll the dough into a cylinder about 15cm x 5cm/6in x 2in. Wrap loosely in buttered greaseproof paper, leaving room for it to rise, and seal at each end.
  • Place the pudding into a steamer, cover and steam for an hour.
  • To serve, remove the pudding from the steamer and cut into slices. Place into serving bowls and pour some custard over


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