Elevate Your Dessert Game with Instant Pot Spotted Dick

Looking for a classic British dessert that’s both gluten-free and easy to make? Look no further than this instant pot spotted dick recipe, a delicious sponge pudding filled with raisins, currants, and lemon zest. Traditionally made with suet, this version swaps in vegetarian alternatives, resulting in a dish that’s not only lighter but also entirely plant-based.

This weird and wacky dessert is perfect for those who crave something sweet but want to avoid the traditional Christmas pudding. With its light and fluffy texture, the spotted dick sponge pudding is sure to please any palate. Plus, using an instant pot makes it easier than ever to create a steamed pudding with perfect results every time.

In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through every step of the process and provide tips and recommendations for creating a flawless dessert. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this instant pot spotted dick recipe is guaranteed to be a hit on any occasion. So let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free)
Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free)

Get ready for the ultimate British comfort food with our gluten-free and dairy-free Instant Pot Spotted Dick recipe. This recipe combines a classic steamed pudding technique with modern technology, resulting in an exquisite sponge pudding that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

The beautifully golden crumbly sponge is studded with sultanas, raisins, and currants, which add the perfect sweetness to every bite. And let’s not forget about the citrusy notes that come from the lemon zest. The subtle aroma of lemon blends seamlessly with the sweet dried fruit to make you feel like you’re walking through an orchard on a sunny day.

But what makes this recipe truly special is that it’s completely gluten-free, making it safe for anyone with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Instead of traditional wheat flour, we used a combination of cornstarch, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum to mimic the texture of self-raising flour – without any of the gluten.

Moreover, we’ve swapped out beef suet for vegetarian suet to make this dessert even healthier. Now you can indulge in this classic dish without sacrificing your dietary preferences or restrictions.

Whether you’re looking for a new Christmas pudding recipe or just want to experiment with weird and wacky British desserts, our Instant Pot Spotted Dick Sponge Pudding will not disappoint. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, even beginners can make spotted dick like a pro using an instant pot.

So why not give our recipe a try? This classic British dessert has been given a modern makeover, allowing it to be enjoyed by everyone. Trust me; one bite of this warm sponge will transport you straight back to your childhood days!

Ingredient List

 Dive into this delicious gluten-free instant pot spotted dick dessert!
Dive into this delicious gluten-free instant pot spotted dick dessert!

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free) recipe.

  • Self-raising flour: 100 g
  • Caster sugar: 50 g
  • Gluten-free self-raising flour: 100 g
  • Cornstarch: 1 tbsp
  • Tapioca starch: 1 tbsp
  • Xanthan gum: 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Beef or vegetarian suet: 50 g
  • Sultanas/raisins: 75 g
  • Currants: 25 g
  • Lemon zest: From one lemon
  • Egg: 1 large, beaten
  • Milk: 3/4 cup

With these simple ingredients, you can make a traditional British steamed pudding in no time using your Instant Pot. Don’t forget to double-check that you have everything before starting, as proprietary blends of gluten-free flours can vary in quality and composition. Ensure also that suet does not contain wheat flour.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't believe how easy it is to make this gluten-free spotted dick in your instant pot!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this gluten-free spotted dick in your instant pot!

Now comes the moment of truth, we’re going to learn how to make Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free). Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

Start by assembling everything you’ll need:

  • 100g self-raising or gluten-free flour
  • 50g cornstarch
  • 50g tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g beef suet or vegetarian suet if you prefer
  • 75g sultanas, raisins or currants (or a mixture)
  • Zest of half a lemon (or more if you like lemon)
  • 100ml full-fat milk or dairy-free alternative
  • 1 large egg

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients Together

In a mixing bowl, combine your flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Mix thoroughly.

Add in the suet or vegetarian suet and mix until everything is evenly distributed.

Add in the sultanas, raisins or currants, along with the lemon zest. Stir to combine.

In a separate jug or bowl, whisk together your milk and egg until well combined.

Pour this mixture into your mixing bowl and stir until you have a soft dough.

Step 3: Add to Instant Pot & Cook

Spoon your dough into a suitable pudding basin. If you’re using an Instant Pot, find a vessel that fits into it nicely.

Grab the steam rack that came with your Instant Pot (or use any other steamer basket) and place it at the bottom of the pot. Add some water (about an inch) to the bottom of the pot.

Place your pudding bowl onto the steam rack/basket inside the Instant Pot.

Lock the Instant Pot lid and set it to cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.

Once the cooking time is up, let the pressure naturally release. You can do this by allowing the Instant Pot to sit for a few minutes or using a quick release.

Carefully remove the pudding from the Instant Pot (use mitts). Leave it to cool slightly before slicing.

Step 4: Serving

Serve your Instant Pot Spotted Dick warm with custard, whipped cream or ice cream as desired.

Enjoy your delicious gluten-free version of this classic British dessert!

Substitutions and Variations

 Your tastebuds will thank you for this decadent and satisfying gluten-free dessert.
Your tastebuds will thank you for this decadent and satisfying gluten-free dessert.

Instant Pot Spotted Dick is a versatile recipe that can be customized to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Whether you’re looking to make a gluten-free or vegetarian version, there are plenty of options available. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

– Beef suet: Traditional spotted dick recipe calls for beef suet, which is the fat found around the kidneys of cows. However, if you’re vegetarian, you can use vegetable suet as a substitute. This will give you the same texture and flavor as the beef suet.

– Gluten-free flour: If you’re sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, you can use gluten-free self-rising flour instead of regular self-rising flour. You can also make your own gluten-free flour blend using 100 grams of tapioca starch, 50 grams of cornstarch, and 50 grams of gluten-free baking powder.

– Milk: Any unsweetened non-dairy milk can be used instead of regular milk. Almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk would all work well.

– Raisins and currants: You can use any combination of dried fruits in this recipe, such as sultanas, raisins, currants, or dried cherries.

– Lemon zest: If you don’t have lemon on hand or prefer a different flavor profile, you could substitute orange zest, lime zest or add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to your taste preference.

– Xanthan Gum: If you want to make sure your GF cake is nice and fluffy without being too crumbly in texture then adding xanthan gum helps with that. If using gluten full flour it’s not needed but for GF ingredients it does help with texture.

These variations will still result in a delicious spotted dick sponge pudding that will wow your guests with its flavorful taste and texture. Be sure to experiment and find your favorite instant pot spotted dick recipe to perfect for your personal taste.

Serving and Pairing

 Finally, a gluten-free version of the classic British dessert - and it's just as delicious!
Finally, a gluten-free version of the classic British dessert – and it’s just as delicious!

Serving and pairing the delicious spotted dick sponge pudding will take your taste buds on a journey to traditional British cuisine. This dessert can be served hot or cold, making it perfect for any time of the year.

A classic serving suggestion for spotted dick is with warm vanilla custard drizzled over the top of the pudding. However, you can also opt for whipped cream, ice cream, or even a sprinkle of powdered sugar. If you’re feeling extra fancy, add a touch of lemon zest as a garnish to elevate the flavors in the dish.

To pair with this sweet and flavorful dessert, sip on a cup of tea or coffee to complement the richness of the pudding. For those who prefer something stronger, pair with a glass of sherry or brandy to create a truly indulgent dining experience.

The gluten-free instant pot spotted dick sponge pudding is perfect for occasions such as Christmas dinner or when you crave comfort food on those weird and wacky days. With its simple yet elegant taste and presentation, this traditional British treat is sure to impress and satisfy guests at any table.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You won't miss the gluten in this instant pot spotted dick dessert!
You won’t miss the gluten in this instant pot spotted dick dessert!

One of the best things about this Instant Pot Spotted Dick recipe is how easy it is to make ahead and store for later. For those who prefer to meal prep, or just want to have a dessert ready for guests, this recipe can definitely come in handy.

To make ahead, follow the recipe as usual but instead of serving it immediately, let the Spotted Dick cool down in the instant pot and then transfer it into an airtight container. Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

When reheating, you can either thaw out the frozen pudding overnight in the fridge or reheat it straight from the fridge. Using an Instant Pot makes reheating a breeze- just pop the Spotted Dick back into the Instant Pot and select “saute” mode. Cook for 2-4 minutes while stirring occasionally until heated through.

If you prefer not to use an Instant Pot, you can also reheat it inside a steamer basket over a medium high heat on top of your stovetop until heated through.

One thing to keep in mind when reheating is that pudding tends to dry out quickly if left exposed to air for too long. To avoid this, cover your Instant Pot or steamer basket with a lid while reheating to retain moisture and preserve its soft sponge texture.

Whether you’re looking to save time or just love having dessert on hand, this Instant Pot Spotted Dick recipe is perfect for anyone who wants an easy, fuss-free dessert option that will stay fresh and delicious even after reheating.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This is the perfect gluten-free dessert to impress your dinner guests!
This is the perfect gluten-free dessert to impress your dinner guests!

Getting the perfect sponge pudding texture can be a challenge, especially when you are dealing with gluten-free ingredients. Here are some tips to ensure success with this Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten-Free) recipe:

1. Proper Mixing Technique: Mix all the dry ingredients- self-raising flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, cornstarch, tapioca starch and caster sugar – together before adding in the wet ingredients – eggs, milk and beef (or vegetarian) suet. Be sure to stir well until everything is well combined.

2. Add Enough Lemon Zest: The lemon zest adds a zesty touch to the recipe and complements the sweetness of the raisins and currants perfectly. Be generous with it – 1 tbsp of lemon zest should do the trick.

3. Choose High-Quality Ingredients: Quality ingredients are essential for optimal flavor and texture. Opt for fresh eggs and high-quality beef or vegetarian suet when making this recipe.

4. Use an Instant Pot: Using an Instant Pot for steaming gives precise temperature control and ensures that your spotted dick pudding cooks evenly.

5. Grease Your Pudding Tin: To avoid sticking, grease your 4 cup pudding tin generously with butter or oil before pouring in the mixture.

6. Steam for the Full Time: Ensure you steam your pudding for the full 55-minutes, as listed in the recipe steps, for a perfectly cooked spotted dick sponge pudding.

7. Let it Rest: After cooking, let your spotted dick rest for about 10 minutes before removing it from the Instant Pot to allow it to firm up slightly and to reduce any moisture.

8. Serve Warm with Custard: Warm spotted dick served with custard is unbeatable! Drizzle your favorite custard all over your sponge pudding before serving for a perfect match made in heaven.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to create a delicious Instant Pot Spotted Dick that’s sure to please your guests’ taste buds.

Bottom Line

This Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free) Recipe is a definite winner on so many levels. Not only is it easy to make and requires minimal preparation, but it also provides a delicious and healthy treat that can be enjoyed by everyone – including those with gluten and dairy sensitivities. The recipe opens up a world of possibilities in which traditional British desserts like the Spotted Dick Sponge Pudding can be enjoyed in new and creative ways.

By using xanthan gum, tapioca starch, cornstarch, and other gluten-free substitutes, this Instant Pot Spotted Dick Recipe ensures that everyone can enjoy this classic dessert without having to worry about dietary restrictions. Moreover, the use of an Instant Pot cuts down the cooking time significantly thus eliminating the need to steam the pudding for hours on end.

The final product has a light and fluffy texture that is perfectly complemented by the rich flavor of fresh sultanas, raisins, currants, and the zest of lemon. While the recipe is perfect as it is, there’s always room for experimentation. You can try making Spotted Dick Pudding using vegetarian suet or add your own twist to it by incorporating your favorite toppings or switching out some of the ingredients entirely.

In conclusion, I strongly encourage you to give this Instant Pot Spotted Dick Recipe a try. It’s delicious, healthy, gluten-free, and easy to make. Whether you’re looking for an indulgent dessert idea or just something weird and wacky to serve up at Christmas dinner parties, this recipe ticks all those boxes. So what are you waiting for? Whip up this recipe today and impress your friends and family with a traditional British dessert made from scratch with modern techniques!

Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free)

Instant Pot Spotted Dick (Gluten Free) Recipe

If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can use a covered pot or steamer pot with boiling water on the stove for 2 hours. Build a platform with some cookie cutters or crumbled foil. Also, make sure your suet is gluten free. Many kinds of suet you buy have wheat flour in them. I found some shredded suet that is suet and nothing else. It freezes well.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 1 pudding cake
Calories 3002.4 kcal


  • 1 cup shredded beef suet (cold, gluten free)
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch or 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 currants
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)


  • Using a food processor or high speed blender, add the suet, sweet rice flour, starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Pulse blend until it's mixed thoroughly. Then add suet/flour mixture to a mixing bowl.
  • Add egg to the suet/flour mixture in the mixing bowl, and begin gently mixing with a spatula. Slowly add the milk and continue to mix gently until a ball of dough is formed. You may have to start using your hands to get it thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add your currants, raisins and zest and mix with your hands.
  • Grease a pudding basin or bowl. I used a 4 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup. Place the dough in there and pat it flat on top.
  • Cover with parchment paper, then foil, and secure the edges with an elastic or twine.
  • Put 3-4 cups of water in an Instant Pot (depending on the size of pot you have), and place your steamer rack on the bottom. Place your basin/bowl on top of the steamer rack, secure the lid, and seal the valve.
  • Press "Steam" (or "Manual" and make sure it's on High Pressure and Normal) and set the timer for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Then leave it to steam.
  • After the timer goes off and the steaming is finished, open the valve to do the Quick Release of pressure. Remove the lid and carefully remove the (hot) basin/bowl. Let it sit to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the parchment and foil, and gently invert the pudding onto a plate. Serve with your favourite custard.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 661gCalories: 3002.4kcalCarbohydrates: 219.5gProtein: 22.1gFat: 224.7gSaturated Fat: 123.7gCholesterol: 357.6mgSodium: 2048.2mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 21.8g
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