This is Grandma Davis’ famous Hot Cross bun recipe. I remember her making these by the dozen every year around Easter. She’d often get together with Great-grandma Heiser and Aunt Hyet Swartz and bake all day long. One year, probably in the late 1960’s, they made over 120 dozen. I found a card in Grandma’s recipe file that did all the ingredient extensions for multiplying the volume.
This is Grandma Davis’ recipe for Spotty Dog, an old English/Welsh dessert. This is massive in calories, so tread lightly. I used to love this as a youth, but haven’t had it in decades. I’m not sure I’d still like it.
I believe that the actual name for this dish is Spotted Dick, but knowing my mom (Betty Heiser Davis) and her mom (Harriett French Heiser) they changed the name to Spotty Dog to avoid any joking around.
By the way – you can buy canned Spotted Dick if you want to try this before making it. I’m sure a sauce recipe can also be found online.
Mix all ingredients together and form into a loaf shape. Roll (wrap) tightly in a clean white cloth. (Grandma sometimes would use a clean old man's hanky). Fasten in with large safety pins (including the ends).
Place on rack in large dutch oven (or large oven roasting pan). Cover with boiling water and cook for 3 hours. (Try to turn it over after 2 hours).
Let cool a while before removing the pins and wrapping.
Serve topped lightly with sugar. Grandma sometimes made a lemon sauce to go on top but I don't have this recipe.
Cook 1/2 cup rice in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain
While the rice cooks, heat 2 3/4 cup milk to boiling point stirring constantly. Add hot rice to milk and cook approximately 30 minutes. Add dash of salt and 1 tbsp butter.
Beat 1 egg until fluffy (temper egg by adding a few tbsp of hot milk to the egg so it doesn't scramble when you add it to the pot. Add to hot milk/rice mixture with a dash of cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla.
Pour into bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chill.
This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.