Meanwhile, stateside fans will have to find a way to avoid the online chatter and will be attempting to fill the void to tide them over until January, 2013, when the season 3 premieres in America.
Luckily, here at VPT we're cooking up new ways to bring the Downton Abbey experience to the states. This week we would like to offer you a classic British recipe to bring the tastes and smells of old England into your home.
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One of the most intriguing puddings that we've come across is a British favorite called Spotted Dick. The recipe calls for a sweet and simple mixture of fruit, sugar, and flour. The surprise ingredient is something called Suet, which turns out to be animal fat used for baking.
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There are many variation the the recipe, but we found the simplest on about.com. We made a few alterations to cater to the American household, but the dish should nonetheless help you channel Mrs. Patmore.
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup currants
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 Lemon to make zest
1 cup self-raising flour
4 oz/ 1/2 cup grated frozen butter
1/4 cup milk
1. In a small bowl mix the raisins, currants, sugar and lemon rind for the filling.
2. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl; add the grated butter and the salt and rub together to combine.
3. Add a little milk and using a knife cut through the mixture, adding more milk little by little until it comes together. Finally use your hands to combine into a soft, elastic dough. Add more milk if necessary.
4. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle approx 8 x 12 inches.
5. Evenly spread the pudding filling mixture over the dough leaving a 1 cm / 1/2 inch border. Paint the border with a little cold water. Roll up carefully from the narrow end.
6. Wrap the pudding roll in foil and bake in a hot oven at 400ºF for 1 hour 30 minutes. Unwrap immediately, cut into thick slices and serve in warmed bowls with lashings of custard (or ice cream).
If this seems a bit ambitious for a Sunday afternoon, fear not. You can find Spotted Dick in a can at your local supermarket. We located one this morning in the British food section at our local Shaws.
If you'd rather leave the culinary masterpieces to the professionals, we invite you to join us at VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey on January 5th and 6th at The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex Junction, Vermont. The food promises to surpass anything found in a can! Get your tickets today and make sure you don't miss out on the amazing 6-course formal dining experience before the Season 3 premiere episode public screening. Visit www.vpt.org/DAExp for more information.