Saturday, May 1, 2010

Daring Baker's Challenge: Traditional British Pudding

The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

I'm sorry I'm posting so extra late but it took me more than a while to dare to use SUET !!!
Then I wondered where to get it . Finally I went to a big butcher's store and when I asked for it he looked puzzled and then got it out of the garbage... !
I finally had it !

As for the recipes I remembered that Nigel Slater in Appetite had a few recipes I liked and one of them used mincemeat that I had prepared long ago and stored in my freezer. The mincemeat was a vegetarian one but suet would be in the crust.

Once I decided to make them I wanted to try both puddings: the crust one and the sponge one I must say I loved both the sponge one was made with butter though . The crust made with suet is very very good so next thing is to try it savoury ! (I posted Nigel Slater's recipes at the end of the post)

Here I post the original recipes :

Type 1 Puddings — suet crusts.

Pudding Crust for both Savoury Pudding or Sweet Pudding (using suet or a suet substitute):


(250 grams/12 ounces) Self-raising flour (Note* If you cannot find self-raising flour, use a combination of all-purpose flour and baking powder.)
(175 grams/6 ounces) Shredded suet or suet substitute (i.e., Vegetable Suet, Crisco, Lard)
(a pinch) Salt and pepper (Note* If making a savory dish, can be replaced with spices for sweet if wished.)
(210 millilitres/a little less than a cup) Water (Note* You can use a milk or a water and milk mix for a richer pastry.)

1. Mix the flour and suet together.
2. Season the flour and suet mixture with salt and pepper if savory and just a bit of salt and/or spices if sweet.
3. Add the water, a tablespoonful at a time, as you mix the ingredients together. Make up the pastry to firm an elastic dough that leaves the bowl clean. The liquid amounts are only an estimate and most recipes just say water to mix.

4. Don’t over handle the pastry or it will be too hard.
5. Reserve a quarter for the lid and roll out the rest and line a well-greased bowl.
6. At this point add your filling.. a couple of options are give below but have fun and go wild!
7. Roll the final piece of pastry out into a circle big enough to cover the top of the basin, dampen the edges and put in position on the pudding, pinching the edges together to seal.
8. Seal well and cover with a double sheet of foil – pleated in the centre to allow room for expansion while cooking. Secure with string, and place it in a steamer over boiling water.
9. Steam for up to 5 hours, you may need to add more boiling water halfway through or possibly more often. There is a lot of leeway in this steaming time and different recipes give different steaming times. Delia Smith says 5 hours for Steak and kidney where as Mrs Beeton says 2.5 for a similar dish! One way to tell that it is cooked is when the pastry changes colour and goes from white to a sort of light golden brown. It is also hard to over steam a pudding so you can leave it bubbling away until you are ready.

This one is a steak and onion one cooked for 1.5 hours.

This sort of pastry can also be used as a topping for a baked meat pie and becomes quite a light crusty pastry when baked.

Savoury Pudding Filling options: steak and kidney pudding.

1 full amount of suet crust (see recipe above)
(450 grams/about 1 pound) Chuck steak
(225 grams/about 1/2 a pound) Ox kidney
1 medium-sized onion
2 teaspoons well-seasoned flour
splash of Worcestershire sauce

1. Chop the steak and kidney into fairly small cubes, toss them in seasoned flour, then add them to the pastry lined basin.
2. Pop the onion slices in here and there.
3. Add enough cold water to reach almost to the top of the meat and sprinkle in a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper.
4. Follow the rest of the instructions in the crust recipe to finish pudding.
5. Cook for at least 2.5 hours (Mrs Beeton) up to 5 hours (Delia Smith).

Sweet Pudding Options: Sussex Pond Pudding

1 amount of suet pastry (see recipe above)
(120 grams/4.2 ounces) Demerara Sugar
(120 grams/4.2 ounces) unsalted butter
1 large lemon

1. Cut the butter into small pieces and put half in the basin with half the sugar.
2. Prick the whole lemon (preferably one with a thin skin) all over, using a thick skewer.
3. Place on top of the butter and sugar in the basin.
4. Cover with the rest of the butter and sugar.
5. Finish building the pudding as per the pastry recipe.
6. Steam for 3 ½ hours, or longer (for a really tender lemon), adding more water if needed.
7. To serve, turn the pudding into a dish with a deep rim, when you slice into it the rich lemon sauce will gush out.
8. Make sure each person is served some of the suet crust, lemon and tangy luscious sauce.

Type 2 puddings – Steamed Suet Pudding, sponge type.

(100 grams/4 ounces) All-purpose flour
(1/4 teaspoon) salt
(1.5 teaspoons) Baking powder
(100 grams/4 ounces) breadcrumbs
(75 grams/3 ounces) Caster sugar
(75 grams/ 3 ounces) Shredded suet or suet substitute (i.e., Vegetable Suet, Crisco, Lard)
(1) large egg
(6 to 8 tablespoons) Cold milk

1. Sift flour, salt and baking powder into bowl.
2. Add breadcrumbs, sugar and suet.
3. Mix to a soft batter with beaten egg and milk
4. Turn into a buttered 1 litre/ 2pint pudding basin and cover securely with buttered greaseproof paper or aluminum foil.
5. Steam steadily for 2.5 to 3 hours
6. Turn out onto warm plate, Serve with sweet sauce to taste such as custard, caramel or a sweetened fruit sauce.

Spotted Dick - Add 75g/ 3oz currants and 25g/1 oz of mixed chopped peel with the sugar.
Syrup or Treacle or Marmalade Pudding – put 2 Tablespoons of golden syrup, treacle or marmalade at the bottom of the bowl before adding pudding mix.
My Fair Lady Pudding – Add finely grated rind of 1 medium orange or lemon with the sugar.
Ginger Pudding – replace the sugar with 100g/4oz of treacle, and add 1/2 tsp ground ginger.

Here are Nigel Slater's:

Crust Pudding :

200 gr self raising flour
100 gr suet
water about 6 TBS (I used less)

apples 1 kg peeled, cored and cut in thick slices
juice of one lemon
mincemeat about 8 TBS


work the flour with the suet and add just enough water so that it comes together.
rool the dough in a thick sausage and cut it in thin slices and press the in the buttered pudding basin s that it is covered leaving enough doug to roll for a lid.


cut the apples and mix with the lemon juice, add the mincemeat anf fill the prepared basin.

top it with the pastry lid.
Cover the pudding basin with greaseproof paper with a pleat cover it with foil and place it in a pan of boiling water filled so that the water comes to about a third of the basin . Steam for a good two hours (for me they were more and in the end I broiled the top that lookes too ugly!).

A sponge Pudding and his own Sauce.

100 gr butter
175 gr sugar
1 lemon
2 oranges
4 eggs
40 gr flour
400 ml milk

Grate all the rinds and flavour the sugar with them cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Separete the eggs and add the yolks to the butter mixture. Add the fluor and the milk followed by the juices of lemon and oranges.
Beat the egg whites until firm and add to the rest .
Fill a soufflè dish half way and put it in a rosting tin filled with hot water so that it reaches half of the soufflè dish. Bake for an hour or so until the top of the cake is springy.
As for the crust cake I used the broiler (too much !!).


Audax said...

I'm so impressed that you did it twice super work and they do look good. How did they taste you didn't mention what they tasted like.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

OBTW you do have a week's grace to do the challenge so you where not late. Audax

Mary said...

You did it! It's so funny that the butcher got the suet out of the garbage! The orange and lemon one looks so good with the custard in the bottom. How was it? I'm curious about the taste. Was the sponge made with suet too?

Ago said...

Eccotiiii!!!! :-D Speravo che arrivassi! Io la sugna l'ho evitata...non ero a casa mia ed ho dovuto fare tutto con mezzi di fortuna, ma m'è rimasta la curiosità :-D e poi vorrei provarlo anche salato :-D
Ti sono venuti benissimo, davvero!!!
Tanti bacioni
Ago :-D

Laura said...

Provero' la tua ricetta per il pudding al vapore. Quella che ho usato era troppo secca.

Ti e' piaciuto il sapore?

Buon fine settimana!

Faery said...

I love the picture with the custard in the bottom of the ramekin. I could not find any suet in any bucher store so I could not complete my challenge.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your puddings look lovely!



Marcellina said...

Well done, Natalia. You are so daring using the suet. I really just couldn't.