Steak and kidney pudding

PennyBy Penny    

February 5, 2016


3 lambs kidneys

700g braising steak cut into cubes

3tblspn plain flour

Salt and pepper

4-5 tblspn veg/sunflower oil

200ml red wine or stock

1 onion , diced

A few sprigs of thyme

1-2 bayleaves

500ml beef stock

1 tblspn tomato puree

For the pastry ;

350 g SR flour

175g suet

0.5 tspn sea salt

Cold water to bind

A little butter to grease the bowl


1To oven cook the meat ; preheat the oven to 170c

2Rinse and pat dry the kidneys . Cut them in half , cut out the cores and then cut into pieces

3Divide the flour between 2 bags and season with salt and pepper

4Put the steak in 1 bag and the kidney in another . Shake the bags well that's coat in the seasoned flour

5Heat a little oil in a large pan fry the meat in batches adding more oil if needed

6Remove the browned meat and put it into an oven proof pan

7Add some more oil and fry the onions over a low heat until softened. Stir the onion name through the meat in the casserole dish

8Deglaze the frying pan with the wine , bring it to the boil , scraping up all the bits from the bottom of the frying pan .

9Pour the wine , stock , herbs and tomato purée over the meat and onions and stir well

10Put the pan on the hob and bring it to the boil. Reminds be a couple of ladlefuls of the gravy and reserve.

11Put a lid on and oven cook for about 2 hours . If preferred cook on the hob for same length of time .

12After 2 hours put on the hob or turn up the heat to thicken the gravy . Leave to cool.

13Put the flour , salt and suet in a large bowl . Stir in just enough COLD water to make a soft pastry

14Knead the pastry on a floured surface. Cut off about a 1/4 of the pastry and reserve

15Butter a 2pint pudding bowl. Roll put the pastry to about anything thick about the size of a dinner plate

16Line the bowl with the pastry , leaving an overhang

17Remove the bayleaves from the mix and pour it into the pastry lined bowl.

18Roll put the reserved pastry to make a lid . Place it over the pudding and seal with water, pressing the edges well to seal

19Cover the pudding with a large pleated circle of baking paper . Make a pleat in the paper to allow expansion. Do the same with a circle of tin foil. Tie both tightly with string

20Put the pudding on an upturned saucer in a large pan . Add enough boiled water to come halfway up the sides of the basin .

21Cover the pan with a lid and and cook on a medium heat for 2-2.5 hours, adding more water if needed

22Let the pudding stand for 5 minutes before serving , heat up the remaining gravy to serve with it

23This can be cooked in the slow cooker for 6-8hours

24The kidney can be swapped for 4oz of mushrooms , left whole and stored through the cooked steak and onions