Steak and Kidney Pudding with Smoked Oysters

Homely, warming and typically British, Lotte Duncan's steak pudding recreates the appeal of nostalgic cooking
By Lotte Duncan
Steak and Kidney Pudding with Smoked Oysters
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Effort: easy


For the suet crust pastry

  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • pinches salt
  • 25 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 150 g suet
  • 125 ml cold water

For the filling

  • 700 g skirt beef, cut into 1.5cm cubes
  • 175 g ox kidney, cut into 1.5cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp seasoned flour
  • 150 g smoked oysters, from a tin, approximate quantity
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley


1. Prepare the pastry by sifting the flour with the salt. Add the breadcrumbs, thyme and mustard powder. Stir in the suet and mix in enough of the cold water to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth.

2. Grease and line a750ml capacity pudding basin. Take two-thirds of the pastry and roll out into a circle about 2.5cm thickness.

3. Dust the centre of the pastry with flour, then fold in half and shape a large dart in the double-layer of pastry. It should taper to a point on the fold.

4. Place the point in the bottom of the basin and then open out the pastry. Press the bottom gently with your fist and then work the pastry up the edge of the basin leaving about 2.5cm hanging over the top. Roll out the remaining pastry to a round which will be for the top.

5. Roll the meat in the seasoned flour, take out and then mix in a bowl with the chopped oysters, onion and parsley. Spoon everything into the basin.

6. Pour in enough cold water to cover the meat by three-quarters. Dampen the edges of the pastry with cold water, put on the lid, and roll and pinch the edges together.

7. Cover with greased pleated greaseproof paper, followed by pleated aluminium foil. Scrunch the edges together.

8. Steam for 3-4 hours.

9. You don't need to turn this out to serve - simply spoon everything out from the bowl onto plates.

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