I would have preferred it to be steak and kidney pudding, but ‘im indoors won’t eat offal, so steak and mushroom it was. I made a batch of steak and mushroom pie filling a while back, and put half in the freezer, where it languished until Friday night.
The potential problem with a snake and pigmeat pudding is the timing – if you eat around 7 p.m, as we try to do, you need to put it on about 3 o’clock, and then you’re fairly tied to the house – making sure it doesn’t boil over, and topping it up with boiling water, and having a kitchen full of steam. So I wanted to try out the slow cooker for this.
Whipped up some suet crust pastry – 6 oz plain flour, 1 tsp of baking powder (you could use self raising flour and leave out the baking powder, but I rarely have SR flour in the house these days), 3 oz suet. Mix together with half a teaspoon of salt, and I added a little dried rosemary.
Then carefully add water, a little at a time, so you get a nice doughy texture – don’t make it too wet. Roll the dough into a circle, and cut out about a quarter, which you will use for the lid. Then grease a pudding basin (I think mine was a 2 pinter), and carefully place the dough in it; the cut out portion actually makes it a bit easier to manoeuver. Make sure there’s no gaps in the pastry.
Then in went the pie filling, I rolled out the lid dough and placed it on top, pinching the edges together, and put a tin foil hat on it, secured with a rubber band.
I put a small trivet in the bottom of the slow cooker, put the pudding basin on top of that, and filling it with boiling water – a full kettle’s worth. Set the slow cooker on high, and crossed my fingers. We ate it 4.5 hours later, and it was really lovely – the pastry was very light. If the pie filling weren’t cooked, I suspect it would need closer to eight hours, but I will investigate in due course.
|Originally published at Reactive Cooking.|