Beefsteak and Kidney Pudding

A traditional English meat pudding, Beefsteak andKidney Pudding is a perfect main dish for a winter’s meal. It should be brought to the table steaming hot with the basin wrapped in a white napkin. Served straight from the bowl, it may be accompanied by mashed potatoes and peas.

1 lb. self-raising flour

½ teaspoon salt

8 oz. suet, shredded

10 fl. oz. water

1 ½ lb. chuck steak, cut into

½ inch cubes

½ lb. ox kidney, cut into small pieces

2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon salt

I- teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons chopped mixed herbs

Sift the flour and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the suet with your fingertips. Mix in the water and make a soft dough. Using your hands, knead the dough, lightly, on a floured board until smooth and elastic.

With a floured rolling pin roll out the dough to a large circle about J-inch thick. Cut a triangle (about one-third of the diameter) out of the circle and reserve it. Line a 2{- to 3-pint pudding basin with the large piece of dough, dampen the edges from where the triangle was cut and bring them together. Press the dough to the shape of the basin and trim the top edges.

Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil over moderate heat.

Using a large plate or a wooden board, roll the beef and kidney pieces in a mix-ture of the flour, salt, pepper and the mixed herbs. Coat all the pieces on all sides.

Put the meat into the lined basin and fill this up to two-thirds with cold water. Lightly knead the reserved piece and the trimmings of dough together and roll out to a circle large enough to cover the basin. Dampen the edges of the dough and place on top of the meat. Press the edges of the dough together to seal. Cover with lightly greased aluminium foil or a cloth, large enough to contain a 2-inch pleat across the centre. Tie a piece of string under the rim of the basin.

Put the basin into, or in a steamer over, the boiling water, cover with a lid and steam for 3 hours. Add more water when necessary. Before serving, remove the foil or cloth.

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