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Home-made Steak and kidney pudding recipe. Although this recipe takes 5 hours to cook, or burn, if you are forgetful, most of the time is in the boiling, the preparation is minimal, plus you have the benefit of the wonderful smell whilst it's cooking.

The pudding is known colloquially as "Babby's Yead" (Baby's Head) in certain areas of North West England.

The pressure cooker version of this recipe can be found here.

Steak and kidney pudding
Steak and kidney pudding, peas and mash
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:708
Ready in:5 hours 20 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:5 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:26th September 2013

Best recipe review

I love steak and kidney pud


A real heartwarming meal. This is a bit fiddly, but is worth the effort. Yum!

Paul R Smith


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe


  1. Pastry
  2. You can do this in a food processor, but don't over-mix it
  3. Sift the flour, salt into a large mixing bowl
  4. Season with black pepper
  5. Add the suet, a few drops of water and combine with the flour, using a palette knife
  6. Continue stirring, adding a few drops of water at a time until it starts to become a little clay-like
  7. Stop adding water now and mix with your hands
  8. Keep mixing until you have a smooth elastic dough. You can always make small adjustments by adding a little more flour or water as needed
  9. Divide the dough into ¼ for the lid and ¾ t line the bowl
  10. Roll out a circle, quite thick, about a foot in diameter and press into your pie-bowl
  11. Roll the remainder out as a lid so that it sits over the edges of the lined bowl
  12. Filling
  13. Trim the meat and kidneys of excess fat etc. so you have the correct weight. Feed your cats or dogs with the remainder!
  14. Season the flour with salt, pepper and mustard
  15. Dredge the meat and kidney in the seasoned flour
  16. Add all of the filling ingredients to a separate bowl. Crumble in the Oxo cube. Mix well with your hands.
  17. Fill the suet-lined bowl with the filling ingredients.
  18. Shake any remaining flour over the top and just cover the meat with cold water
  19. Add a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  20. Season with salt and pepper
  21. Wrapping and cooking
  22. Cover with a double layer of tin-foil, leaving a pleat for expansion
  23. Tie with kitchen string and make a handle affair if you are able. It assists with removal later
  24. Fill a lidded pan ¾ full with boiling water and lower the bowl into it, cover and boil for 5 hours. Yes that's five hours!
  25. Set a timer for every hour so you can check that it's not boiled dry and top up if needed

Serving suggestions

Serve with mashed potatoes and peas and gravy.

Don't try and invert a pudding of this size onto a plate. You are inviting disaster, and for no sensible reason. Trust me. Serve it directly out of the bowl!

Chef's notes

  • Don't sit the bowl on a saucer in the pan. It will probably be broken after 5 hours
  • Next time, using this quantity, I would make 2 separate puddings
  • Check the use-by date of the suet, I had a batch of suet-pudding failures, which I eventually traced to years out-of-date packet suet. It does go off.
  • Suet can be frozen and keeps for ever this way. Defrost naturally.


I often make 2 separate puddings using this recipe. I make the first using half the cooked meat and freeze the remainder for the other pudding. Always make the suet mix on the day you plan to cook the pudding. I use 200 g of plain flour and 100 g of suet for each of the smaller puddings.

Other variations can be found on the comments page.

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