Steak and kidney pudding (PC)

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Cooking steak and kidney pudding in a pressure cooker reduces the cooking time by more than half compared to the conventional method.

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

Steak and kidney pudding (PC)
Steak and kidney pudding, peas and mash
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:712
Ready in:2 hours 20 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:2 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:26th September 2013

Best recipe review

Pressure cooked pud. is THE BEST


And it's the most economical way to cook this recipew.

Paul R Smith

Suet crust


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  1. Sift the flour and the salt into a large mixing bowl
  2. Season with black pepper
  3. Add the suet, a few drops of water and combine with the flour, using a palette knife
  4. Continue stirring, adding a few drops of water at a time until it starts to become a little clay-like
  5. Stop adding water now and mix with your hands
  6. 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
  7. Divide the dough into ¼ for the lid and ¾ t line the bowl
  8. Roll out a circle, quite thick, about a foot in diameter and press into your pie-bowl
  9. Roll the remainder out as a lid so that it sits over the edges of the lined bowl


  1. Trim the meat and kidneys of excess fat etc. so you have the correct weight. Feed your cats or dogs with the remainder!
  2. Season the flour with salt, pepper and mustard
  3. Dredge the meat and kidney in the seasoned flour
  4. Add all of the filling ingredients to a separate bowl. Crumble in the Oxo cube. Mix well with your hands.
  5. Fill the suet-lined bowl with the filling ingredients.
  6. Shake any remaining flour over the top and just cover the meat with cold water

Wrapping and cooking

  1. Cover with a double layer of tin-foil, leaving a pleat for expansion
  2. Tie with kitchen string.
  3. Quarter fill the pressure cooker with boiling water.
  4. Place the bowl in the shallow trivet.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 2 hours.
  6. Allow the pressure to come down naturally.

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.

This recipe was tested in a WMF 6.5 litre pressure cooker. On this model high pressure is represented by two red rings showing (117°C)

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