Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Daring Bakers: Steamed Suet Pudding

The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

This month's challenge was to make a traditional British steamed pudding, using suet, if possible. I've made steamed puddings before, especially around the holidays, but I've never used suet. That was my challenge.

I found a meat market that had suet on hand, so I stopped by and picked up half a pound.

Since it resisted crumbling, I had to render out the fat. Over slow heat, this took about two hours.

All the remaining ingredients were
ready to go, so it only took minutes to mix once the rendered suet had cooled. I made a very simple pudding, using grated lime rind as a flavoring.

The steaming setup was a pot within a pot. I let it cook for three hours.

My mold is deep and the amount of batter was small, so, although the pudding rose, it didn't fill the entire mold.

It did, however, unmold quite nicely. The pudding was a bit on the crumbly side, with an interesting flavor profile that is hard to explain. I suspect it is related to the rendered suet. I had a piece with some golden syrup poured over it. I plan to make some lime sauce to complement the lime zest and I think that will hit the flavor spot.

Thanks to Esther and the Daring Bakers for another interesting challenge. For recipes and background information, do stop by Esther's blog.


The Betz Family said...

It looks like a beautiful spongecake! I didn't use suet in my sweet spongecake varieties because I wasn't sure what it would taste like. I did use suet in the pastry crust savory pudding and it tasted fine. Great job on your challenge!

Kayte said...

I have always been intrigued by this whole steamed pudding thing and have never had it...I think the thought of suet being in there makes me intrepid. Yours looks lovely...but seriously, can you TASTE that suet????

Audax said...

Wow that pudding looks wonderful and so moist and I love the texture. Great work on this challenge and your pictures are lovely. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.