How to make a steak and kidney pie

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How to make a steak and kidney pie
Make the classic steak and kidney pie. (Getty Thinkstock)

Steak and kidney pie is a traditional English main course. It is a hearty meal that is inexpensive to make and very tasty. Follow this simple recipe to make the comforting food at home.

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Things you need

  • 225grams (8 oz.) plain flour
  • 85 grams (3 oz.) shredded suet or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Water
  • 1 225 grams of stewing steak and kidney
  • 1 pint pudding basin
  • Rolling pin
  • Muslin cloth to cover basin
  • String
  • Large pan

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  1. 1

    Mix the flour, suet and salt and add enough cold water to kneed into a stiff dough.

  2. 2

    Cut off half of the dough and roll it out to a thickness to fit the pudding basin. Grease the inside of the basin line it with the dough.

  3. 3

    Add salt and pepper to taste to some flour, cut the steak and kidney into about 1 cm (1/2-inch) cubes and roll each cube in the flour mix.

  4. 4

    Put the meat into the basin and add 235 ml (1 cup) of cold water.

  5. 5

    Moisten the edge of the dough at the rim of the basin. Roll out the rest of the dough and place it on top to form a lid. Seal it by gently pressing the tines of a fork all the way around the rim. Prick the top of the dough "lid" to allow steam to escape.

  6. 6

    Put the muslin cloth over the top of the pudding basin and tie around with the string, looping it over the top to form a handle.

  7. 7

    Place the basin into the large pan and fill with water to just below the top of the pudding basin. Allow the dish to steam for 3 hours, then remove and serve.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep checking the steamer to make sure that the water doesn't boil dry. Keep adding water as necessary to maintain a consistent level.

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