The weather turned cold and miserable today, so I decided to kill four birds with one stone:

  1. Steamed suet pudding, to help get though the weather
  2. Use up some oranges that were going past their best
  3. Answer the question: can you make suet pudding in a slow cooker
  4. Answer the question: can you use clingfilm instead of muslin and safe yourself a tonne of time.

You will need

  • 100g self raising flour
  • 100g suet
  • A pinch of salt
  • Enough fruit to fill a 1 litre pudding bowl and something sweet (I used 3 oranges, 1 tin of pears and a heaped spoonful marmalade)
  • A teaspoon or so of butter

Do

  • Prepare the fruit. I went for chunks of orange about 2cm across
  • Boil the kettle and stick the low cooker on
  • Mix the flour, suet, salt and enough cold water to make a very slightly sticky dough
  • Butter the inside of the pudding bowl
  • Press the dough into the bowl reserving enough to make a lid
  • Pile the fruit and marmalade in
  • Lid with the remaining dough. In my case it didn’t quite fit but it worked out ok
  • Clingfilm the pudding bowl
  • Stand the bowl in the slowcooker and pour the boiling water round it carefully
  • Cook for at least a couple of hours
  • Tinned custard is your friend

Result

Savoury as all heck.

Lined bowl Ready for a lid Baking 2 hours in, hour smells amazing Fresh from the boil Look at that texture GET IN MY FACE (with custard)