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Steak and Kidney Pudding - British Memories

Updated on November 7, 2013

I was born in England, but have lived in Australia for many years. My sister Steve and I hadn’t seen each other for about ten years, since our mum died. When Steve decided to come and visit me in Australia she asked what I wanted and I told her “a steak and kidney pudding.” She thought I was joking at first but I told her that was the only thing I couldn’t get here that I missed.

As requested she arrived with a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pudding packed in her luggage, with strict instructions I couldn’t have it until she had left.We had a great time visiting lots of places in Canberra and our cousin Peter who lives in South Australia came over and spent one weekend with us while she was staying with me.

The three of us spent a day at the Botanic Gardens and my sister asked Peter what he missed most about England. Straightaway he said steak and kidney puddings!We had a good chuckle about it and all agreed the tinned ones were tasty but nothing was as good as the ones mum used to make.

For those who have never come across steak and kidney puddings they are made with suet pastry instead of the normal pie pastry, and contain chunk of steak and kidney in a gravy. They are best steamed. You make a couple of holes in the lid using a can opener and place the can in a pan of water so that the water won’t go over the top, then you steam it. Apparently they can be microwaved too, but I like mine steamed.

About 2 weeks after Steve went home I cooked the steak and kidney pudding one evening. Bob ate his half but didn’t think it anything special (he won’t normally eat kidney), but I thought it was delicious and it brought back memories of my sisters recent visit and of my childhood. All good!

You can buy steak and kidney puddings from Amazon one at a time, or in batches of six. Fray Bentos also make steak and kidney pies with a nice puff pastry crust. They are not as special to me - perhaps because I can buy them in Australia.

Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie (213g)
Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie (213g)

These canned pies are heated in the oven once the lid is removed. These are the smaller 213 gram size.

Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie 425 g
Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie 425 g

The 425 gram pie comes in singles of packs of 6.

Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pudding Microwavable - 6 x 400gm
Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pudding Microwavable - 6 x 400gm

These microwaveable puddings come in lots of 6. I haven't tried them, but they only take 3 minutes to heat up.


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      4 years ago

      when my wife & I have a weekend alone together this is one of our favourites! We have one each!!! Forget about sharing one between two!! Some boiled potatoes & lots of lovely mixed veg.

      They really are fantastic!

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      4 years ago

      Nice, they are tasty. Thanks for sharing the time with your sister

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      4 years ago

      I've not had steak and kidney pudding pie but can certainly appreciate the good memories the dish holds for you.

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      4 years ago

      Have always been a sucker for a good old steak and kidney pudding. Lovely stuff!

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      4 years ago

      This certainly brings back tasty memories.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I would probably try it though :)

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      Our local butcher in Detroit was held by the Police after illegally distributing Fray Bentos pies. He'd been importing them by just bringing them over in his luggage with no paperwork and charging desperate Brits high prices for them. I guess the excess baggage charges would have killed off his business eventually, but the scandal rocked the car manufacturing industry!


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