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Bacon and Onion Pudding

This can be baked in the oven as a pie instead of steaming

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bacon & onion pudding

a traditional steamed pudding
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Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, steamed pudding
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 33p
Calories: 770.44kcal
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  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 90 g veg oil
  • pinch salt


  • 175 g bacon pieces
  • 300 g onions chopped into dice

To Serve

  • 320 g peas
  • 1 kg potatoes


  • Mix the flour, oil and salt with enough cold water to bring the mix together into a wet dough which comes away cleanly from the sides of your mixing bowl. The dough should be easily manipulated and stretchy, but not stick to your fingers.
  • Fry the bacon and onions together.
  • Line your pudding basin with approx 1 cm thick layer of pastry (keeping 1/3rd for a lid, then fill with the bacon and onion mix, and then use the remaining third as a lid.
  • This will only fill your basin to approximately 3/4 full, but don’t worry, it will grow when you steam it.
  • Place a pleated piece of foil over the top and tie it around the rim and steam for approx 2-3 hrs in the slow cooker, or on your hob in a bain marie until the pastry is bulging above the top of your pudding basin.
  • Click here to start a 2 hour timer


Serve with 80g peas per person and 250g potato per person.
The salt value excludes any you have added yourself, as each family's tastes will differ
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Nutrition Facts
bacon & onion pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 770.44 Calories from Fat 300
% Daily Value*
Fat 33.34g51%
Saturated Fat 24.87g155%
Cholesterol 62.52mg21%
Sodium 1345.5mg59%
Potassium 1387.2mg40%
Carbohydrates 85.93g29%
Fiber 12.8g53%
Sugar 7.87g9%
Protein 36.34g73%
Vitamin A 612IU12%
Vitamin C 66.05mg80%
Calcium 119.75mg12%
Iron 9.88mg55%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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