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  • Ah hello, you've caught me having five minutes.

  • I'm about to start making bacon and onion Roly Poly Pudding. It's a cheap, savoury pudding

  • and ideal for the servants hall at Audley End House. And it's the kind of dish that

  • I grew up eating.

  • It's easy, you just put it in a pot and leave it at the back of the range. For this recipe

  • you will need:

  • Flour, beef suet, a generous pinch of salt, mushrooms, bacon, a small onion, some cold

  • water and lard for frying.

  • First a simple, robust pastry that is easy to make without any fuss.

  • Mix the flour, with the suet and add a good pinch of salt.

  • Then add water, a little at a time, to make a stiff but not too sticky paste.

  • Then set it aside somewhere cool.

  • Now it is time for the filling. You can put almost anything in. Sausage meat stuffing

  • filling is really nice.

  • Mary-Anne has already prepared my ingredients. She's chopped the mushrooms, the bacon and

  • the onions.

  • So I'll just mix them up.

  • Roll out the pastry into a rectangle - make sure you use plenty of flour to stop it from

  • sticking.

  • Make sure that it is smaller than the width of your pan by a couple of inches.

  • It doesn't matter how it looks, as this is for the servants. But I will make sure there's

  • plenty of filling.

  • Spread it out, but not quite to the edges.

  • Roll up the pudding tightly. It's useful to have a bowl of water handy as you can use

  • the water to seal the edges.

  • As with all puddings cooked in a cloth the wrapping is very important. Make sure for

  • this one you put plenty of flour on the cloth. Naturally, this is a savoury Roly Poly Pudding,

  • but you could use fruit puree or jam.

  • Some people call this shirt sleeve pudding because they make it in old shirt sleeves.

  • I've even heard people call it dead mans leg.

  • Now the pudding needs to go into a pan of boiling water.

  • Put the pudding in a pan of boiling water and leave it there for about an hour and a

  • half. It doesn't matter if it's a little longer than that.

  • Just make sure it's kept at a rolling boil.

  • You could serve the pudding hot straight away. But here at Audley End House we servants like

  • it fried.

  • So, I've let this cool and now it's time to unwrap it.

  • And now I am going to fry it.

  • Fry each slice lightly on both sides. You can fry it in butter or for a really delicious

  • taste use lard. Mmmm, smells divine.

  • And there you have it. Roly poly pudding.

  • Mmm.

Ah hello, you've caught me having five minutes.

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How to Make Roly Poly Pudding - The Victorian Way

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    ally.chang posted on 2020/03/25
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