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#1 Sat 10 Nov 07 1:52pm

mrslawlor

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Alternative to suet

Hi,

I am making a christmas pudding at the end of the month (from Nigella's Domestic goddess book) and am wondering is there anything that can be used as an alternative to suet? 

I would prefer not to use vegetable suet either.  Can I use butter or lard? help

cheers

Mrs L

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#2 Sat 10 Nov 07 2:22pm

Tanya

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Re: Alternative to suet

Hi Mrs. Lawler -

Personally, I would use butter.

Happy cooking!!

yummy

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#3 Sat 10 Nov 07 5:11pm

mrslawlor

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Re: Alternative to suet

I wonder will it change the texture of the pud much though?

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#4 Sat 10 Nov 07 8:01pm

oliviascotland

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Re: Alternative to suet

It will change the texture a bit, but the trick is to freeze it then grate it in to your mixture, and hopefully it will retain it's shape.  I did this last year with lard in mincemeat, and it wasn't too bad at all.  To stop the fat clumping together, you might want to dust it with some flour - that helps with the texture as well.

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#5 Sat 10 Nov 07 8:09pm

mummza

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Re: Alternative to suet

I was wondering why you did not want to use suet.

I will use vegetarian suet in some things like christmas (sweet)mincemeat , or a christmas pudding. I have found it to be ok.

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#6 Sun 11 Nov 07 8:49pm

mrslawlor

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Re: Alternative to suet

I am making the pudding for my mam and she has a thing about suet, don't mind myself personally but the recipe is nice so wanted to stick with it.  Will give it a go with butter and hope for the best methinks.  Thanks everyone

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#7 Sun 11 Nov 07 10:23pm

Cindy

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Re: Alternative to suet

What she doesn't know wont hurt her. Use the vegetarian stuff, Once its cooked she will not know the difference.

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#8 Sun 11 Nov 07 10:46pm

SusanneH

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Re: Alternative to suet

Can the vegetarian stuff taste like suet at all? (Sorry, have never tasted suet or vegetarian suet - just wonder therefor)

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#9 Sun 11 Nov 07 11:03pm

mrslawlor

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Re: Alternative to suet

But can you not see suet in the pudding?  I know you can normally see the animal stuff, as in little white bits in whatever you've cooked.  If there's no chance she'll see it then I'll use it 100%, way easier not to deviate from the recipe!!!  How bad of a daughter am I????  lol

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#10 Mon 12 Nov 07 12:11am

mitmondol

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Re: Alternative to suet

mrslawlor, could you post the recipe?
I have a feeling I would use lard, but seeing the recipe would help.

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