- 2 tbs rapeseed or other oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) British beef braising steak
- 2 tbs plain flour, seasoned
- 100 ml (3½ fl oz) Belvoir Blueberry & Blackcurrant Cordial
- 500 ml (18 fl oz) beef stock
- 2 bay leaves
- For the Pastry:
- 200 g (7 oz) cold butter
- 400 g (1 lb) plain flour
- Pinch salt
- Ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten (reserve half for egg wash)
You’re cordially invited to try this hearty beef pie with the not-so-secret ingredient, blueberry and blackcurrant cordial.
The sweet cordial might seem surprising, but it adds a rich depth of taste to complement the beef.
This recipe serves six.
- Heat the oil in a heavy based frying-pan and gently fry the onion until it starts to colour. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep to one side.
- Toss the beef in the seasoned flour, then brown a few pieces at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. You might need a little more oil.
- When all the meat is browned, deglaze the pan with the Belvoir Blueberry & Blackcurrant Cordial, scraping at any caramelised bits stuck to the bottom. Then add back the onion and beef and stir in the stock. Add in the bay leaves.
- Pop a lid on and put the beef in the oven at 190 deg. C., 375 deg. F., Gas Mark 5 for about an hour and a half, then remove from the oven and leave to cool. Remove the bay leaves.
- To make the pastry, cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the flour. Add in the salt and pepper, and then either place in a food mixer or rub in the butter gently with just your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Add in half the beaten egg and bring together into a firm dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- Flour the work surface and rolling pin really well. Divide the pastry into two pieces: about 2/3 for the base and the other 1/3 for the top. Roll out the larger piece and use it to line a metal pie dish – around 23 cm (9 in) is perfect – then return to the fridge until the filling is cool.
- Spoon the cooled filling into the pie, then roll out the pastry lid. Place over the filling and crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork to seal. Brush with the remaining beaten egg and bake for about half an hour at 180 deg. C., 350 deg. F., Gas Mark 4.
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