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Ingredients

50g/2oz Odlums Cream plain Flour

675g/ 1½ lbs Stewing Beef

Salt & Pepper

Pinch of cayenne Pepper

3/4 Tablespoons Oil

2 Large Onions (roughly chopped)

4 Carrots (cut into chunks)

450ml/ ¾ pt Stout

2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree dissolved in

4 Tablespoons of water

 

Topping

 225g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour

50g/2oz Margarine

1 Teaspoon Mixed Herbs

150ml/ ¼ Milk

 

Method

  1. Trim any fat or gristle from meat and cut into 5cms/2” cubes. Season flour with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Toss the meat in the flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in pan over a high heat. Add the meat in two batches and seal well on all sides. Remove meat into a bowl.
  3. Add half the stout to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring well to absorb the meat juices. Return the meat to the pan with the onions, carrots, tomato puree and remaining stout. Bring to a gentle simmer and cover. Simmer for about 2 to 3 hours until meat is tender.
  4. Meanwhile make the topping: Put flour into a bowl, rub in the margarine until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the herbs. Add the milk and mix to a soft dough. Transfer to floured surface, lightly knead, then, roll out to about an inch in thickness. Use a 5cms/2” cutter and cut about 6 rounds.
  5. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°/Gas 5. Transfer stew to casserole dish. Place the ‘cobblers’ on top of meat in the casserole. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve.

Tips:

  1. Place flour and seasoning in a large bag, add the meat and shake!
  2. To freeze, allow stew to get cold and do not add the cobbler until defrosted and reheated!
  3. For milder flavour, half the Guinness may be replaced with water!