Spring might be here, but there’s still a bit of a chill in the air. The bitter wind and sudden rain showers mean it’s time for comfort food. With casseroled beef softened in warming red wine and bone broth, this cosy pie makes a comforting filling meal. Make this dinner, all wrapped up in homemade pastry, ahead of time, and just pop it in the oven and enjoy. Don’t be nervous to make your own pastry (though if you’d rather not, don’t worry – we won’t tell).
Filling 1 kg casserole steak (cut into 2cm cubes) 2 tbs olive oil 2 tbs plain flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 onions (finely chopped) 10 button mushrooms (sliced) 4 cloves garlic (crushed) 500 ml Restore Beef Bone Broth 1/4 cup red wine 1 bay leaf 1 tbs thyme leaves (chopped) 2 tbs cornflour
Pastry 2 cups plain flour 150 g cold butter (cubed) pinch salt 1/4 – 1/2 cup iced water 1 egg, lightly beaten
To make the filling
Preheat the oven to 160°C.
Place a large cast-iron casserole dish on a medium/high heat. Add the olive oil to the casserole dish. Toss the beef in the flour and seasoning. Cook the beef in batches until browned, and set aside.
Add the onion and garlic, cooking until softened. Then add the mushrooms and sauté for another couple of minutes.
Return the beef to the dish, along with the beef bone broth, red wine, bay leaf and thyme leaves. Bring up to a simmer, then cover and place in the preheated oven, and cook for two hours until the beef is meltingly tender. Combine the cornflour with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl.
Remove the beef from the oven and add the cornflour mixture, stirring on a low heat until the mixture has thickened. Place the pie filling in the fridge to cool completely.
To make the pastry and assemble the pie
Heat the oven to 200°C.
Place the flour in a food processor along with the butter and salt. Pulse until the butter is incorporated. With processor running, add the water, little by little, until the pastry begins to clump together.
Turn the pastry out onto a floured surface and bring together, kneading with your hands. Form a ball and put it in the fridge to rest for at least 15 minutes.
Grease a 22cm pie dish with butter. Cut the pastry in half and roll out one half to line the bottom of the pie dish. Spoon in the beef mixture. Roll out the other half of the pastry.
Brush the edge with egg and place the second round of pastry on the top of the pie, sealing around the edges by pinching the pastry together. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and prick with a knife to allow the steam to escape.
Place the pie in the oven and bake for 30–45 minutes until the pastry is golden and the pie is heated through.