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Beef Cobbler

I know it’s summer but it is a cold wet grey day so why not try this warming soul soothing stew with cheesy dumplings. I do call these cheese scones as they are a simplified version of dumpling that are made more like scones and look like scones. As they cook the top browns and gets firm add a delicious texture, whilst the underneath soaks in the beefy juicy of the stew and is out of this world. No matter how large a pot of this I make everyone goes back for seconds or thirds until we are scrapping the bottom of the pot.

You can cook this entirely in the oven, which will leave you free to potter about and get on with other things which I expect on a Saturday morning will be a bonus. Other than the scone topping feel free to swap and change any other ingredients that you like. This is the joy of long slow cooking with stews/casseroles you can add just about anything and the long slow cooking does it’s magic.

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beef & guinness cobbler stew

Yields6 Servings

Beef Stew
 800 g Stewing beef or Shin of beef
 3 tbsp Plain flour
 ½ tsp Sea salt flakes
 ½ tsp ground black pepper
 2 tbsp olive oil
 2 onions
 3 Garlic cloves peeled
 2 Large carrots peeled and cut into diagonal chunks
 2 Stalks celery
 500 ml Stout
 500 ml Beef stock
 2 Bay leaves
 1 tsp Thyme leavesfresh or dried
 Sea salt flakes & pepper
Cheese Scone
 200 g Plain flourplus extra for dusting work surface
 1 tsp Sea salt flakes
 1 tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 100 g Cold Unsalted buttercut into cubes
 50 g Mature Cheddarcoarsely grated
 125 ml Milk
 1 Egg

1

Peel and quarter onion add to a food processor along with the celery and garlic. blitz until a wet pale green pulp is achieved. Set aside while you get on with the beef.

2

Add the beef to a large zip lock bag or bowl. Add the flour, salt and pepper. Lock the bag and squelch about in your hands to coat everything in the seasoned flour or mix together in the bowl. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan over a high heat then tip in a third of the beef allowing it to brown before moving about allowing the other side to brown. Transfer to a bowl or plate when browned all over. Repeat until all meat has been browned.

3

Turn the heat under the pan to low. Then tip in the blitzed onion, garlic and celery and add the carrots . Stir this about scraping up any bits you can from the bottom of the pan. When softened and almost translucent, tip back in the beef and any juices that collected.

4

Pour in the Guinness and beef stock. Add the bay leaves and thyme. Allow the pan to come back to boiling point, put on the lid, then transfer to 170°C oven for 2 hours.

5

10 minutes before the stew has had its time in the oven get on with the topping by adding the flour to a large mixing bowl along with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, pepper and thyme. Mix together, then using fingers and thumbs rub the butter into the flour until a breadcrumb like texture is achieved. Stir through the grated cheese. Pour in the milk and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.

6

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and flatten out with your hands until approx 1/2 inch thickness. Dip a 3" pastry cutter in flour then cut out discs of dough. When no more discs can be cut out of the dough gather the remaining and knead together, press out again until all dough has been used.

7

Retrieve the stew from the oven, Add the discs of dough on top of the stew overlapping slightly if necessary. Brush the tops of the dough with the beaten egg. Then return to the oven for a further 30 minutes until it has puffed up and gone a golden brown on top.

Ingredients

Beef Stew
 800 g Stewing beef or Shin of beef
 3 tbsp Plain flour
 ½ tsp Sea salt flakes
 ½ tsp ground black pepper
 2 tbsp olive oil
 2 onions
 3 Garlic cloves peeled
 2 Large carrots peeled and cut into diagonal chunks
 2 Stalks celery
 500 ml Stout
 500 ml Beef stock
 2 Bay leaves
 1 tsp Thyme leavesfresh or dried
 Sea salt flakes & pepper
Cheese Scone
 200 g Plain flourplus extra for dusting work surface
 1 tsp Sea salt flakes
 1 tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 100 g Cold Unsalted buttercut into cubes
 50 g Mature Cheddarcoarsely grated
 125 ml Milk
 1 Egg

Directions

1

Peel and quarter onion add to a food processor along with the celery and garlic. blitz until a wet pale green pulp is achieved. Set aside while you get on with the beef.

2

Add the beef to a large zip lock bag or bowl. Add the flour, salt and pepper. Lock the bag and squelch about in your hands to coat everything in the seasoned flour or mix together in the bowl. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan over a high heat then tip in a third of the beef allowing it to brown before moving about allowing the other side to brown. Transfer to a bowl or plate when browned all over. Repeat until all meat has been browned.

3

Turn the heat under the pan to low. Then tip in the blitzed onion, garlic and celery and add the carrots . Stir this about scraping up any bits you can from the bottom of the pan. When softened and almost translucent, tip back in the beef and any juices that collected.

4

Pour in the Guinness and beef stock. Add the bay leaves and thyme. Allow the pan to come back to boiling point, put on the lid, then transfer to 170°C oven for 2 hours.

5

10 minutes before the stew has had its time in the oven get on with the topping by adding the flour to a large mixing bowl along with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, pepper and thyme. Mix together, then using fingers and thumbs rub the butter into the flour until a breadcrumb like texture is achieved. Stir through the grated cheese. Pour in the milk and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.

6

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and flatten out with your hands until approx 1/2 inch thickness. Dip a 3" pastry cutter in flour then cut out discs of dough. When no more discs can be cut out of the dough gather the remaining and knead together, press out again until all dough has been used.

7

Retrieve the stew from the oven, Add the discs of dough on top of the stew overlapping slightly if necessary. Brush the tops of the dough with the beaten egg. Then return to the oven for a further 30 minutes until it has puffed up and gone a golden brown on top.

Beef & Guinness Cobbler

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