Steak and Ale Pie

An English Classic.

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Ingredients for 4

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Ingredients
500 gramsbraising steak
200 gramspotato
200 gramspuff pastry (ready made)
200 gramschestnut mushrooms
1 oniononion (medium size, 160g each) (160 grams)
1 1/4 carrotcarrot (100 grams)
1 eggegg (50 grams)
3 tablespoonsplain flour (25 grams)
2 tablespoonsbutter (25 grams)
1 1/16 tablespoonsunflower oil (16 grams)
1 teaspoonsugar (5 grams)
3/4 teaspoonssalt (4 grams)
1 clovefresh garlic (medium size, 3g each) (3 grams)
2 leafsbay leaf (2 grams)
1/8 teaspoonground black pepper (0.4 grams)
200 mlsale (beer)
120 mlsbeef stock
Salt content: 0.2% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)

Method

See detailed step-by-step instructions below. Instead of putting the pie into a dish and covering that with the puff pastry, you can bake individual pieces of puff pastry in the oven and server it on a plate with a piece of pastry on top.

Serve with vegetables and a pint of ale.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoDice the steak into cubes.
Recipe PhotoRoughly chop the onion.
Recipe PhotoChop the garlic.
Recipe PhotoAnd here is our lovely diced braising steak.
Recipe PhotoPut the flour, salt and pepper into a plastic bag.
Recipe PhotoPut the diced steak into the bag and shake well until all the meat is evenly covered.
Recipe PhotoPut the vegetable oil and butter into a saucepan and heat up. Add the onions and garlic and fry until the onions turn translucent.
Recipe PhotoNow add the beef and fry until evenly browned.
Recipe PhotoThis is what your beef should look like.
Recipe PhotoNow add the ale.
Recipe PhotoAnd the beef stock (I'm using stock made from a stock cube here - check the instructions on the package).
Recipe PhotoAdd the bay leaves.
Recipe PhotoAnd the sugar.
Recipe PhotoChop the lower part of the stem off your chestnut mushrooms, then quarter the mushrooms.
Recipe PhotoAdd the mushrooms to your saucepan.
Recipe PhotoDice the potatoes and carrots.
Recipe PhotoSimmer for 45 minutes, then add the carrots and potatoes. Now is the time to preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4. Simmer for another 45 minutes after having added the potatoes and carrots.
Recipe PhotoRoll out your puff pastry to that it's slightly larger then the top of the oven proof dish you will be using for your pie.
Recipe PhotoDon't fold or overwork the dough. Puff pastry has lots of layers and has to be treated carefully.
Recipe PhotoWhisk your egg with a fork.
Recipe PhotoPut the steak and sauce into your oven proof dish, then cover with the rolled-out pastry. Decorate, and brush with the beaten egg. Put into the oven and leave it there for 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is done. You can tell that my kids made the decorations :-)
Recipe PhotoAnd here is our finished pie! You can also use individual pie dishes or do chunks of puff pastry in the oven on their own and serve each plate with a piece of puff pastry.