• oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 400g braising steak, cut into 2cm pieces and trimmed of fat
  • 1 tbsp plain flour, seasoned
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 300ml brown ale or Guinness
  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked and chopped

suet pastry

  • r 250g self-raising flou
  • 125g shredded beef suet


  • STEP 1

    Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan and cook the onions and mushrooms until golden, then scoop out. Toss the steak in the seasoned flour and fry until browned (you might need a drop more oil). Add back the onions and mushrooms and add the tomato purée, brown ale and thyme, stirring them together thoroughly. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 2 hours before leaving to cool.

  • STEP 2

    To make the pastry, put the flour, suet, ½ tsp salt and a good grind of pepper in a bowl. Gradually mix in 150ml cold water with a dinner knife until it makes a dough.

  • STEP 3

    Bring together into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 4

    Roll the suet pastry out to a circle about 1cm thick and cut a quarter out of the circle and keep for the top. Use the rest of the pastry to line a well-buttered 1 litre pudding basin crimping the ends together.

  • STEP 5

    Fill the lined basin with the steak mix then re-roll the leftover pastry to make a lid. Crimp the edges together to seal.

  • STEP 6

    Lay a sheet of buttered baking paper on top of a sheet of foil, fold a pleat in the middle and smooth down to sharpen the pleat.

  • STEP 7

    Put the double sheet on top of the pudding baking paper-side down and mould to the top of the basin with your hands.

  • STEP 8

    Tie with string under the rim of the basin and tie a handle to make it easier to move.

  • STEP 9

    Trim any excess foil then put in a steamer or on an upturned saucer in a large pan and pour boiling water to halfway up the sides of the bowl. Steam for 2 hours keeping an eye on the water level. To serve, unwrap then carefully turn out onto a serving plate.


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