Beef Stew and Dumplings


Beef Stew and Dumplings


For the Stew

2 vegetable oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 (2lb 2oz) braising steak, cut into 4cm (1½in) chunks
Plain flour, to dust
2 medium carrots, cut into 2.5cm (1in) pieces
1 large leek, cut into 1cm (½in) slices
3 tbsp tomato purée
200 (7fl oz) red wine
600 (1 pint) beef stock
3 fresh rosemary sprigs

For the Dumplings

125 (4oz) self-raising flour
60 (2½oz) suet
1 dried parsley


Begin by preheating your oven to 160°C (140°C fan) gas mark 3, then heat the oil in a medium-large casserole with a tight-fitting lid and gently fry the onion for 5min until softened.

Prepare the beef pieces by lightly drying with kitchen paper and then dust with plain flour, remembering to tap off the excess. Add to the onion pan along with the vegetables, the tomato purée, wine, stock, rosemary and some seasoning. The liquid should just cover the meat and veg, if not top up with more stock or water. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil, add the lid and put into the oven. Cook until the beef is tender - about 3hr.

30min before the stew is due to be ready, make the dumplings. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the suet, parsley and season well. Add 100ml (31/2fl oz) cold water and stir to make a soft (and slightly sticky) dough.

Carefully remove the casserole from the oven, take off the lid and discard the rosemary sprigs. Add salt and pepper to taste then pinch off plum-sized pieces of the dumpling dough, gently roll into a ball and place on top of the stew, making sure you space them apart evenly. Return to the oven without the lid for the final 30min of cooking, or until the dumplings are lightly golden. Check the seasoning and serve with steamed vegetables and mashed potato.


Products used:

Master Class Cast Iron Oval 5 Litre Casserole
Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel 18cm Round Sieve
Kitchen Craft Beech Wood Slotted Spatula
Home Made Traditional Stoneware 29cm Mixing Bowl
Kitchen Craft Glass 1100ml (2 Pint) Measuring Jug
Colourworks Blue Reversible Chopping Board
Colourworks 3 Piece Purple Knife Starter Set