Beef in Guinness

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 
120-150 minutes


500g (18oz) pack diced braising steak
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp groundnut oil
½ x 1kg mixed casserole vegetables
250ml (9floz) Guinness
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
2 tsp rosemary

For the dumplings

100g (31/2oz) self-raising flour
50g (2oz) Atora Light Suet


1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/R2. Add 2 tablespoons of the flour to the diced beef, season, then toss the beef cubes in the flour to coat well.

2. Heat the oil in a deep flameproof casserole dish. Add the floured beef and brown all over for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pan.

3. Add the remaining flour to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the vegetables, Guinness, tomato purée, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary and 350ml of water. Stir until it boils then return the meat to the pan. Cover and place in the oven for 1½-2 hours, or until the beef is tender.

4. While the beef is cooking, prepare the dumplings. Sieve the flour into a bowl, stir in the suet, the remaining rosemary, seasoning and 4-5 tablespoons of cold water. Mix together with a round-bladed knife until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into 8 dumplings, put back in the bowl and cover until ready to cook.

5. Remove the casserole from the oven and add the dumplings, pushing them just under the surface of the sauce. Cook for a further 25-30 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through. Serve the casserole with mashed potato and prepared fresh vegetables such as a pea, leek and spinach medley.

Cook’s tips

Use beef stock instead of water in step 3, to enhance the flavour. Substitute the frozen vegetables with fresh root vegetables such as swede, celeriac and sweet potatoes.

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