Hearty Beef Cobbler

Servings :

Total Time:

4 people

2 hours 15 minutes


Beef stew beef Salt and pepper olive oil butter flour red wine or beef stock /broth onions mushrooms carrots tomato puree brown sugar beef stock Worcester sauce bay leaf For the Scones (biscuits) self raising flour mixed herbs salt butter cheddar cheese Greek yogurt milk

Step 1

Cut the beef into bite sized chunks and season liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a deep pot (Dutch Oven) and sear the beef over high heat, in batches, until nicely browned. Set aside.

Step 2

Stir in the butter and flour and gradually add the wine. Lower the heat and add the onions, mushrooms and carrots, cooking for about five minutes, stirring.

Step 3

Add the salt, pepper, brown sugar, tomato paste, minced garlic and bay leaf. Pour in the stock (broth) and Worcester sauce. Bring to a simmer then add the browned beef. Cover the pot and transfer to a preheated oven. Cook for 90 minutes.

Step 4

Prepare the scones about an hour into the stew bubbling away in the oven. Combine the flour, salt, butter and grated cheese in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to rub the butter into the flour.

Step 5

Stir in the yogurt, Worcester sauce, herbs and a little milk to create a sticky dough. Add just enough milk until the mixture comes together but is on the drier side.

Step 6

Tip onto a lightly floured worktop. Gather the dough with your hands and press into a rectangle about an inch high (you can very briefly knead it but don’t overwork it).

Step 7

Use a round cutter to cut out 8 biscuits (or up to 10), patting any leftover scraps of dough down to cut more scones. Leave the scones for 10 minutes or so before adding to the stew.

Step 8

Place the scones over the stew, spaced slightly apart. Brush with a little milk. Increase the oven temperature and cook the cobbler, with the lid off, for a further 35-40 minutes or until risen and golden.

Step 9

Discard the bay leaf and check the seasoning. Serve the beef stew with the scones and some steamed greens or over mashed potatoes.

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