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Proper beef, ale & mushroom pie

Proper beef, ale & mushroom pie Recipe

  • small handful dried porcini mushrooms (about 10g) - not essential but very tasty
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg braising steak (buy this as a whole piece and cut it yourself into large chunks)
  • 2 large onions , roughly chopped
  • 4 large carrots , chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml dark ale
  • 2 beef stock cubes mixed with 400ml boiling water
  • small bunch each thyme , bay leaf and parsley, tied together
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons, or chopped rashers
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms , halved
  • 650g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 250g lard or cold butter (or half of each), diced, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 egg yolk , beaten, to glaze
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