Shortcrust pastry with slow cooked beef

The classic version of this recipe is made with Minced Beef but we just prefer the flavour of chunky beef pies because you can cook it until it has brown which produces that wonderful tasty gravy great for the base sauce. A warning in advance, if you are up for a challenge and wanting to step up your cooking skills, then proceed... This is NOT the easiest or fastest recipe. It can be a meticulous process made with so much love – and we promise it is worth every step. South Australia's online butchers Meat At The Mount offers a great selection of Lamb cuts and cater to special custom cuts you may require. Order your meat essentials here and get in touch with us for any requests.
  • 30 mins
  • 35 mins
  • Serves 4



1 1/2 batches homemade shortcrust pastry 3 frozen shortcrust pastry sheets, thawed (300g/10oz) 2 refrigerated pie crusts


3 frozen puff pastry sheets, just thawed (300g/10oz) 1 egg , lightly whisked


1.25 kg / 2.5lb beef chuck , 2.5cm/1" cubes 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion , diced 4 garlic cloves , minced 5 tbsp flour , plain/all purpose 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) beef stock, low sodium 3 cups (750 ml) red wine , dry full bodied 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp black pepper , coarsely ground 2 bay leaves



  • Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large heavy based pot over high heat. Add 1/3 of the beef and brown aggressively all over, then remove. Repeat with remaining beef, adding more oil if needed.
  • Turn stove down to medium high. Add garlic and onion, cook 3 minutes.
  • Add flour, stir through.
  • Slowly add beef stock while stirring constantly. Once flour is dissolved, add wine, tomato paste, Worcestershire, pepper and bay leaves.
  • Return beef into pot, cover with lid, adjust heat so it's simmering gently.
  • Simmer 1 hr 45 minutes. Remove lid, increase heat slightly and simmer 30 - 45 minutes, stirring regularly, or until beef is fork tender and liquid reduces down to a thickish gravy, just about covering beef (see video). Do not reduce liquid too much - thickens more as it cools & in pie.
  • Remove from stove, cover and cool filling.


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Cut out 6 rounds from the shortcrust pastry, then drape pastry into pie tins - don't stretch and pull pastry, causes shrinkage.
  • Place pies on tray. Top each pie with large sheets of parchment / baking paper and fill with pie weights
  • Bake 20 minutes, remove, then use paper overhang to carefully remove pie weights.
  • Return crusts into oven for 5 minutes or until base is light golden and dry. Remove from oven.


  • Fill pies with cooled filling, push down to fill. Should be slightly mounded.
  • Cut rounds from partially thawed puff pastry - cut them slightly larger than the edge of the cooked pastry bases.
  • Brush edge of pie crusts with egg, then place lid on filling, pressing edges to seal puff pastry to the shortcrust pastry.
  • Brush lids with egg, then cut a 1cm / 0.5" incision in the middle using a small knife.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until deep golden and puffed.
  • Devour hot and fresh, topped with tomato sauce or ketchup if desired!
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