Easy Steak and Ale Pie

29 Sep 2023


700g braising steak

300ml ale

20g plain flour

1 onion

1 beef stock cube

300g ready to roll puff pastry

1 medium egg

2 tbsp sunflower oil


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 2 / 150C.
  2. Toss the beef in the flour to coat and season.
  3. Using half the oil, cook the onion until soft and transfer to a casserole dish to keep warm.
  4. Use the remaining oil to cook the beef on a high heat until the sides are browned and add to the onion, sprinkling over any leftover flour.
  5. Put the ale into the pan, with a stock cube and 120ml water, and heat until simmering. Pour into the casserole dish over the meat, cover with foil or a lid and cook for 2 hours 30 mins until the beef is tender.
  6. Transfer to your pie dish and leave until cool.
  7. Roll out the pastry to a size slightly larger than the dish and cut a 1cm strip from the leftover pastry.
  8. Dampen the rim of the dish and place the strip around it. Beat the egg and brush some over the strip, laying the lid on top.
  9. Press the edges together and brush egg all over the top, making a hole in the middle for the steam to escape.
  10. Bake for 25-30 mins until the pastry is golden. Serve.