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Beef pie recipe

This week is all about Victorian baking, which kind of had me stumped. From the signature challenge of game pie, to the perfect fruit cake for the technical challenge, and the showstopper Charlotte Russe. If time had been on my side I might have been tempted by the showstopper challenge, but being away more than at home this week, I decided to keep it as simple, and make sure food is on the table whilst I’m away, and opted to put a pie on the table.
Beef pie recipe
I remember making shortcrust pies at home with my mum, so a favourite recipe and a little more reliant as a bake than some of my attempts this series. I think this is more than of a thrift pie than game pie, but it’s definitely one for the family to enjoy.
Beef pie recipe
This week I’m delighted to be hosting Mummy Mishaps Great Bloggers Bake Off link up, and you can find the link up beneath the recipe, and rules to the linky over on Jenny’s blog. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations on this week!

My mum's beef and bacon pie
Yields 1
A rustic and homely family pie
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 300g plain flour
  2. 150g unsalted butter, cubed
  3. 10mls cold water
  4. 1 egg, beaten, for glaze.
  5. 1tbsp sunflower oil
  6. 1 medium red onion, chopped
  7. 100g mushrooms, sliced
  8. 7 rashers of bacon, sliced
  9. 400g diced beef
  10. 250mls beef stock
  11. 2 sprigs of rosemary
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine flour and butter in a mixing bowl until the ingredients resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water slowly, with just enough to bring the pastry together.
  3. Mix into a smooth dough, and roll into a ball.
  4. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Brown the onion and add the mushroom and cook gently until softened.
  6. Add the bacon, and a few minutes later add the beef.
  7. Add seasoning to taste.
  8. Cook gently until the beef is browned.
  9. I remove any excess fat at this point.
  10. Add the stock and rosemary.
  11. Leave to simmer, uncovered for ten minutes.
  12. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool.
  13. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  14. Divide the pastry into 2/3 and 1/3.
  15. On a floured work surface, roll the 2/3 pastry and line a pie dish.
  16. Prick the lined pie dish and add parchment and baking balls.
  17. Bake the pastry for 10 minutes, remove parchment and balls and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  18. Bring out of the oven and leave to rest for five minutes.
  19. Spoon the filling into the pastry-lined dish, siphoning off excess liquid.
  20. Roll out the 1/3 pastry to create a lid.
  21. Use the beaten egg on the edges of the baked pastry and add the lid.
  22. Press the lid onto the pie with your fingers (or a fork to create a crimp), and brush the beaten egg over the lid.
  23. Make two hold in the top to let the steam out, and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  24. Leave to rest for 15 minutes or so and serve.
Adapted from from my mum's recipe
Adapted from from my mum's recipe
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  • Reply
    Jenny Paulin
    September 16, 2015 at 21:56

    oooooh Debbie this looks so tasty. i do love a homemade pie and if my boys liked pastry, i would have gone with a pie too. I love that you have shared your Mum’s recipe – it sounds like my kind of pie to be honest
    Thank you for hosting xx
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      September 20, 2015 at 14:27

      Thank you x It is fortunately a fail safe, I’d have ended up eating a fruit cake all by myself 😉

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    Louise Fairweather
    September 16, 2015 at 21:56

    Oh this looks lovely! I wish I could get my lot eating mushrooms as I love them. I have made a pie and bought all the ingredients for the Charlotte Russe too – so I have totally lost the plot xx
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      September 20, 2015 at 14:29

      Oh thank you- I’m always trying to find different ways of getting them to eat vegetables as they seem to love things one week and dislike them the next. They do enjoy pies so they’re usually distracted! xx

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    September 16, 2015 at 22:17

    Your pie looks delicious! I know what you mean about making something that will get eaten. I bet your family were very happy to get this pie for dinner.
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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    September 18, 2015 at 08:35

    Your pie looks so inviting Debbie, a really tasty meal for the family,
    Angela x
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      September 20, 2015 at 14:29

      Thank you x It is one of those lovely autumn feelgood meals

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    The Beesley Buzz
    September 18, 2015 at 22:57

    that looks like a perfect autumn/winter warmer recipe! Bet it tastes fab with the bacon in there. #gbbobloggers2015
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      September 20, 2015 at 14:30

      It is good to change the fillings for the time of year, it definitely feels like autumn today.

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    Carrie-Time to be an Adult
    September 21, 2015 at 16:33

    This pie looks so scrummy – I love Autumn…pefect pie weather!!
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    Cathy Glynn
    September 21, 2015 at 17:11

    This looks scrumptious, I love the combination of beef and bacon x
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