It is very plain with no spices no herbs this was the England of mid 20th century, but don't be put off by that it has a wonderful simple clean flavour and well worth making on a cold rainy early winter day. This can be a week night dinner if you start the night before which is what I did.
Take 2lbs of a cheaper cut of beef (I used top sirloin steak cut up) Cut into cubes and place into a pot and cover with lightly salted water.
Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. At first a rather nasty scum will appear on the top, don't be put off it will soon disappear.
|Nasty scum soon to diasappear|
Add 4 medium potatoes cut in to large chunks, I used yukon gold, but any type of potato will do, I did not peel them, though my Grandmother would have always peeled.
|Potatoes soaking up the meat juices|
|Waiting for the pastry|
Short crust pastry
8oz all purpose flour (one cup)
3oz lard cut into small cubes (1/3 cup)
1oz butter cut into small cubes (1/8 cup)
1/2 teaspoon of salt.
1/2 cup of cold water with a teaspoon of vinegar added.
This is the same pastry as for Bramley apple pie, but with out the sugar and using water and vinegar instead of orange juice.
Rub all the dry ingredients together and then add the water and stir with a fork until just combined. Roll out and drape on top of the meat and potatoes. If you are not comfortable with pastry you could use a bought pastry or frozen puff pastry would probably work well.
Bake in a 350 for about 1/2 an hour until the pastry is golden and the potatoes are cooked through.
The potatoes are almost the best part as they have soaked up all the meat juices, this maybe plain and unadorned, but well worth trying.
This made one pie for 4 and a small one for my Father, which if he is reading this is in the fridge for you for dinner tomorrow