Winter Beef Stew with Dumplings


Serves 6



3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 kg braising beef steak, cut into 4cm chunks
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, cut into 2.5cm pieces
2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
3 tbsp tomato purée
1 garlic clove, crushed
3tbsp plain flour
800ml beef stock
2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 bay leaves
Small bunch of thyme
1tsp Cornish Sea Salt Crystals
For the Dumplings:
125 g (4oz) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
60 g (2½oz) suet
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley


This slow cooked beef stew requires minimum attention and is bursting with delicious savoury flavours.


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan). In a large casserole pan, heat the oil and brown the beef in batches. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon (leaving behind the oil) andset aside on a plate.
  • Add the onion, carrots and celery to the casserole pan, and fry for about 10 minutes until softened. Stir in the tomato purée and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add the beef back to the pan along with the flour, cook out the flour for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, thyme, and salt. Bring up to the boil, then cover the casserole with a lid, and transfer to the oven for 3hrs.
  • When the beef has nearly finished cooking, make the dumplings. Sift the flour into a large bowl, stir in the suet, salt and parsley. Pour in 100ml water and stir to make a soft dough.
  • Carefully remove the casserole from the oven, remove the lid and discard the thyme and bay leaves. Check the seasoning, adding more salt if needed. With lightly floured hands, roll walnut sized pieces of dough and place on top of the stew, spacing them apart. Return to the oven (without a lid) for 30 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked and lightly golden. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

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