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Beef Casserole and Dumplings

ingredients

1 kg (2.2 lb) braising beef
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
25 g margarine
1 large onion, sliced
125 g unsmoked streaky bacon, cut into strips
1 large carrot, cut into large dice
2 sticks celery, cut into large dice
1 - 2 sage leaves, finely chopped
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bottle full bodied red wine
225 g chestnut mushrooms, wiped

for the dumplings

1/3 cup (50 g) 2 oz buckwheat flour
1/3 cup (50 g) 2 oz rice flour
75 g potato flour
2 tsp baking powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper
20 g pack flat leaf parsley
75 g lard, grated

method

1. Preheat oven to 150°C, 300°F, gas mark 2

2. Coat the beef in the cornflour and fry it in the oil and margarine until lighlty browned.

3. Add the onion and bacon and fry for a further couple of minutes.

4. Stir in the carrot, celery, sage, rosemary, garlic, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the red wine and cover with a tight fitting lid. Transfer to the oven and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Add the mushrooms and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.

to make the dumplings

1. Mix all the flours and baking powder, seasoning and parsley in a bowl.

2. Blend in the grated lard and add enough cold water to form a dough.

3. Shape into 12 dumplings.

4. Add these to the casserole and return to the oven for about 30 minutes or until light and fluffy.

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