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Recipe of the Week: St George’s Steak & Ale Pies


Recipe of the Week: St George’s Steak & Ale Pies

Celebrate St George’s Day with one of these scrumptious little pies.


St George’s Steak & Ale Pies

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 961 per portion
Fat 61g (25.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Olive oil 3 tbsp
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Rindless unsmoked back bacon 4 rashers, chopped
  • Carrots 2, peeled and sliced
  • Braising steak 700g (1½lb)
  • Flour 2 tbsp
  • Pale ale 1 x 500ml bottle
  • Beef stock 300ml (½ pint)
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp
  • Puff pastry 500g
  • Egg 1, beaten


  1. 1 Heat half the oil in a large pan and cook onion for 5 minutes. Add bacon and cook for 3 minutes. Add carrots and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Toss beef in flour and brown in remaining oil. Return onion mix to pan and mix well, then pour in ale and stock. Add herbs and bring up to boil, stirring. Partially cover and cook gently for 2 hours or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Divide meat between four individual pie dishes. Cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Divide pastry into four. Roll each out 4cm (1½in) bigger than dish. For each Pie: Cut a strip of pastry for rim of the dish and attach with water. Press pastry onto dish. Trim excess and knock back edges. Glaze with egg and make a small hole. Set on a tray and bake for 30-40 minutes.


A Dairy Diary recipe.



Celebrate St George’s Day with the BEST bread & butter pudding

The best St George's Day Pudding


Celebrate St George’s Day with the BEST bread & butter pudding

Ok so this may not be the best recipe for those on a diet, but wow, it is scrumptious if you fancy a treat.

Smother it in custard and enjoy…..

St George’s Day Pudding

Serves 6
Time 45 mins plus standing
Calories 479
Fat 19g of which 3.7g is saturated

Medium sliced white bread 10 slices, crusts removed
Chocolate and hazelnut spread 1 x 200g jar
Dried and sweetened cranberries 75g (3oz)
Full fat milk 600ml (1 pint)
Caster sugar 3 tbsp
Eggs 4 medium, lightly beaten

1 Spread bread with chocolate and hazelnut spread. Make into sandwiches and cut each into four triangles. Arrange triangles neatly on the base of a 1.25 litre (2 pint) ovenproof buttered dish. Scatter with cranberries.
2 Gently heat milk and sugar until sugar has completely dissolved. Pour hot milk mixture onto eggs in a slow stream, beating constantly. Pour egg mix over bread and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
3 Preheat oven to 190ºC/Gas 5. Cook pudding for 25-30 minutes or until golden and set. Serve warm.

A Dairy Diary recipe.










Celebrate St George’s Day

Celebrate St George's Day with this marvellous bread pudding recipe.


Celebrate St George’s Day with this

clever Bread Pudding Recipe

When I commission a home economist to write recipes for the Dairy Diary they first supply me with a recipe ideas list. And oh what a treat!

This is one of my favourite elements of my job – choosing a final recipe selection from this list.

It’s never a good idea to read
through it before lunch though,
as it makes me ravenous.

I plan the recipes according to the season and to reflect any special events. That is why St George’s Day Bread Pudding caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect for this week in 2014.

However, I also felt a little baffled by its title. How was a bread pud related to St George’s Day? Obviously bread pudding is a very traditional recipe and it does originate here but that was the only link to St George I could discern. That is until I saw the pic (above).

How clever is that? It looks like lots of little St George’s Cross flags. And you won’t believe just how divine it tastes too. It’s actually ended up more like a bread and butter pudding, but who cares about that…..just enjoy it. I have and I will be enjoying it again this week to celebrate St George’s Day.

St George’s Day Bread Pudding

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