Stewed beef pie in a buttery crust

{Food for a sentimental time}

Stewed beef pie in a buttery crust

September 2001, the late teen me bid goodbye to my parents, friends and hometown and left for Melbourne. It was intended for a few years only, but ten years have passed and I have called Melbourne home ever since.

Often or not, I think of these ten years as “being away from home”. But lately, that sentiment has changed. Melbourne has become my second home, a place that I miss when travelling. There is a real sense of belonging, a quiet connection to this space and time.

Australians do love their meat pies, something I can totally endorse. At my new work place, we have “pie party” almost every week. Great for bonding, and not so much for the waistline!

During winter I made pies fairly regularly. The beef pies are definitely Mr. B’s favourite. The filling is meaty, enclosed in a buttery crust.

Beef pie in a buttery crust

This is my first time working with hot water pastry and I am sooooo happy to discover the technique. So easy to roll and shape.

Beef pies are great with ketchup, and a lots of salad greens. I think making them in small portions will be great for Grand Final Day. After 10 years here, I still do not understand the appeal of Footy. Soccer Rules in my house! Oh wait, not really. Beef pies rule! 😀


37 Responses to Stewed beef pie in a buttery crust

  1. Johanna GGG says:

    I hardly ever make pies but I made some tonight with the hot water crust – it is my favourite pastry – holds together so well and tastes so good – glad you have discovered it – looks so lovely in your photo

  2. pickyin @ Life is Great says:

    The pastry looks like a dream. Am definitely trying this with chicken!

  3. My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    Oh yes, that pastry does look good. I have never tried such a pie before. I'm intrigued.

  4. Little Corner of Mine says:

    I love your buttery crust, it looks crispy.

  5. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    This makes me want to make a pie, too! It looks so gorgeous and rustic.

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    This is a marvelous pie! Really homey and scrumptious looking. A pretty plate.

  7. Vee says:

    Yum, looks incredible! I haven't made my own pastry in years but this seems doable 😉

  8. Ali says:

    Just to get some ketchup and am eating myself out with this pie :) The pastry looks so good, you really got me going with this post… really craving for some :)

  9. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed says:

    Congratulations on your 10 years in Melbourne! What a great way to celebrate. This pie looks delicious! & don't worry, I don't understand the appeal of footy either – hate it haha. You're right soccer is better. Or even better yet, baseball!

  10. Paaka Shaale says:

    I have never baked a pie Anh. This recipe of your pie looks easy and delicious at the same time. Would love to make this with some veggie stuffing :)

  11. Barbara says:

    Lovely anh. I once made a hot water pastry which was for a Middle Eastern recipe. I remember it being really easy and btasting fabulous.

  12. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    This looks so lovely Anh. I've not tried hot water pastry but it's on my list of pastries to try. I love how golden and crisp it looks.

  13. chocolatesuze says:

    the pastry looks amazing! will def give it a go thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. Lisa H. says:

    I love pies…

  15. Anna says:

    Meat pies are sentimental for me too…My mom used to bake meat pies for me, this is what I bring to school (med school is really tough!)I never made it through since I went a different course but meat pies will always hold a special place in my heart…Thanks for posting!

  16. ChichaJo says:

    The crust looks amazing Anh! I love savory pies and have been wanting to try hot water pastry since I read about it in Donna Hay…your photo has just convinced me to get moving on it!

  17. Sips and Spoonfuls says:

    Anh not sure you got my comment or not so trying again. This pie looks liek it just stepped out of a Melbourne pub! So homey and conforting!

  18. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    I LOVE your photography style! They are dark, and elegant!! Beautiful colour palette!

  19. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    That flaky crust steals the show for me..I ll try this recipe with lamb or chicken.

  20. Juliana says:

    Anh, this beef pie looks so comforting…love the buttery crust.

  21. Nelly Rodriguez says:

    Buttery, flaky crust and beef? My idea of heaven! Gorgeous!

  22. Lizzy says:

    Oh, this looks like something my hubby would swoon over! Great comfort food~and beautiful photos.

  23. Charissa says:

    You had me at "buttery crust"…sounds so comforting and cozy right now! Have to say I love the crusts of pies more than the filling!!!

  24. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says:

    This weather in Sydney is making me crave such a lovely pie! Thanks for the hot water pastry recipe, this is right up my alley!

  25. tigerfish says:

    I can feel exactly what you feel about being away from "home". Sometimes when I am in Singapore (just for a visit) I miss my "home" here…but when I don't see my parents (back in Sg) for some time, I kinda miss them too :(

  26. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I've never heard of a hot water pastry crust before! Looks nice and flaky.

  27. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Looks simple enough. I will try it.

  28. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet says:

    Scrumptious beef pie, Anh! Look absolutely mouth-watering :)

  29. Yasmeen says:

    Anh, my man has been begging me to bake him a gourmet-ified Aussie pie since we moved in together. If I made him this, I think he'd propose straightaway :)

  30. shaz says:

    Happy ten year anniversary – I guess it's a bit bittersweet yes? :) The pie looks utterly delightful. The weather has been most unspringlike the last couple of days, still time to indulge in pies, yum!

  31. kankana says:

    That would taste heavenly. Love buttery crust and since I am more of a savory person , this pie will make me very happy.

  32. Rita Sella says:

    mouth watering pie… love to try this recipe soon, even winter has passed

  33. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Amazing photo Anh! Your photo reminds me how important it is to take a good picture of food. It's always challenge but every time I come here I reassure I need to work on my photography. Stewed beef pie looks really good. Never put beef in the pie. How delicious it is!

  34. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says:

    Wow, ten years is a long time to be away from home but you seem to love your new home which is wonderful!

  35. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    The hot water pastry worked a treat! It looks so buttery and delicious :)

  36. Cynthia says:

    I love all types of beef pies. They work so well eh – beef and pastry. Yum!

  37. Edith says:

    Interesting I am going to try this out!

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