Sweet-spiced Beef Goulash Pie
Sweet-spiced Beef Goulash Pie

Sweet-spiced Beef Goulash Pie

The cane sugar-glazed shallots added to this hearty, paprika-spiced beef pie, also make an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and roast game.




50 mins


2.5-3 hs


  • 2 rounded tbsp Tate & Lyle Dark Soft Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 950g trimmed weight shin of beef or braising steak (cut into large cubes)
  • 200g button chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled & crushed)
  • 75g butter
  • 1 rounded tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 rounded tbsp plain flour (extra for rolling)
  • 570ml (1pt) beef stock
  • 400g tin chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 275g small shallots (peeled with the root end left on)
  • 75ml beef stock
  • 75ml red wine
  • 225g jar roasted piquillo red peppers (drained & cut into large pieces)
  • 375g all butter puff pastry
  • 1 small egg (beaten)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a moderately high heat. Fry the meat in batches for 3-4 minutes on all sides to brown. Transfer to a large saucepan.
  2. Fry the mushrooms and garlic in the oil and meat juices remaining in the frying pan for 3-4 minutes, then remove to a bowl and set aside. 
  3. Add 50g (2oz) of the butter to the frying pan set over a low heat, stir in the paprika and flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time. Off the heat, stir in the stock and then the tomatoes, bring to the boil and pour over the pan of meat. Add the bay leaves and season well with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce to the lowest simmer, cover and cook for 1½ -2 hours or until really tender, skimming off any excess oil from time to time and giving everything the occasional stir. Remove the lid during the last 30 minutes to allow the liquid to reduce and thicken.
  4. Whilst the meat is cooking, melt the remaining 25g (1oz) of butter in the frying pan, add the Tate & Lyle Dark Soft Brown Sugar and stir until dissolved, then add the shallots and fry for 5 minutes until golden. Pour in the wine and stock, bring to the boil, simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender and the liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze. Set aside 1 shallot for decorating the pie.
  5. Tip the shallots into the goulash along with any liquid, and add the mushrooms and the peppers. Cook for 10 minutes to allow the flavours to combine. Discard the bay leaves, check the seasoning, then transfer to the pie dish and leave to cool.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan180°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7.
  7. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to 5cm (2”) bigger than the pie dish. Cut a 2.5cm (1”) strip of pastry and place it round the rim of the dish. Brush with water, then lay the pastry over the top, trimming the excess and pressing down the edges. Crimp the edges, arrange the reserved shallot on top, and brush the pastry with egg. Make a steam hole to the side of the shallot with a fine skewer.
  8. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is risen and golden brown. Serve piping hot.

You will also need an ovenproof pie dish with a 1.2l (2pt) capacity. 


When brushing the pastry top, ensure it's done evenly so the golden glow isn't patchy.