Crispy topped Cumberland pie

Crispy topped Cumberland pie

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 3 hrs, 50 mins


Serves 5
This crisp, potato-topped pie is slow-cooked and inexpensive to make. It's a great family meal but smart enough for entertaining too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze assembled or cooked

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal486
  • fat21g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 2 celery sticks, sliced into 1cm pieces



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 really big carrot, halved lengthways then chunkily sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 5 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp each plain flour, tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cube, crumbled
  • 850g feather blade beef, or other braising cut, cut into large chunks



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 850g large potato



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 25g each mature cheddar and Parmesan, finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Soften the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a casserole with 1 tbsp oil and the butter for 10 mins. Stir in the flour, followed by the purée, Worcestershire sauce and stock cubes.

  2. Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30 mins -1 hr more until the meat is really tender and sauce thickened.

  3. Meanwhile, cook potatoes in a pan of boiling water until they’re not done but about ¾ of the way there.

  4. Transfer meat to a baking dish. Slice spuds into 1cm thick rounds and gently toss with seasoning, the remaining oil and thyme leaves. Layer on the beef, scattering with the cheese as you layer. You can cover and chill the pie now for 1 day, or freeze for up to 3 months.

  5. Increase oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and bake for 30-40 mins until golden and crispy, and sauce bubbling if the dish went in cold. Serve with peas.

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Comments (42)

weezef's picture

Really tasty - did it for a supper party. Was great as prepared it in advance.

mikety's picture

Very good! Found that I needed more liquid to stop it drying out, but went down a treat.

stevendaly83's picture

very tasty...I will try again!

driftwood13xx's picture

I've made this 3 times now with a slight variation each time. I made it first time and was quite sceptical it would be really tasty as there aren't many ingredients but I was delighted to be proved wrong - it's really gorgoeus and I heartily recommend you give it a try. Today I used celeriac (which needed using up) rather than celery. I diced it up small and chucked it in instead of the celery (which I don't like). I put double the amount of spuds on top (they also needed using up) and only had half the quantity of beef so halved all the rest of the flavourings. This is a really simple Winter Warmer which is very filling. Serve with any other green veg you have for a more substantial meal or just as it is for a one pot meal. We have enough leftover for hubby's lunch at work tomorrow and the rest will be frozen for another evening meal later this week.

knottiman's picture

This was lovely and the potatoes were particularly yummy, will definitely make it again.

chanelc's picture

Amazingly tasty! Looking forward to doing again and wouldn't change anything! However I may try in the slow cooker next time! X

plummy's picture

Delicious and very easy to make. Added a little more water than stated as we like a lot of sauce. Meat was really tender. A good family meal.

beckymillar's picture

I made this for a dinner party last night and it was lovely. Had to leave in the oven slightly longer to get the potatoes more crispy.

aussiechick's picture

so easy & delicious - will definitely make again, but will use slightly less Worcestershire sauce next time

pintsize's picture

Made this today it was very tasty and the sauce was rich and thick.
left out the cheese as we didn't fancy it. Will definitely make this again

ecchapman's picture

A really hearty warming meal. We ate half and froze half. It was even better the second time round.

Linnyma's picture

Easy to make. Very tasty. I would throw all this in a slow cooker next time. will definately cook again.

lizzafezza's picture

Followed recipe as is. Cooked today for Sunday lunch and feed 4 adults and 2 small children. Clean plates all round and compliments to the chef. Would make again.

milesp's picture

I chose this because i've a child who won't eat mash - this went down a storm. Makes a change from Sunday Roast. Meat is lovely and on my second time of making I did use less worcester sauce. A definiate family regular receipe from now on.

toffeebonbon's picture

Absolutely lovely

lorraine21's picture

Made this the other day but I floured the meat before sealing it in a pan first. Next time I think I would use a tad less Worcestershire sauce.

krissyb's picture

This was really lovely. I served it at a dinner party for 4 and think that everyone could have eaten a bit more!

shelagh1954's picture

Left the casserole in the oven on a lower temperature than stated and cooked for longer while we were out for the afternoon and finished with the potato topping when we got home. The meat just melted in your mouth. This made a lot of gravy so I didn't use it all in the pie, but served it separately. We all enjoyed it - a great, simple to do, dish for a cold day.

bikers-moll's picture

As there are only two of us, I made a half quantity of this last week and I used shin beef. It was really tasty and there was more than enough for two us with some left over for my lunch the next day.

maxnellie's picture

As I was going out I started this off in the slow cooker and then transferred it to the oven for a couple of hours.
The meat just fell apart and everything else was delicious, the only thing I would say is that you would struggle to feed 5 with this recipe.


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