Miso, mushroom & brisket pie with a slice taken out

Miso, mushroom & brisket pie

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 4 hrs, 10 mins Plus soaking, cooling and chilling


Serves 6-8

Try this beef pie and you won't look back. It will smack you round the chops with its umami richness from the miso, soy, parmesan and porcini ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal643
  • fat38g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 20g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 200g button mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 800g beef brisket, or another cut of stewing steak, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 125ml (small glass) red wine
  • 1 tbsp brown miso paste
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 600ml beef stock

For the pastry

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 75g shredded suet
  • 100g cold butter, cut into small pieces



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 25g parmesan, grated



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

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • pinch flaky sea salt


  1. Cover the porcini in 100ml boiling water and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wide pan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat, stirring often for about 10 mins until soft. Push to one side of the pan, add the button mushrooms and thyme, fry until any water has evaporated and the mushrooms are soft and taking on some colour (about 4-6 mins). Scrape the onions and mushrooms into a bowl.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan. Toss the beef in the mustard powder, flour and some seasoning, then fry, in batches if needed, until each piece has a dark brown crust. Drain the porcini mushrooms, but keep the soaking liquid, and roughly chop them. Return all the beef, onions and mushrooms to the pan along with the porcini liquid. Add the wine and bubble for a few mins, scraping the bottom to release any tasty bits. Add the miso, soy and stock, season and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer for 2 hrs 30 mins-3 hrs until the beef is as tender as you’d like it. Stir every 15 mins or so, adding more water if it’s sticking to the bottom of the pan. Strain the stew through a sieve over a large pan or bowl and discard the thyme sprigs. Stir 100ml liquid back into the beef and transfer the rest to a jug – this will be your gravy. Cool the stew and gravy, then chill. You can do this up to three days before assembling the pie.

  3. Mix the ingredients for the pastry, except the egg, in a food processor with a good pinch of salt. Slowly add water, a tablespoon at a time, until the pastry starts to clump together (ours needed 5 tbsp). Tip onto your surface and knead a few times to incorporate any flaky bits. Remove a third of the pastry and shape both pieces into discs, wrap in cling film or baking parchment and chill for at least 30 mins, or up to one day.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 with a baking sheet heating up on the middle shelf. Roll out the larger piece of pastry, using a little flour if you need it, until about the thickness of a £1 coin. Lift over your rolling pin and use to line a metal or enamel cake tin or pie dish – we used a deep, loose-bottomed 20cm cake tin – leaving plenty of pastry hanging over the edges. Fill with the cooled stew. Brush around the inside edge of the pastry with egg then roll out the remaining pastry and use to cover the pie.

  5. Squash or crimp the edges and roll the pastry back on itself to create a seal. Press the edge lightly with a fork, if you like, brush with egg and make a generous steam hole in the middle (we used the end of a large round piping nozzle to do this). Sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Bake for 45-50 mins until the pastry is deep golden brown, then leave to cool for 10 mins while you reheat the gravy. Remove the pie from the tin and serve with gravy, mash and veg.

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28th Nov, 2019
This is a properly delicious pie with an amazingly deep, rich, savoury flavour. You can really taste the mushroom and the parmesan pastry is killer and has become my go-to for pies. I'm making this for the second time tonight, as the first time was three months ago and my boyfriend hasn't shut up about it since. Seriously, make this pie.
10th Nov, 2018
Yum yum yum. Great pie. Filling would be a delicious stew by itself or with dumplings etc. too. And I was very pleased that it did hold its shape and look great. I waited more like 30 mins before taking it out of the tin and it was still nice and hot. Really handy that the recipe provides you with gravy. PS my cake tin was deeper than the pie too, but it didn't matter - just put the lid on top of the filling and press against the sides, then trim/fold/roll over. Hope that makes sense!
nicky le f
8th Oct, 2018
It was ok, but I wouldn't do again. Bit TOO rich (if that's possible) & was reliant on side dishes to make it an interesting meal overall. Their idea of a 'deep' cake tin is different to mine - I used a 20cm cake tin as suggested, but it was too deep, so ended up looking a little more 'rustic' than planned! For that size, I'd suggest a tin no deeper than maybe 5 or 6 cm
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