Home Made Cook of the Year – Winter Warming Beef Cobbler

20/07/2012 | Posted in Kitchen, Home Made Cook of the Year

Make sure you check out this fantastic entry to our Home Made Cook of the Year competition, in which we’re inviting the UK’s homemade kitchen heroes to submit their most delicious home cooked recipes.



Simply send us a recipe for a dish that costs no more than £7.50 and can feed a family of four. If your dish impresses our panel of judges enough, you’ll be invited to cook for celeb chef Brian Turner at the WI’s Denman College and could also walk away with a whole host of foodie prizes (click here to get the full lowdown on the competition and how to enter)

Thanks to Caroline Grant for sending us her wonderfully wintery Beef Cobbler recipe. Why not take a look and give it a try?


Winter Warming Beef Cobbler


900g (2lb) Stewing Beef, trimmed

600ml (1 pint) Beef Stock

1 x Onion

2 x Large Carrots

6 x tbsp Oil

2 x tbsp Flour

1 x tsp Salt

1 x tsp Pepper

1 x tsp dried mixed herbs

1 x Cobbler

225g (8oz) Flour

225g (8oz) Cheddar Cheese

25g (1oz) Butter

2 x Eggs

2 x tbsp Milk

1 x tbsp Parsley


  • Pre-heat oven to 220°C: 425°F: Gas 7.
  • Trim any excess fat from the beef and cut into chunks.
  • Peel and chop all of the vegetables.
  • Heat half the oil in a large saucepan.
  • Season the flour with salt pepper & the mixed herbs.
  • Lightly coat the pieces of beef and fry in batches until golden brown.
  • Remove and place into a casserole dish.
  • Add the remaining oil and brown the vegetables.
  • Remove and add into a casserole dish.
  • Add the stock to the saucepan to de-glaze, pour into the casserole.
  • Cover and cook for 1¼ hours.

To Make the Cobbler Topping:

  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rub the butter  into the flour.
  • Add the parsley and three quarters of the grated cheese.
  • Mix the egg & milk  together and fold into the flour mixture.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven.
  • Divide the cobbler mixture into 8 portions and place on top of the casserole .
  • Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Increase the oven heat and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with mashed potato and garden peas

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