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Pot Roast Brisket with Christmas Spices


  • 1.25kg-1.3kg/2¾-3lb lean beef brisket joint

  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves, roughly broken

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 10 black peppercorns

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

  • 30ml/2tbsp demerara sugar

  • 30ml/2tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 100g/4oz dried, ready to eat figs, left whole or halved

  • 600ml/1pint mulled wine

  • 30ml/2tbsp sunflower oil

  • 175g/6oz carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 450g/1ib leeks, roughly chopped

  • 4 small red onions, peeled and cut into quarters


  1. Season the brisket and place in a large casserole dish. In a small bowl mix together the spices, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, figs and mulled wine. Pour over the brisket and mix to coat the joint. Cover, refrigerate and marinate for approximately 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.

  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Remove the joint from the marinade (do not discard), pat dry and brown on all sides. Return to the casserole dish with the marinade mixture and add the vegetables.

  4. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer on the hob or in the oven for the calculated cooking time.


Serve with the vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:
30-40 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30-40minutes
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