While this is not for everyday, a splurge once in awhile feels so extra special when it is for a true friend!
Cover tightly with foil and place in oven for about 1 hour to the pound of beef.
Using a slotted spoon, Drain the beef & vegetable mixture into a clean dish or large bowl.
Drain off ½ cup of liquid into a saucepan, throw out the rest. Return the beef & vegetables and set the piece of foil back on top while you make the gravy.
Mix 2 Tbs of cake flour into the cup of beef stock until well blended. Heat the meat juices as you stir in beef stock. Continue to stir as this cooks. It will be very thick. Taste – you might want a touch of Worcester sauce to deepen the flavor. When satisfied with taste, pour over the mixture.
Now carefully carry the wax paper with the dough sticking to it to the baking dish. Invert this onto the mixture and carefully peel off the paper.
In a small bowl whisk up the egg and brush this over the dough. Return this to the now 375 degree oven for a final ½ hour.
Check the meat with a thermometer, it should be at least 160 degrees.