Oxtail Stew with Pesto-Swirled Dombolo

Impress your guests with this yummy Oxtail Stew with Pesto-Swirled Dombolo! make sure there’s more for iskhaftin when your guests leave.

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1 kg oxtail
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
30ml (2 tbsp) cake flour
30ml (2 tbsp) Stork Baking Margarine
8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
1 large leek or onion, coarsely chopped
2 sticks celery, coarsely chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
150g button mushrooms halved
125ml (1/2 cup) red wine
375ml (1 ½ cups) beef stock
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh thyme
15ml (1 tbsp) tomato paste


280g (500ml) cake flour
5ml (1 tsp) instant dry yeast
5ml (1 tsp) salt
180ml (¾ cup) warm water, plus extra if necessary
20 g Stork Baking Margarine, melted
60ml (¼ cup) basil pesto

Step by step method

  1. Season the oxtail well with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss in the flour and shake off the excess.
  3. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and brown the oxtail on all sides.
  4. Remove the oxtail from the pot and set aside.
  5. Add the bacon to the same pot and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until browned.
  6. Return the oxtail to the pot along with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Cover and allow to simmer over low heat for at least 3 hours or until tender.
  8. To make the Dombolo, place the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl.
  9. Make a well in the centre and add the warm water and STORK Bake.
  10. Mix to form a rough dough.
  11. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead well for about 8 minutes until smooth.
  12. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  13. Roll the dough out into a large 20cm wide rectangle and spread the pesto all over the dough.
  14. Roll up into a large sausage and slice 2cm-thick slices.
  15. Arrange the slices cut-side up on top of the oxtail stew.
  16. Cover with the lid and simmer for 30 minutes or until puffed and cooked through.
  17. Serve immediately.
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