Roasted Welsh Beef Topside with damson and 5 spice


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4-5, 180°C, 350°F. Weigh the joint and calculate the cooking time using the timings: Rare - 20 minutes per 450g/½kg (1lb) plus 20 minutes. Medium - 25 minutes per 450g/½kg (1lb) plus 25 minutes. Well done - 30 minutes per 450g/½kg (1lb) plus 30 minutes.
  2. Place joint on a rack in a roasting tin. Mix together the damson jam and 5 spice. Twenty minutes before the end of cooking brush or spoon over the joint - repeat this 5 minutes later.
  3. Open roast in a preheated oven.
  4. Serve thick slices of beef with roasted beetroot and potatoes and use the meat juices to drizzle.

Recipe Information

Serves 6
Calories 268 kcals
Cooking Time


  • 1.25kg (2½lb) lean boneless Welsh beef topside joint
  • 45ml (3tbsp) damson or plum jam
  • 2.5ml (½tsp) Chinese 5 spice

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 268 kcal
  • Energy 1135kj
  • Fat 5.6g
  • Saturates 2.3 g
  • Salt 0.41g
  • Iron 4.04mg
  • 5-a-day