Classic Beef Pot Roast makes a delicious meal that is ready when you are when made in the slow cooker. If you don't own a slow cooker, cook the pot roast and vegetables in a heavy Dutch oven pot at 325°F (160°C) in the oven for about 3 hours or until fork-tender.
1. Combine crushed fennel seeds with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each of the salt and pepper, rub all over roast. In Dutch oven or stockpot, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; brown beef all over, turning with tongs, about 10 minutes. Transfer pot roast to slow-cooker; set aside. Reduce stove-top heat to medium. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven if necessary; cook onions, carrots and remaining salt and pepper, stirring, for 4 minutes or until just golden. Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
2. Add beef stock and bay leaves to Dutch oven; bring to boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of pot. Transfer vegetables, broth and bay leaves to slow-cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until fork tender.
3. Remove bay leaves and discard; skim fat from sauce if necessary. Carve roast across the grain and serve with sauce and braised vegetables.