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Cornish Recipes and Food from Cornwall - A Cornish Pasty

A Cornish Pasty

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The Cornish pasty is known and loved throughout Great Britain and Ireland and not surprisingly when a Cornish pasty recipe is so simple and easy.

The pasty evolved for Cornish tin miners, who, unable to return to the surface at lunchtime had a hearty, easy to hold and eat, lunch dish. With their hands often dirty from a mornings work, the pasty could be held by the thick pastry crust without contaminating the contents.

The Cornish Pasty is great for a lunch box but also makes a great main course dish when served with fresh vegetables.

In 2011 Cornish Pasties were given a PDO Status and so though my recipe is not exactly made to their criteria, it is nonetheless a great pasty. Watch My Video on How to Make Cornish Pasties

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • For the Pastry
  • 4 oz/110g all purpose/plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2oz/ 55g butter, cubed
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • For the Filling
  • ¼ cup/50g onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup /110g potato, cut into 1/4 inch /5 mm dice
  • ½ cup /110g , cut swede into 1/4 inch /5 mm dice
  • 4oz /110g rump steak, cut into small cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Preparation:

Makes 2 pasties
Pre-heat oven to 425 °F /220 °C/ Gas 7.

First make the shortcrust pastry.
  • Place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
  • Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry,
  • Wrap the dough in Saran wrap/Clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.

    The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the water, slowly, through the funnel until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap/ Clingfilm and chill as above.

  • Divide the pastry into 4 and roll each piece into rounds the size of a tea plate (approx 6 - 7 inches).
  • Place the onion, potato, swede and meat into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the meat mixture between each pastry circle and place to one side of the circle. Brush the edges with a little beaten egg.
  • Fold the circle in half over the filling so the two edges meet. Crimp the two edges together to create a tight seal. Brush each pasty all over with the remaining beaten egg.
  • Place the pasties on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve hot or cold.

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