I love a good old Cornish Pasty. It’s a traditional dish dating back years. According to wiki, a Cornish pasty is regarded as the national dish and accounts for 6% of the Cornish food economy apparently. Well I never.
A pasty is a baked pastry for those who don’t know. These originate from Cornwall. To make a Cornish pasty you add uncooked meat and veg, to shortcrust pastry. Wrap it up, bang it in the oven and bake it.
If you’ve not been to Cornwall, you should go. I’ve visited a few time over the past few years camping. What I love about Cornwall is all of the traditional foods. I absolutely love the dairy products! Cornwall is well known for it’s traditional ice cream, and beautiful clotted cream. A favourite of mine is Looe Valley Cider. If you’re ever fortunate to to be near Looe in Cornwall its definitely worth a visit!
This is quite a simple recipe, and is the traditional meat and vegetable filling.
You can use pre-made pastry. Here is the recipe for making them from scratch
For the Pastry:
What you’ll need to make a Cornish Pasty :
- 1 Cup plain flour
- 50g butter
- Splash of cold water
- Pinch of salt
For the Cornish Pasty Filling:
- Handful of diced beef
- 1 Egg beaten
- 1/2 cup cube potatoes
- 1 Onion chopped finely
- 1/2 cup of swede
- In a bowl, mix the pastry ingredients together. Add splash, or a few tablespoons of cold water. Stir with a knife. Keep stirring, and you will get a doughy mixture.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes
- Heat the oven to 220C/420F
- Divide the pastry into 4 equal pieces, about a 6 inch diameter ideally
- Place the beef, swede, potato and onion into a large bowl and season well and mix together.
- Place the mix evenly between the 4 pastries, and line the edges with the beaten egg by brushing gently onto pastry.
- Hold the outsides of the pastry. Fold together at 3 o’clock, and at 9 o’clock the edges meet.
- Crimp together tightly to seal, and brush with remaining egg
- Bake for 45 minutes til golden brown.
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