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Traditional Cornish Pasty

>>>Traditional Cornish Pasty
A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and is wrapped in all sorts of rumour and mystery, this version is as trad as it gets and it is unbelievable how much flavour you can get from such simple ingredients.

The Traditional Cornish Pasty.

A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and unsurprisingly is the source of much discussion. When I say discussion I mean argument!

However to call this dish famous in the UK would be an understatement. Any foodstuff name-checked in classics like the Robin Hood Chronicles, the Canterbury Tales and no less than three works of Shakespeare is no shrinking violet.

In short, the humble Cornish pasty is nothing more than a ‘hand pie’ as I see them called on the web. The filling is with four very good things and some salt and pepper.

Those four things are Potato, Onion, Swede (rutabaga elsewhere) and finally beef. It is then seasoned and wrapped in a pastry.

Afterward, it is baked in a slow oven to allow the flavours and juices to play. They are delicious straight from the oven but even better at room temperature if you ask me.

A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and is wrapped in all sorts of rumour and mystery, this version is as trad as it gets and it is unbelievable how much flavour you can get from such simple ingredients.

Pastry is important…

I have a few pies here on Krumpli. I usually advocate using store bought puff pastry for both my beef and ale pie and my chicken and mushroom pie.

Without reservation I recommend making your own pastry for a Cornish pasty. It is simple an all you have to do is work cold and use a food processor.

The most important aspect of the pastry is to lock in both the ingredients but also the steam and juices. That is the key to the flavour!

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As a result of this a shortcrust pastry is perfect. Mixing half butter and lard as the fat content really maximises this function.

Traditionally food of Cornish ‘miners’, if rumour is to be believed. The crimped crust serves as a hand hold and was discarded, because, well mucky hands of course.

By all means feel free to do this but I would advise you to have your head checked. The crust is the best bit!

I’ll leave you with one final bit of pasty trivia. A pasty crimped by a left handed person is called a cock pasty and a pasty crimped by a right handed pasty is a hen pasty, because… Well because nobody knows but do some digging and you will find plenty of folklore! In fact here is a good place to start!

It is hard to believe how much flavour you can get from so few ingredients but believe it you should!

A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and is wrapped in all sorts of rumour and mystery, this version is as trad as it gets and it is unbelievable how much flavour you can get from such simple ingredients.
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A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and is wrapped in all sorts of rumour and mystery, this version is as trad as it gets and it is unbelievable how much flavour you can get from such simple ingredients.
Traditional Cornish Pasty
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Resting Time
3 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4
Calories: 588 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
Ingredients
For the pastry:
  • 250 g Flour
  • 60 g Lard Shortning in the US.
  • 60 g Butter
  • 85 ml Cold Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
For the Filling:
  • 250 g Beef I use sirloin, cut into strips.
  • 125 g Potato
  • 75 g Swede 5mm dice.
  • 50 g Onion Sliced.
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Egg For glazing the pie.
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, salt, lard and butter to a food mixer and bring together.

  2. Pour in the water and mix until a ball is formed.

  3. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 3 hours.

  4. Chop and combine all of the ingredients for the filling with the exception of the egg.

  5. Divide the pastry into four and then roll out so that you can cut out 20cm discs.

  6. Place a quarter of the filling on each disc and then fold over sealing with water.

  7. Crimp the pasties by pinching the fold between your thumb and fore finger.

  8. Then fold over and continue until the entire edge is crimped, you can of course fold over in any method that works for you.

  9. Brush over with the beaten egg.

  10. Bake in a fan assisted oven at 160°C or 320°F for 50-55 minutes or 180°C or 350°F in a standard oven.

A traditional Cornish Pasty dates back to the 13th century and is wrapped in all sorts of rumour and mystery, this version is as trad as it gets and it is unbelievable how much flavour you can get from such simple ingredients.

2018-04-17T15:50:49+00:00

14 Comments

  1. Dannii April 3, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Can you believe that I have never had a real Cornish pasty before! I need to try and make these at the weekend.

    • Brian Jones April 4, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      lol, even in Cornwall they argue about a ‘real Cornish’ pasty 😉 Enjoy and chuck what ever you want in there and make it your own, just don’t tell anyone form Cornwall 😉

  2. Veena Azmanov April 3, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Wow, these are Cornish Pasty really impressive! Looks very tasty! I definitely want to try this cool recipe! I think this will be one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  3. Sarah April 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    These look absolutely mouth watering…and that filling sounds delicious!! What a perfect springtime dish! Can’t wait to make some!

    • Brian Jones April 4, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      They make a fab picnic dish, they are robust enough to be rattled around a little and add some chutney and you are laughing 🙂

  4. Claudia Lamascolo April 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I have never made anything this elegant what a great job you did they look flaky and perfect

    • Brian Jones April 4, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Thank you, although I’m not sure anyone has ever called the humble Cornish Pasty elegant before 😀

  5. Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter April 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    These pasties are looking to die for! I would have 3 and ask for seconds too! Great photography too x

    • Brian Jones April 4, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Tania, the second was tough to turn down… So I didn’t 😉

  6. Laura April 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Great memories of Padstow, I need to try this ASAP

    • Brian Jones April 4, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Have fun, they are so insanely simple in terms of there filling but the flavour from them is insane.

  7. Jeff April 7, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Bravo! I grew up in northern Michigan, where Cornish miners transplanted this tradition, and there, they’re called pasties. I love them. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

    • Brian Jones April 8, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Cheers Jeff… Enjoy, I can’t really claim this one, this recipe has largely remained unchanged for hundreds of years and is largely identical to the ‘protected’ status recipe, just slightly different vegetable ratios 🙂

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