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Cornish pasties


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 1 hr
timeTotal time:
Cornish pasties
Recipe photograph by Mike English
Its roots stretch back to medieval times, but the Cornish pasty is forever associated with the tin miners of Cornwall in the 1700s and 1800s. Traditionally made with skirt steak, the pasties’ pleated seam was used as a disposable handle, and the miners’ initials were sometimes marked in the pastry before baking

Serves: 6
timePrep time: 1 hr
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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
827Kcal
Fat
42gr
Saturates
22gr
Carbs
82gr
Sugars
6gr
Fibre
7gr
Protein
27gr
Salt
1.9gr

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin learned the tricks of the trade from cookery legend Delia Smith. A trusted recipe writer for the magazine for over 25 years, she is now our Cookery Workflow Editor, overseeing testing and editing to ensure that every recipe tastes great, is straightforward to follow and works without fail. In her home kitchen, Tamsin creates fuss-free flavour-packed food for friends and family, with baking being her ultimate form of comfort cooking
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Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin learned the tricks of the trade from cookery legend Delia Smith. A trusted recipe writer for the magazine for over 25 years, she is now our Cookery Workflow Editor, overseeing testing and editing to ensure that every recipe tastes great, is straightforward to follow and works without fail. In her home kitchen, Tamsin creates fuss-free flavour-packed food for friends and family, with baking being her ultimate form of comfort cooking
See more of Tamsin Burnett-Hall’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 100g lard or white vegetable fat, diced
  • 150g butter, diced
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
For the filling
  • 400g casserole steak, trimmed and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 400g potatoes, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 200g swede, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt

Step by step

Get ahead
These keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat to serve.
  1. Make the pastry a few hours ahead. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and rub in the fats until crumb-like. Add about 100ml cold water to bring together as a dough, then knead for 3-4 minutes until the pastry becomes slightly elastic (unlike for regular shortcrust).
  2. Wrap and chill for 2-3 hours. Preheat oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6, and line a large baking tray.
  3. Divide into 6 balls and roll each one out to about 22cm in diameter – use a side plate to trim to a circle. Combine the filling ingredients in a mixing bowl with a good grinding of black pepper and season it well with salt.
  4. Heap the filling onto one side of each circle, brush the border with beaten egg, then fold the pastry over the top and seal in a half-circle. Use your index finger and thumb to crimp and twist the edge, tucking the ends beneath. Transfer to the tray and brush with beaten egg to glaze.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes initially, then reduce the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas 3 and bake for a further 45 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Let the pasties cool for at least 15 minutes before eating.

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