When we had our family get together a few weeks ago my dad was telling me about someone he knows being confused about how to pronounce Cornish Pasty. This person would insist on pronouncing it pasty as in paste. We had a good laugh about that, I asked if dad had explained that pronunciation required dollar bills!
As I did research on recipes for Cornish Pasties I realised that in 2011 it was given a PGI similar to Chianti or Parmesan cheese. So I went to the official site for a Cornish Pasty to find out how to make these.
I’m not sure how stringent they are in protecting the Cornish Pasty because I have had several in the UK, many variations which include peas or carrots, different ways of doing the beef, etc. I followed their way as closely as I could. I’ll show what the actual recipe says and what I did based on the ingredients I had.
For the pastry:
500g strong bread flour (I used our all purpose flour)
120g white shortening
25g cake margarine (I used butter)
175g cold water
Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until the water is incorporated. Tip out onto the counter. This will be very crumbly.
Knead the dough together to incorporate the shortening and butter. This will be a stiff dough.
Cover and place in the fridge for 3 hours. I only was able to have it in there for 2 but it came out well.
For the filling:
450g skirt steak (I had about 390g)
450g potato (they said to use waxy potatoes but I used what we had on hand and used our freshly harvested red potatoes. Also, to keep the ratio of the filling intact I used about 390g of potato)
250g swede (rutabaga)
200g of onion
Chop the steak onion into 1/2″ cubes. Chop the swede and potato into 1/4″ cubes. Season well with salt and pepper. The recipe says to have a 2:1 ratio of salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 410F/210C
Divide the pastry into four portions. Roll out thinly and spoon the filling into the centre. I found that 1 1/2 cup of filling was as much as the pastry could hold. Add two dollops of butter.
Fold over the pastry and roll crimp from one side round to the other side. Put a few slits in the top.
One step I forgot was to brush milk over the pastry before baking. Bake for an hour until golden brown.
I did find a disconnect between the amount of pastry they say to make and the filling. I had about a third of the filling leftover and it was reduced based on what I had. When I make this again I will reduce the filling even more.
We all enjoyed it and I loved the simplicity of the recipe. And I have to get to Cornwall and see what the real thing is because it looks like I haven’t bought real ones yet!