Monday, 7 March 2011

235: Yorkshire Cornish Pasties

I had some pastry leftover from the game pie, and I've been wanting to make Cornish Pasties for a little while. However, when I came to look at the recipe and went looking for veggies:
  • According to wikipedia - which is always true - true Cornish pasties do not contain carrots
  • I didn't have any turnip, and I'd thought I had.
So, ingredients became:
  • 250gs lamb, cubed with all the fat trimmed off
  • 1 smallish onion
  • 1 little clove garlic
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 medium carrot (Carrots were always good enough for the sadly defunct Ainsley's, so they're good enough for me)
  • 1 parsnip
I think I should have had more meat for that amount of veggies.

  • Fry the onion and garlic, some salt and plenty of pepper
  • Add the lamb cook, adding some thyme and worcester sauce
  • Dice the vegetables
  • Boil, drain
  • Mix it all up
  • Roll the pastry out fairly thin
  • Place in pastry
  • Seal with Eggy-wash
  • Oven @200 for 25 minutes or so

I didn't do a bad job of rolling the pastry out thinly. The pastry didn't seem to show any ill effect from having been in the fridge a couple of days.

Here my failings came to the fore. Although successful at rolling the pastry thinly, I hadn't really paid any attention to what shape the thin-roll-ed pastry was. And just like at Christmas; I'm just no good at wrapping stuff. A combination of insufficient eggy-wash and general clartyness resulted in these ugly beasties.

Tasted nice though.

What this did prove was I didn't have enough pastry for the whole mix - so the last two pasties became pies. With plenty of eggy-wash. It it looks all the better for it.
Didn't take long all in. So even though the results are a bit ugly and not quite as planned I'm still happy with my efforts.


  1. Ooh lovely, Cornish (sort of) pasties. They are very satisfying things to make.

  2. But Cornish pasties don't contain turnip either!!!! Swede, it's swede. So actually you did good with the carrot colour wise. Well done for having a go. i tried once, far too fiddly and never bothered again. Of course, to be pedantic, you are no longer allowed to call them Cornish pasties - unless made here in our fair land ;-)

  3. There's a mixed response! Sorry for the slow reply, things have been manic at the day job.

    Wikipedia said nothing about turnip! (although, I must confess I've long been a little confused between swedes and turnips.)



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