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Traditional Cornish Pasty

Transport your taste buds to the rugged beauty of Cornwall with our Traditional Cornish Pasty recipe. This iconic hand-held delight features a flaky, golden pastry filled with a hearty mix of meat, potatoes, and vegetables. A staple of British culinary heritage, the Cornish Pasty is a portable feast that's as convenient as it is delicious.
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The Story

The Traditional Cornish Pasty is a marvel of simplicity and flavor. Encased in a golden, crimped pastry, the filling of tender meat, potatoes, onions, and swede (rutabaga) creates a wholesome and satisfying meal in every bite. Whether enjoyed warm or at room temperature, this portable pastry is perfect for picnics, lunchboxes, or a quick and hearty dinner.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Cold water (for pastry)
1 pound (450g) beef or lamb, diced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small swede (rutabaga), peeled and diced
Salt and black pepper (to taste)
Egg wash (1 beaten egg)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Cook Time:

1 Hrs 0 Mins

Total TIme:

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In a large bowl, combine the flour and cold, cubed butter. Rub the mixture together until it resembles breadcrumbs.


Gradually add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Do not overmix.


Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).


In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced meat, potatoes, onion, and swede. Season with salt and black pepper.


Divide the pastry into four equal portions and roll each portion into a circle on a floured surface.


Place a portion of the filling on one half of each pastry circle.


Fold the pastry over the filling, crimp the edges to seal, and transfer the pasties to a baking sheet.


Brush each pasty with the egg wash for a golden finish.


Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the pasties are golden brown and the filling is cooked through.

Tips for this recipe

Feel free to customize the filling with your favorite herbs or add a touch of grated cheese for extra richness. These pasties are versatile, and you can get creative with the ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

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