If you’ve ever been to Cornwall you’d have been hard pushed not to see, smell or try a Cornish Pasty. And a proper pasty is a serious business, don’t even think about adding peas to the classic recipe, it’s unforgivable. The classic mix of beef, potato, swede and pastry is hard to beat and I recently found out there’s such a thing as Cornish Pasty Week! If you ask me that’s a great excuse to eat as many pasties as possible between 25th February and 3rd March. The week culminates with the World Pasty Championship which takes place at the Eden project on 3rd March.
Before the pasty police come out in force and criticise my ingredients or method, I think it’s important to point out that I am not Cornish. However, my better half is half Cornish and his Grandmother a full on Kernow woman and she has passed on some of her pasty knowledge.
Making pasties is quite personal; only you know what proportions of vegetables and meat you like, how full you want your pasty to be and how big. Because of this I can provide a guide but you can change proportions at will. To make four large pasties I used: one large and one medium potato, half a swede, three small onions and 500g of skirt steak. For the pastry I used 400g of plain flour, 200g butter and enough cold water to make a dough.