Perfect pasties

Perfect pasties

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 55 mins Plus chilling

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Makes 4
Reawaken childhood memories of summer holidays with Sara Buenfeld's eat-by-the-sea favourite, the humble pasty

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per pasty

  • kcal1174
  • fat68g
  • saturates35g
  • carbs114g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.96g
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    For the pastry

    • 125g chilled and diced butter



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 125g lard
    • 500g plain flour, plus extra
    • 1 egg, beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    For the filling

    • 350g beef skirt or chuck steak, finely chopped
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 2 medium potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced



      The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

    • 175g swede, peeled, finely diced
      Two slices of swede



      A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

    • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper


    1. Rub the butter and lard into the flour with a pinch of salt using your fingertips or a food processor, then blend in 6 tbsp cold water to make a firm dough. Cut equally into 4, then chill for 20 mins.

    2. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix together the filling ingredients with 1 tsp salt. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface until large enough to make a round about 23cm across – use a plate to trim it to shape. Firmly pack a quarter of the filling along the centre of each round, leaving a margin at each end. Brush the pastry all the way round the edge with beaten egg, carefully draw up both sides so that they meet at the top, then pinch them together to seal. Lift onto a non-stick baking tray and brush with the remaining egg to glaze.

    3. Bake for 10 mins, then lower oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and cook for 45 mins more until golden. Great served warm.

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    Moira McCullough
    22nd Mar, 2019
    I'm Cornish and have been making pasties for years. I always crimp my pasties across the top just as my Granny did. And you don't need to use an egg. Just brush cold water around the edge to bind it together when you crimp it.
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    Ethan Moffat
    20th Jun, 2018
    "im sorry but this is to misleading I am from cornwall and this is not a proper pasty, for a real pasty the crimping must be on top we Cornish would take this as an insult to are culture so please rename the dish" - My Opinion - By Me
    spindoctor's picture
    13th Jul, 2018
    Are you mad? Read the recipe instructions! "Brush the pastry all the way around the edge with beaten egg, carefully draw up both sides so that they meet at the top, then pinch them together to seal" it clearly says they are sealed at the top.
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    Freshman Videos
    16th Mar, 2018
    im sorry but this is to misleading I am from cornwall and this is not a proper pasty, for a real pasty the crimping must be on top we Cornish would take this as an insult to are culture so please rename the dish
    30th Aug, 2018
    Read and grow up. Cornish pasties should be crimped on the sides.
    8th Mar, 2018
    I made pasties today for the first time in my life, and my partner thought they were so good he ate two. I used celeriac instead of swede, as I had the two rootvegetables confused, which is funny as I am from Sweden :) I used a 1/3 of each meat, potatoes, and celeriac, and one onion. Then I peppered and put a beef buillion cube in. I took them out after 10+35 min and they were done. I tried the egg trick of brushing the edges before sealing. It is not a good idea, they stick better without the egg. I made these with store bought puff pastry so can't comment on that part of the recipe. Will def do these again!
    9th Sep, 2017
    I made these a couple of weeks ago - they turned out really well and my family loved them. Having read the reviews I added some butter and half a beef stock cube to the meat and potato mixture and it wasn't dry at all when cooked. I made 4 as the recipe suggested but next time I would probably use a smaller plate and make 5 or 6 as they were huge!
    13th Apr, 2016
    Made these for my normally fussy eating kids and they loved them as did my husband (who is a little less fussy). But.... are there really 1,174 calories per pasty?! ;)
    30th Aug, 2018
    What is the problem if once in a while?
    27th Jan, 2016
    I was born in Devon but holidayed in Cornwall my whole childhood and have loved Cornish pasties ever since, I now live in Ireland and so I don't use swede or turnip because the flavour of Irish swedes is so strong, I use carrot instead (I know, sacrilege!) and also lamb, as that was in the recipe given to me by an old Cornish lady who owned the tea shop we used to go to in the '60s in St. Agnes (fond memories!) My husband doesn't eat lamb so I use beef in his, but I prefer lamb. Also, I crimp on the top, because the texture of the pastie changes when you cook it on it's side, there is too much pastry in contact with the dish, if you know what I mean, that's just my opinion, but again, this is how I was taught by this lady all those years ago, I NEVER precook the ingredients, I always use plenty of seasoning, havent used a stock cube or added water or a knob of butter, might try that next time, though I quite like the filling a bit dry. I make the pastry using 40/60 ratio of fat to flour, once you rest the pastry for at least an hour before filling it should be fine, I haven't used strong flour, haven't ever needed to, but I might for research purposes! But all of these changes would not really be necessary if your core ingredients are good and flavourful enough, and I agree with the comment about onion, whatever the recipe says, add a little more, it wont hurt, and will add more flavour, moisture and general yumminess!


    20th Sep, 2017
    Exactly what is TREX? Where do you buy it? Where I live in the USA, Trex is a brand of composite decking. ;)
    goodfoodteam's picture
    23rd Sep, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Trex is a type of solid vegetable fat that can be used as an alternative ingredient in pastry.
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    Ethan Moffat
    20th Jun, 2018
    burger king foot lettuce
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    Joseph Russell
    20th Jun, 2018
    No u
    16th Aug, 2015
    I create vegetarian versions of these using 100g butter and 100g margarine for the pastry. The pastry is elastic and easy to use. For the filling I use Quorn mince and a lot more pepper than in this recipe which is more authentically Cornish, plus crimping on the side not the top ;)
    20th Dec, 2017
    Hi,do you use fresh or frozen quorn please?
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