Perfect pasties

Perfect pasties

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(47 ratings)

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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    7th Mar, 2013
    Being Devonian, I love pasties (westcountry versions)and am always looking to improve my recipe, this one isn`t good, best pastry is half to two thirds fat to weight of flour, pure lard being best!
    7th Mar, 2013
    ?? I am pure Devonshire, Dartmothian in fact and have always loved the Cornish Pasty, but I have also love the Devonshire Pasty, which my Uncles used to take to work, as their jobs were sometimes quite dirty work, but the Devonshire Pasty is a TIDDY OGGIE, NOT THE Cornish Pasty, the Cornis Pasty is a Cornish Pasty.
    12th Jan, 2013
    I make these regularly. However the filling may depend on what I have, have done with chicken, or just chopped up cheese triangles. Made a tomato version another time. So easy.
    12th Nov, 2012
    Not enough pepper....and crimped on top ???? I dont think so...always crimped on the side in Cornwall..crimping on top is the Devon way
    23rd Oct, 2012
    Turned out good in the end although I had to ignore the instructions. I added cheese to the filling. Also, I boiled the potatoes and swedes first before adding to the filling so I only had to cook it for 15 minutes.
    29th Sep, 2012
    mine didnt look like your picture, used corn beef from a can instead, tasted fine, even my son ate it. will have another go soon. perhaps my oven was a bit too hot to start with, will try again.
    27th Sep, 2012
    PASTIE UPDATE:- Once I had got over the pastry drama and purchased a roll in a flash the pasties came together and I turned the mixture into seven beautiful packages. They went down a treat and although the pastry will NEVER be attempted again for this recipe I shall certainly be doing them again. Hubby munched his way through most of them leaving just enough for the children. I shall mark with four stars leaving one off for the awful pastry mix. If you purchase your pastry, or use another homemade recipe, then these pasties are well worth doing. I have had requests for more!
    26th Sep, 2012
    The pastry for this recipe is absolutely ridiculous. This has ruined my evening meal as when it came to roll out and pack the pasties the pastry just falls apart. I followed it to the letter but there is no way on this earth that I can get this pastry to behave and the pasties that I have made look like I have dragged them out of the dustbin after being patched up best I can. I am now in such a stinking mood that I am off to the local shop to purchase a roll of pastry that I know for a fact will do the job and save the day. Hopefully the filling will be worth all the hassle!!
    24th Sep, 2012
    Sorry, this will be a big miss. Won't try again. Extremely dry and awkward pastry and the filling was far too dry. Not worth the effort for me. Sorry
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    23rd Sep, 2012
    pasty doesn't have the great flavour and texture of a great pasty, mainly being too dry. But a good place to start


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