Well Cornwall will tell you only Cornwall produce real Cornish pasties. Just like people in Champagne would say the only place that produces real champagne is Champagne. All sounds a bit much to me. The European Union has a lot to answer for (just ask Conor) I mean it’s not like Pizza Hut is laying claim to the pizza. Or McDonalds the burger. Well it might be.
Anyway I am a pie boy. Meat and pastry. It’s not good for you and it rarely looks pretty but it always tastes good. Even when you cock it up. And when pastry comes into the equation I usually do. Cock it up that is. The last time I made pasties I made my own shortcrust pastry and they were so heavy I could have used them as bricks.
But Cornish Pasties are so simple I tried again. I mean there are only a few ingredients. How hard can it be?
For completely non-traditional Cornish Pasties, originated about 160 miles east of Cornwall, you will need
- Some beef. I used another load of left-overs from the Prime Rib I cooked about a month ago. Obviously I did this recipe a while ago. Otherwise the beef would be green and moving around
- Chopped potato and swede, par-boiled
- Some juicy gravy bits from the beef
- Puff Pastry
- Salt and Pepper
- Egg wash
First off get the filling ready: combine meat and veg with the gravy:
Now unroll the pastry and using a small plate cut out a circle:
Spoon a good dollop of filling on one side of the circle:
Now fold over the pastry and crimp the edge. The basic problem with pastry, I have found, is that you need to keep things cool. But I suffer from hot hand syndrome and so pastry tends to get warm, sweaty and does everything it can to fall to bits. So I did my best but the uncooked pasties still look a bit rubbish:
Brush on some egg wash and put in the oven (about 200 degrees centigrade) for 20 minutes or so.
They don’t really look like Cornish Pasties. But that’s okay because they weren’t made in Cornwall. Best served with a great big glug of Ketchup:
Come on give me some of your favourite food failures. Its much more fun than the successes.