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Hairy Bikers' The People's Cornish Pasty
Hairy Bikers' The People's Cornish Pasty
  • Serves: 6

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

The Hairy Bikers' delicious Cornish pastry recipe, which is from their brilliant 'Food Tour of Britain' TV show is warming, filling and delicious. Learn how to make your own pastry and fill with the traditional Cornish filling with this easy-to-make recipe. Perfect for picnics, parties or just a nice lunch with the family. This recipe makes 6 Cornish pasties and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to prepare and cook. This hearty classic is sure to become a family favourite and keep everyone happy and full when it comes to eating them. If you have any leftover pasties, leave to cool thoroughly and then store wrapped in clingfilm in the fridge.

Ingredients

Pasty:
  • 450g plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 125ml cold water

Cornish pasty filling:

  • 450g potato, finely diced
  • 150g swede, finely diced
  • 150g onion, finely chopped
  • 300g beef skirt, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 40g butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. To make the pastry: Place the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and egg yolks into a food processor and blitz until the mixture forms crumbs. Slowly add the water until a ball of pastry miraculously appears - you may not need all the water. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and leave it to chill in the fridge for an hour.
  2. To prepare the Cornish pasty filling: Preheat the oven to 180C (gas mark 4). Roll out the pastry to the thickness you like, but be careful not to tear it. Using a dinner plate as a template, cut out 6 discs of pastry.
  3. Season the vegetables separately with salt and black pepper. Put the beef into a bowl and mix with the flour and some salt and pepper. Place some potatoes, swede, onions and beef on one half of the circle, leaving a gap round the edge. Dot with butter. Brush around the perimeter of the pastry circle with the beaten egg, then fold the pastry over the vegetables and meat and seal firmly. Starting at one side, crimp the edges over to form a sealed D-shaped pasty. Brush the whole pasty with beaten egg, then make a steam hole in the centre with a sharp knife.
  4. Repeat to make the other pasties. Put the pasties in the oven and cook for 50 mins until they are crispy and golden and the filling is cooked through. Leave them to rest for 5-10 mins before eating.

This recipe is from The Hairy Biker's Food Tour of Britain from Weidenfeld & Nicolson, available from Amazon (RRP 20.00)

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