Food.The Complete Cornish Pasty Recipe.Make these Delicious Meat Pasties found in Cornwall UK and Grass Valley Ca.

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Just out of the oven ready to be enjoyed!
Just out of the oven ready to be enjoyed!
A Cornish Pasty stand at the Beach
A Cornish Pasty stand at the Beach
Perfect Packed lunch! Cornish Pasty ready to enjoy
Perfect Packed lunch! Cornish Pasty ready to enjoy
This shows the delectable contents of a well made Cornish Pasty
This shows the delectable contents of a well made Cornish Pasty
A Beautiful Cornish Fishing Town
A Beautiful Cornish Fishing Town

The Cornish Pasty , the Practical Pie!

Cornwall is at the end of the road in the South West of England and its furthest point is Land's End, the peninsular that juts out into the English Channel with a sprinkling of little islands , the Isles of Scilly just beyond. It is a remote part with wild moor land and a craggy coast line with little coves beloved of smugglers in olden times.

The men of Cornwall used to be fishermen, farmers or miners. Since medieval times, tin then copper were mined in Cornwall. This continued up until modern times. These hard working men needed food to sustain them during their long working day underground. Hence the Cornish Pasty was born. This pasty is a whole meal wrapped up in pastry. Meat and vegetables were diced and encapsulated in short crust pastry and baked in an oven until the juicy gravy is seen to be seeping from the crust. Some enterprising wives were known to put a spoonful of jam at one end of the pasty so that the meal was completed with dessert. Such pasties would easily fit in a pocket and could be carried to the depths of the mines.They were often decorated with the owners initials so that no one would eat the wrong one. The contents are very dense so often the Cornish Pasty would still be warm at lunchtime.

Copper was soon foundin greater abundance in other parts of the world. Cornish miners were forced to seek work elsewhere. In the famous Comstock silver mine in Virginia City Nevada, the highest paid workers in the United states were Cornish miners. Wherever they went, the Cornish Pasty went with them. In Grass Valley on Highway 49, California, Cornish Pasties are still made.

Nowadays, the Duchy of Cornwall mainly depends on tourism for its income. Visitors love the Cornish pasty as it provides a very portable and satisfying picnic meal. Also it can easily be eaten without a knife and fork or even a plate! Shops and roadside snack bars abound selling pasties to the visiting holiday makers.A vegetarian version has become  popular these days as the Cornish Pasty is a very versatile dish, though I doubt if a Cornish Miner would appreciate it while eating his lunch a mile underground! I expect words would fly when he returned home!

Ingredients makes approx. 4 pasties.

NB as with all these traditional recipes the vegetables and meat depended upon what was available and according to Season

12 oz cubed lean meat (usually beef) ......Pork or a mixture of both is good!

4 oz Chopped onion ........ small carrot chopped into cubes.........3 oz Garden Peas

8 oz Potato chopped into cubes......3 oz.Turnip chopped into cubes.......(Rutabagas in USA.)

Short crust pastry......Greased Baking tray......Beaten Egg to glaze........Salt and Pepper to taste

Note: All the ingredients are made into the pasty raw. and cooked in the pastry case.


Method

Prepare your short crust pastry and roll out not too thinly as it has to contain the bulky filling. Take a dinner plate, place it face down on the pastry and carefully cut round it. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Scoop up a quantity and place carefully in the middle of the circle. Fold the pastry together over the filling and crimp the edges together, wetting the edges with milk or water to bind. If the pastry is straining too much, remove some of the filling as it will expand a little on cooking. Brush the pasties with beaten egg or milk to glaze. Poke a hole at the top of the pasty to let out the steam.

Place the pasties on a greased baking sheet and put in a hot oven 425 F for twenty minutes then reduce to 325 F and cook twenty minute longer or until the juice oozes out. Allow to cool then find a delightful spot on the beach and enjoy.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

Just a Reminder
Just a Reminder
Round every corner in Cornish Towns is a Cornish Pasty Kitchen the Original Food To Go!....................... All Photos courtesy Flickr.
Round every corner in Cornish Towns is a Cornish Pasty Kitchen the Original Food To Go!....................... All Photos courtesy Flickr.
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Singular Investor 7 years ago from Oxford

Cornish Pasties are great - thanks for the nice recipe. But tell me your secret of how you get a new hub to have a score of 67, all mine start off in the low 40s and slowly mature !


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I really can't tell you. It started off at 33 while I was writing it and when I finished it today I couldn't spot it at first because it had got lost amongst my other ones. It is one of the mysteries of hub pages scoring. Mine go up and down like yo yos. my personal score was 97 but now it's 92


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

Thank you so much for the backstory on these pasties. I had, of course, heard much of the story of their origins before, and have made something like them several times - they are still a good working-lunch option, especially when one is out in the open air without plates and silverware!

I have always found the Cornish Coast to be a fascinating place in stories and legend. I have read several stories about people there, and one common thread has been what seems to be an abnormally large incidence of the paranormal - ghostly sightings, and legendary creatures, and mysteries galore. So tell me - do you yourself know much about these legends, and if so, could you do a hub or three on them? I have done some searching, and haven't yet found much online about them. Perhaps they are mostly oral stories.

You mention the prevalence of smugglers, but what else is there about this corner of the world that would create such a persistent air of mystery?

Much thanks for any help you could give here.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

I always look forward to your new recipes. This one is a must have. Now for my true confessions, I have to find someone to make these things for me, I don't cook, I just love fine cuisine. My mouth is watering, so I am sure i will have no problems as I share this recipe in exchange for a dinner invitation. Thanks!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Joy, I will look into it. The people of Cornwall are Celts and are a pretty psychic lot. Very interesting part of the world. Stand by!

Hi Emohealer, thanks for stopping by. I think that would be a fair swop!


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Ande Moore 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

Awesome, thanks for the recipe. I love these.


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

With all these great foods you keep presenting I wonder if there is a weight problem in Wales? It certainly looks like one could easily over eat and thus gain lots of extra weight...

Regards


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

You are writing a book on food and culture, for sure. If you are not you should.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Thanks for this great series GW...I'm really enjoying it! We have something similar in India...the filling is largely vegetarian of course, and ranges from the savoury to the sweet, depending on the region it's made.


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kiran8 7 years ago from Mangalore, India

Those look yum! am yet to taste all those lovely recipes you write about, thanks a lot for sharing :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Andre, thanks for dropping by, glad you like them, they are so tasty!

Thanks for the comment, rb11, I eat well ad keep active and I'm sure a lot of peoplle who eat these dishes do too. I don't know the statitics but I bet the problem is not as bad as the good old USA!


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Every recipe you present seems more and more enticing. Could it be that I am becoming influenced by Wales culture because I read so many of these? Anyway, that sounds great, and I am definitely going to head up 49 to check it out, the plane ticket is just too darn expensive for me right now ;-)


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quicksand 7 years ago

Great pix. They make me hungry! :)


Papalaz 7 years ago

No turnips available here - is there a substitute available?


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Kushal you may be right! I m in the swing as we say!

Hello Feline Prophet, I'm glad you are enjoying these tasty old recipes.

Kiran8, time to get cooking! Thanks for stopping by!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Alexander, You could always try making one in Carmichael, even closer than Grass Valley! Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Bad Company, Home made is always best

Thanks for stopping by Quicksand, that was the desired effect!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hello Papalaz, thanks for pointing that out. Either leave out the turnip or substitute Rutabaga (swede or yellow turnip in Europe)


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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Yummity yum yum! I haven't had one of these in ages! To me, it's just the Brits' version of an Empanada! :) Great job, Gypsy.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Iroihner, Glad to ee you!


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

I love to read your food (alas, a poor substitute to actually eating them)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Sorry, Kushal, maybe these cold country foods would not be so suitable in your hot country. You'll have to visit the UK to enjoy them!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I love proper Cornish Pasties. There are some poor imitations sold in our city. I shall link this useful hub to my cornish reviews :)


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

I was West of the Tamar myself at Easter, and enjoyed a very tasty (veggie) version of the famous dish. You can't beat a home-made pasty!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Ethel, I remember some not so good ones in Cornwall too! Thanks for the link offer. I appreciate that and your visit.

Hi Amanda. perhaps I should add a footnote about vegetarian ones these days. I bet that the poor old Cornish wife would get an earful if she sent hubby off down the mines with that version! Thanks for the comment.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I love food and have always been facinated with self contained food. These look AbFab. I fell in love with the Jamaican version when I was 8 years old. Have loved the idea of a meal wrapped up ever since.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Good for you! Thanks for the comment, hope all is well


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AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

Yummy, I love the Cornish Pasty one of my favorite things. I always have them when I go back to the UK. I make them at home and my family says I'm pretty good but I'll have to try yours too. Thanks for the hub :)


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

This is a bad time to be reading this. It's 5:30 Pm and the pictures are ravashing! I'm drooling.

I keep running into hubs about Cornwall. It's surfing in Cornwall, pretty Cornish scenery, now yummy Cornish pasties. It seems like Cornwall is calling me.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Time to buy a ticket, Cornwall is wonderful!


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Gypsy Willow, thanks for sharing about this item. They look awesome tempts us to fly over and buy it right away :) Hope they sell this in the US :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hey there Cgull, I've just taught you to make your own! Thanks for dropping by!


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ALB21467 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

Your pasty looks good, sure they taste good too!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for stopping by, ALB21467. They are great tasting and practical too. Why not try making them?


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ALB21467 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

Hi Gypsy, 100% I will "DO" them, coz' I love cooking! Thanks for new info and addition to my kitchen eploration! More power!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hey, ALB21467 glad you are going to make them. Have you checked out my other traditional British recipes? How about another Cornish dish next? Stargazy Pie!! Gypsy.


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ALB21467 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

I will try all your recipes as long as I can find the ingredients. And I usually cook the special recipes when I am in the good mood for cooking!

Thanks, I really really enjoy browsing your hubs! CHEERS!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Good for you, ALB21467! I hope you enjoy them. BON APPETIT!!!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Short crust pastry is, presumably Puff pastry? The ready made one in the supermarket? If so, this is easy! I can do this and I shall surprise my wife with this tomorrow.

Any idea of the colories, Angel Face?


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

No Short crust pastry doesn't rise up in flakes like puff pastry but you can still buy it ready made in the chilled section of the supermarket. Sorry I don't count calories at all. I just try to eat in moderation. Thanks for commenting De Greek.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

OMG, I fell in love with Cornish Pasties when I was in Padstow, Cornwall. I have managed to duplicate the flavor of the filling, but I have yet to perfect the crust. I haven't given up though! It's probably the biggest thing my hubby misses from back home in England. (That, and bangers.)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Gypsy Willow, today I have made your Cornish Pasty and I took a photo of it to send you if you want :-)))

The Beef is very tough though. Sould I have cooked it before?


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siegharts 6 years ago from surabaya, indonesia

i see... i like...


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi KCC thanks for stopping by.I miss bangers and mash too! Practice makes perfect!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

ooh! I'd love a photo De Greek! Maybe a better cut of beef or bash it to tenderize. The authentic pasty always uses raw beef.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Siegharts thanks for the approval!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Angel Face, I have just tried your left over pasties for dinner and that beef is now almost inedible :-)))

You should obtain recipe insurance if you are going to hand them out indiscriminately like that! :-))

And I want to send you the proof in the form of a photo, but there is no attachment function on the Hub email … If you want to see the photo, please send me your email


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

All I can say is, "YUM". I truly miss my mother in law's pasties. She used to make the best! Thanks for including a recipe. Now, I can try my hand at this yummy meal. (Love the photos, too).


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Denise. Pasties make a trip to the beach complete! Hope your own pasties turn out YUM too. Thanks for the comment.


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Loren's Gem 6 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

Wonderful hub! Its the first time I heard this so-called Cornish Pasty and it seemingly looks delicious! Oh I wish I can grab one from your photo to try! Thanks for sharing. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

They are a tasty and practical meal. Sorry you can't try one. As you are a cook perhaps you could make one. Thanks for the comment.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Interesting I assumed prior to reading that the pastry was going to contain those little cornish hens as the meat ingredient. What a surprise whenever I read that it would most likely be beef or pork. Either way it looks good and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad to have set the record right! Thanks for stopping by.


Sara 5 years ago

Hello thanks for that recipe, I am very new to cooking and my other half has asked me to make cornish pastes for his lunch box (he says he'll microwave them at work). I'll give this a go but I've bought ready made cheat pastry! Will let you know!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Sara, good luck making the pasties. You might find it takes practice to get the inside cooked without burning the pastry. You will be carrying on an old tradition. Are you going to put jam in one end? Let me know how they turn out. Thanks for the visit.


Sara 5 years ago

Hi yes thought I'd come back and say thanks. I cheated too with the meat and used a good quality Baxters tinned steak and actually, although I'm only just learning cooking, my man is well pleased (he had for lunch yesterday and for a snack reheated today in a low oven). So I'm quite chuffed with myself! Other 4 are in the freezer, cooked. I made extra gravy in a small tupperware for the lunch box but he didn't use it, as he likes to dip in brown sauce. No, I didn't use jam. Will see if you have more recipes.


Sara 5 years ago

Hi yes thought I'd come back and say thanks. I cheated too with the meat and used a good quality Baxters tinned steak and actually, although I'm only just learning cooking, my man is well pleased (he had for lunch yesterday and for a snack reheated today in a low oven). So I'm quite chuffed with myself! Other 4 are in the freezer, cooked. I made extra gravy in a small tupperware for the lunch box but he didn't use it, as he likes to dip in brown sauce. No, I didn't use jam. Will see if you have more recipes.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Sara, so pleased the recipe was a success. Glad your man is pleased. At my wedding the priest said "Kissing don't last, cookery do" quite true I think! Thanks for letting me know. I have lots of recipes on hubpages do try some more. Best wishes.


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Joy At Home 5 years ago from United States

Gypsy,

I really appreciate your recipes posted here. I keep coming back to certain ones, and wishing I had the ingrdients to try others!

This one has been a smashing success in my household...even with my husband, who thinks he hates turnips (says he was forced to eat bushels of them as a child). My dad, who won't normally touch most vegetables, liked it, too. I went simple and just used regular biscuit dough with plenty of butter.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Ni Joy at Home glad you like my recipes, I know some of them are more popular than others and some at other times. My trifle recipe peaks at Holiday time. Thanks so much for the comment. Bon appetite!

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