I don't often make my own pasties, but sometimes it is quite fun to bake them at home, wrap them up and take them on a little outing to enjoy somewhere in the countryside. I have to say that using Cornish Sea Salt's sea salt and pepper mix is an absolute game changer for homemade pasties - it is just the perfect seasoning. Spot on!
Here's how I make mine:
For the pastry:
- 500g plain flour
- 125g butter
- 125g lard
- Approx 150ml-175ml cold water
- Put the flour, butter and lard in a mixer, and whizz up until it has a bread crumb like consistency. Try not to over-mix it otherwise you lose that lovely flakiness.
- Then, with the mixer running, add the water a little at a time until it pulls together in ball of dough.
- Wrap the ball of dough in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for half an hour or so.
For the filling:
350-400g Beef Skirt, cut into 1-2cm cube
150g Onion, diced
300g Potato, peeled & cut into 1cm dice
150g Swede (yellow fleshed) cut into 1cm dice
Cornish Sea Salt's "Sea Salt and Luxury Pepper Mix"
I tend to mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and season them together before filling the pasties, but you can just add them all separately if you prefer and then season each pasty separately.
To make the pasties:
- Preheat the oven to 180c
- Roll the pastry out to just under half a cm thick.
- Use a side plate as a guide to cut into 4 circles measuring about 20cm diameter.
- Fill your pasties with the filling. I tend to put the filling on one half of the pastry so that it is then easier to bring the other half over the top to make the pasty. Make sure you leave a bit of space at the edge for crimping!
- Bring the pastry together and crimp it together to form the crust. I'm not even going to try and explain how to do this - I suspect YouTube will do a much better job!!
- Brush the whole pasty with the beaten egg, use a sharp knife to prick a hole in the top side.
- Put on an oven sheet and bake for about 50 minutes - when it is golden brown the pasty is ready!
- Wrap it up in newspaper or something and take it to the beach to eat!