I’ve been sick the last week or so and I’m finally over my cold so I decided to do something fun. I made Cornish Pasties! Why are they fun? Because I absolutely LOVE pasties.
My love of pasties started when I was little. I spent many summers visiting Traverse City, MI where there is a glorious little restaurant called Cousin Jenny’s. They make amazing Cornish Pasties there, and I still visit on occasion just for them.
So, yesterday, I decided to try and make them. I’ve made them one other time, but I cheated and used the pre-made pie crust from the grocery store instead of making the pastry from scratch.
I used a hybrid of Paul Hollywood’s recipe for the dough this time. I made it the way he suggested, but instead of using lard, I just used butter. I’ve never used lard and I couldn’t find it at my grocery store, but butter, I have a ton of.
The pastry was easy to make, but I did let it rest for a little bit longer than I should have (I was doing some cleaning and didn’t realize that I’d left it in the fridge for so long). When I took the pastry out, it was as hard as a rock (thank you butter…) and I needed it to warm up a bit before I worked with it. So, during that time, I cut up the parsnip, potato, carrot (not in the original recipe but delicious), and onion. I wanted rutabaga as well, but unfortunately when I cut into it, it was not good. I cooked the beef before putting it into the pastry as I wanted to make sure it cooked all of the way through.
I mixed in the spices to bring out the “Cousin Jenny’s” flavor (without actually knowing the recipe, but I winged it anyway). The only issue was that I wasn’t sure how thin to roll the pastry, and the filling ended up popping out. But they tasted amazing and I’m so proud of myself and how well I did. I wasn’t sure if I could accomplish it, but I was very happy with the result. I’ll definitely try it again 🙂
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!