Cornish pasties

Miranda's Cornish Pasty_60306

Cornish pasties are a fantastic winter warmer, great for packed lunches and quick dinners. Miranda Gore Browne's recipe for Cornish pasties takes 25 minutes to prepare.

Makes: 4-6 pasties
Preparation time: 25 minutes


For the pastry:

  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 250g butter
  • ½ a teaspoon of sea salt
  • 130ml water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg, to brush before baking

For the filling:

  • 500g British braising steak / beef skirt
  • 450g waxy potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 300g swede, peeled and chopped
  • 250g white onion, chopped
  • Butter – 1 tbsp for each pasty
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Put the flour and salt into the food processor or a mixing bowl, mix together until it looks like breadcrumbs and slowly add the water until it comes together as a dough. Knead by hand or with a dough hook for about five minutes or until the dough becomes stretchy and elastic.
  • Wrap tightly in cling film and rest in the fridge for a couple of hours. 
  • Meanwhile, chop all the vegetables to roughly the same size pieces and put them into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Use a sharp knife to chop the meat into chunks (about 2cm). Mix the meat in with the vegetables and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Roll out the pastry and use a side plate (20cm) as a template to cut out circles.
  • Pile the filling ingredients onto one half of the circle of pastry, add more freshly-ground pepper and a knob of butter then fold the unfilled half over the top to make a semi-circle. 
  • Lightly brush the outside edge with water then firmly crimp to seal. 
  • Place onto a low sided metal baking tray lined with a piece of non-stick baking paper. 
  • Brush all over with beaten egg before baking in a hot oven at 180 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

Miranda Gore Browne is a food writer, home-baking expert, director of The Kitchen School and passionate foodie. She was also a finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Miranda has written two books, Biscuit and Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can both published by EburyPress.

Last edited: 21 January 2019 at 17:02

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