|my cooking usually looks 'rustic' but these are delicious
Heather suggested grating the vegies and adding a teaspoon or two of cornflour to soak up the vegetable juices and stop the pastry getting too moist.
I make my own all-butter pastry in the food processor so I grated the vegies in that as well while it was out. You could use hand-made pastry or sheets of store bought shortcrust pastry. We'd had a couple of Cornish pasties from a local butcher's shop and if there was a teaspoon of meat in each one I will eat my hat! $4 each too!
Pastry- Makes 8 large pasties
400gms wholemeal flour
200gms butter chopped into smallish pieces
very cold water
Pulse the flour and butter until you have a breadcrumb like mix, slowly pour in a little cold water at a time until it all comes together in a large ball. Cover tightly with a damp tea towel or two or place in a plastic bag in the 'fridge until you are ready to use it, all day is fine...take it out a short while before you sue it for the butter to soften again.
300gm minced beef
3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 brown onion, grated or finely chopped
2 T peas or corn
1 teaspoon of beef stock powder or simply use lots of salt and pepper, they must be well seasoned
1 beaten egg
Take the pastry and cut it into 8 equal portions, roll into a ball and then use a rolling pin to roll it out into a circle the size of a small plate.
Place around 1/8th of the filling mix on one side and fold the other half over, seal with a little water.
Place on a baking tray and brush with the beaten egg for a lovely golden...Joe got this job as I was running late after Dad had lost his car at the shopping centre and I had to go and help him look for it and then revive him with a cuppa here at home!
Joe was heard to mutter in French "I am an artiste" as he painted the pasties!
Bake at 180C for around 45-50 mins
I had too much filling for the last pasty so I made a rustic looking 'pie' and poked some cheese in too for Joe(he is French after all)
So Dad has 2 of them, 2 are in the freezer(they freeze very well), we had one each on Thursday and can have another for
Have a great weekend every-one