Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties - moist and tender traditional hand pies filled with steak, onion, potato and swede (rutabaga)
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Keyword Cornish, homemade, perfect picnic food
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 pasties
Author Nicky Corbishley



  • 450 g plain flour plus a couple of tbsp extra for rolling out the pastry and sprinkling on the tray later
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 125 g unsalted butter chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 125 ml cold water


  • 450 g potato peeled and finely diced
  • 150 g swede/rutagaba peeled and finely diced
  • 150 g onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 300 g thin sliced skirt steak or sirloin finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 egg beaten


  • First make your pastry. Place your flour, baking powder and salt into a food processor and give a quick mix. Add in your butter and whizz until the mixture turns into breadbrumbs. Add in the egg yolks and mix, then, with the motor on, add in the water a bit at a time until the dough comes together into a ball. You may not need all the water. Take the pastry out of the food processor, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 180c. Take two large baking trays and sprinkle them with some flour. Take your pastry out of the fridge and roll out on a floured surface until you get a thickness you can cut, that won't tear easily. I find that's about 4-5mm. Cut circles into the dough using a plate that about 20-21cm diameter as a template. I find that I get 3 circles out of the first lot. Then I re-roll and get 2 circles, and then I re-roll and get one final circle. You can place the circles stacked onto a plate so long as you have a sprinkling of flour between each layer.
  • In a large bowl, mix your potato, swede/rutagaba, onion, steak, salt and pepper. Take one of your pastry circles, place it onto your work surface. Place a really good handful of the meat mix onto half of the circle, leaving a 2cm border around the edge. It'll look like a lot of mixture, but it needs to be packed full. Dot a little butter (from the 40g butter) on top of the meat and veg pile. Take your beaten egg, and using a pastry brush, paint a little of the egg around the edge of the circle. This will help the pastry stick together. Now, fold the other side of the pastry over the meat until the edges meet and you have a semi circle. Seal firmly and crimp with your fingers (I found a good method of crimping about 2 mins into this video by the Cornish pasty association). Place your pasty onto your baking tray and make a little hole in the top using a sharp knife to let out the steam. Repeat with the remaining pasties. Brush the remaining egg wash over the top of the pasties and place in the oven for 50 minutes until golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before eating.


If you want to freeze any of these pasties, open freeze them before the cooking stage. Once frozen, place in an air tight container in the freezer. Defrost thoroughly and cook as above for 50 minutes when you're ready to eat them.
Nutritional Information is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 1026mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 7.4mg
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