Cornish Beef Pasties



Cornish Beef Pasties – A Taste of Tradition


Step into the world of classic British cuisine with a recipe that has stood the test of time—Cornish Beef Pasties. Hailing from the picturesque region of Cornwall, these savory hand pies encapsulate the essence of comfort food with every golden, flaky bite. Originating as a hearty meal for Cornish miners, the pasty has evolved into a beloved dish cherished for its simplicity and robust flavors.


As we embark on this culinary journey, imagine the aroma of perfectly baked pastry wafting through the air, promising a delectable filling of tender beef, potatoes, onions, and swede. The Cornish Pasty Association even ensures that an authentic Cornish pasty must contain these key ingredients, sealed within a D-shaped pastry and crimped along the edge.


Get ready to roll up your sleeves and transport your kitchen to the heart of Cornwall as we delve into the art of crafting Cornish Beef Pasties.





3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled

1/2 cup cold water

2 egg yolks, divided


1 lb ground beef (can also use 1 lb leftover roast, chopped)

1 lb waxy potatoes, such as red or Yukon gold, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 small onion, diced

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste




  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  2. Cut butter into small pieces and using two forks, a pastry blender, or your fingers, work it into the flour until it becomes a crumbly mixture.
  3. Mix together water and one of the egg yolks, then add to the flour mixture. Mix until all flour is incorporated, then turn out onto a clean surface and knead until the mixture comes together completely.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill dough at least 30 minutes.
  5. When ready to bake preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the filling:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, season the ground beef with salt and pepper and brown until no longer pink. Remove meat to a bowl and set aside.
  2. To the same skillet, add potatoes, onion, and celery and cook until mostly soft, 6-8 minutes. If there isn’t enough fat leftover from the beef, add olive oil or butter to the skillet before adding vegetables.
  3. Add garlic, rosemary, and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add vegetable mixture to bowl with beef and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
  5. Once filling has cooled to room temperature, you can assemble the pasties.
  6. Flour a clean surface and divide dough into 6 portions. Roll each ball out into a 3/8-inch thick circle, trimming edges to neaten, if needed.
  7. Wet the edges of your dough with some water, then spoon cooled beef mixture over a little less than half of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  8. Fold dough over the filling and seal edges by crimping or using a fork to press the dough layers together.
  9. Transfer pasty to prepared baking sheet and cut three small slits in the top as a vent. Repeat with remaining pasties.
  10. Whisk together remaining egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water and brush over the top of each pasty. Bake until golden brown, 30-40 minutes.


Note: If you plan to freeze some of the pasties, skip the egg wash and bake for only 20 minutes. Later, brush frozen pasty with egg wash, then bake at 400°F for 20 more minutes.


Pro Tips For Success :


  • For an extra layer of flavor, brush the pasties with beaten egg before baking.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices in the filling to tailor the taste to your liking.
  • Allow the pasties to cool slightly before serving to enhance the flavors.


Nutrition Facts:


(Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used.)


Calories: 350 per pasty

Protein: 15g

Fat: 20g

Carbohydrates: 30g

Fiber: 2g




Indulge in the timeless charm of Cornish cuisine by savoring these Cornish Beef Pasties. With a crisp, flaky exterior giving way to a succulent, flavorful filling, each bite is a journey to the heart of Cornwall. Share these pasties with friends and family, and let the warmth of tradition fill your kitchen. Cornish Beef Pasties – a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss!






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