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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cornish Pasty Recipe made with Ground Beef - Step by step picture tutorial

My husband has some British backgrounds in him, so he grew up with a British taste for food. He had been purchasing Cornish pastries from the deli counter at Loblaws for many years, but recently they have stopped carrying them. He of course was very disappointed. When we took our honeymoon to Disney World in December I suggested we stop by The Three Broomsticks in Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter and share some cornish pasties from there. He ordered the fish and chips and I ordered the pasties. We shared them both and they were delicious. Of course I knew eventually he would miss them once more so recently I asked if he'd like me to make him some. 
My husband and I both are not steak fans, so we decided to substitute the steak with ground beef. 

Recipe makes approx. 12 Cornish pasties

What you'll need:


  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Butter (Cold)
  • 1 tsp salt (if butter is not salted)
  • 1.5 cups of cold water
  • Egg (optional) for egg wash
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 cups of chopped potatoes (approximately 1 cm in size) 
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots (also approximately 1 cm in size)
  • 1/2 lbs of beef 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tbs Worcester sauce
  • 1 cube or packet of beef broth
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbs flour + some for dusting
  • 1tbs butter
  • pot/pan (to brown beef)
  • Pot (to cook veggies and mix everything)
  • Baking sheet 
  • Parchment Paper
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rolling pin

Step 1: Make the pastry

Put flower and salt in mixing bowl, cut up your cold butter into tiny pieces in the flour. (use a utensil not your hands)
Start pouring in the water slowly and mixing while you go along. (Mix with a utensil not your hands)
Should look like the above picture when ready. Quickly form dough into a ball. (Working it too much with your hands will melt the butter and cause your dough to become hard and not flaky.) 

Place dough tightly in plastic wrap and put in refrigerator for 30+ minutes. 

Step 2:
Chop up your carrots, potatoes and onions

Step 3: Start browning your beef

Step 4: Heat your pot and add your 1 tbs of butter, 2 tbs olive oil and your onions. Cook on medium for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Step 5: Add 2 tbs of flour and fry for 1 minute. 

Step 6: While flour is frying dissolve your packet of beef broth in 1/3 cup of water. Pour in. (If using bouillon cube just add both together in pot)

Step 7: Add 2 tbs Worcester sauce and pour in your vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes then add spices and cook for another 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally.

*If you find you need more water in your mixture use sparingly. (You don't want the mixture to be liquidy)

Step 8: Drain your ground beef and add to your mixture. Cook for another 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Step 9: Turn off burner and prepare surface for rolling dough. Also prepare baking pan by adding a thin layer of flour to the parchment paper so that it will be easy to remove once baked. 

Step 10: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take dough (can divide in sections if easier) roll till it is approximately 0.5 cm in thickness. 

Step 11: Take a small plate, or cereal bowl and cut around on dough
If you'd like to make smaller ones, cut around a cup. 

Step 12: Fill each circle with approximately 2-4 tbs of filling (depends on circle size) Fold circle in half like a taco and pinch edges. If desired you can use an egg wash for the edges. 

Step 13: Add all your Cornish pasties to your baking pan and prick side with a sharp knife. 

Step 14: Place in preheated oven and bake for 28-35 minutes. 
This is how it should look once baked

We had a lot of leftover filling (cause I only made half the dough) but I loved the filling on the side too. 

This is how I ate mine

This is how my husband ate his


  1. That looks really yummy!! I am going try to make this for my family...thanks for sharing :)

    Jessica @ The Doily Duck

  2. http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/what-is-a-genuine-cornish-pasty/
    Cornish pasties DO NOT have carrots in!

  3. It's Flour ...not Flower


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