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Cornish Pie – As easy as Pie!

Posted on April 5, 2011 by in beef

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I love making pie, I somehow feel that I am connecting with my mom and my gran who made pies on a weekly basis. It is like a labor of love for your husband and children and let’s face it spending a whole morning in the kitchen making pastry while the meat is slowly cooking on the stove,
does have a homey ring to it, doesn’t it? sadly though, I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have mornings that I can devote to pie making anymore so what now?…
Come to think of it, I have a suspicion that my mom also did not have those pie making mornings and that those mornings died with Julia Child, because my mom gave me a recipe for pastry that tastes like buttery puff pastry, it flakes like buttery puff pastry, but it defies every rule there is about puff pastry. No cold fingers, cold butter, cold table top, no nothing! This pastry is fast, cheap and really is child’s play pastry!

The Filling
As for the Cornish Pie filling, the original Cornish filling was beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as a yellow turnip) and onion.The original Cornish Pie was also made by putting the raw filling inside a pastry case and then baking it.Where exactly this pie comes from  is not clear, but the earliest recorded recipe is from Devon in 1510, though there is a possibility that people from Cornwall were making pasties for thousands of years prior, hence the name Cornish Pie!Due to the migration and the spread of Cornish miners, these pies are now being made worldwide and even in my kitchen!
I have one other confession to make though and that is that I cook my filling first!
This is just the recipe for the filling, the pastry you have to make in advance and in case you missed the child’s play pastry link, here it is again!

Cornish Pie

Makes 8

1 kg ground beef or lean beef mince
1 large onion chopped
olive oil
3 carrots diced finely
3 potatoes, diced finely
about 125ml chopped parsley
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves

1 tbsp tomato paste

Heat the oil in a pot and add the onions, saute until cooked. Add the beef and brown slightly. Now add all the other ingredients, lower the heat and place the lid on the pot. Allow to slowly cook, but keep a watchful eye on it. If it becomes to dry, just add a little water. You want a fairly dry crumbly texture for your filling. Cool the filling and when you are ready to make your pies, remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface. I use a small plate to cut circles, because it makes a nice size pie! Place the filling in the middle of the circle, brush the edge of the pastry with water and bring the two sides of the pastry up. Crimp the sides together with your fingers and place on a baking sheet. Brush with an egg wash and place bake in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 200C. Bake th epies until the pastry is brown, flaky and delicious. In my house we eat it with copious amounts of tomato sauce, yum!!

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36 Responses to “Cornish Pie – As easy as Pie!”

  1. thecompletecookbook 5 April 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Lovely – I haven't had a Cornish Pasty for years.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Helen Beard 1 May 2017 at 7:30 am #

      This is a recipe for Cornish Pasty,
      1x medium Potatoe
      Skirt Steak
      Swede sliced with potatoe peeler
      Small white Onion
      Sait&White Pepper
      Knob of butter
      Short crust pastry size of a dinner plate
      Fold pastry in half
      Chip potatoe onion swede in layers
      Salt& pepper cut meat small across the top
      Knob of butter salt& pepper again
      Flip pastry dampen and crimp hole in the top
      In a hot oven on a greased sheaf
      Temp medium for 30 mins lower for next 30 mins
      Enjoy a true Cornish pasty.

      • Michael 9 August 2018 at 7:42 pm #

        Your right Helen
        I have seen a lot of people on hear saying cornish paste and put carrots and ketchup and and a few mor thing in them how can the call them cornish with the wrong things in them .

    • Robyn Knight 16 July 2018 at 9:51 am #

      On the menu for tomorrow night dinner,has been years…thank you

  2. Marisa 5 April 2011 at 8:37 am #

    My hubby would kill for this! I've actually never had a cornish pie, because I refuse to eat those mushy/jelly "meat" filled ones you find commercially. I think I'll just have to try my hand at making my own!

    • Leone 15 December 2020 at 7:04 am #

      Sure you’re not thinking of pork pies? They have a glutinous filling poured into pie then set, Eaten cold.
      Cornish pasties were mainly made with vegetables. Meat came later.

  3. Andy 5 April 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Every time I'm on this site I want to try the recipes I read, which (for me anyway) is the ultimate compliment for anybody that cooks. You're in another league to most of us.

  4. Sam 5 April 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Nina that pastry looks divine! I wish I could eat pies more often, but sadly they are just too high up on the fattening list. I'm looking out for a brilliant flaky pastry recipe?

  5. Kristy 5 April 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks Nina, now I know what I should make for dinner. My boyfriend is going to be so pleased he just loves pies.

  6. Mary 5 April 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    We call these handpies. My grandsons love them. So do we, but the children are the only ones who can afford the calories. Yours sound absolutely wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Helene 5 April 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I have never had a Cornish Pie before. I would love it.

  8. That Girl 5 April 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I can't help it. I see meat pies and I think of Mrs. Lovett.

  9. Malli 5 April 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Such a tempting treat— love the crust and filling ..Incredible!!

  10. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 5 April 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    They look cozy and delicious!

  11. Sarah, Maison Cupcake 6 April 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I am crazy about Cornish pasties! I think I heard they're meant to be getting AOC status that you can only call them Cornish if they're made in Cornwall?

    They're my guilty pleasure from motorway service stations!!

  12. Daniel 7 April 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Since they brought out the law about not being able to call them Cornish Pasties unless they were made in Cornwall, are they being called Cornish Pies

  13. bellini valli 7 April 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I remember the first time I ever had a Cornish Pastry on the shores in Dover, England.

  14. PEGGY 3 July 2016 at 6:34 am #

    They sound delicious. I can’t wait to make them.

  15. Pamela 24 July 2016 at 4:43 am #

    I’m disappointed no-one has actually tried the Cornish pasty recipe. I’m going to try it this afternoon. Sounds great – and easy.

    • nerinatimm 25 July 2016 at 7:21 am #

      I think many people tried it, not many takes the time to comment!

  16. Alan worne 1 June 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    Eaten Cornish pasties all my life taking the to work eating them cold or warmed . And these are as good as they come . Well done . Cheers.

    • nerinatimm 6 July 2018 at 7:29 am #

      Aaaaah, that is the best compliment!Thank you!

  17. Marion Bell 10 July 2018 at 8:47 am #

    Hello, these pasties look lovely, and you have given the recipe for the insides but not the pastry please could you send it.
    Regards Marion Bell.

  18. Michael 9 August 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Your right Helen
    I have seen a lot of people on hear saying cornish paste and put carrots and ketchup and and a few mor thing in them how can the call them cornish with the wrong things in them .

  19. Dorothy judge 8 June 2019 at 3:12 pm #

    Trying this recipe as I’m replying. Made your pastry recipe last evening. A video would have helped to show consistency of pastry. Found it very liquidity. It’s very had right now and not sure of how to proceed, dont want to be in a mess.

    • nerinatimm 30 June 2019 at 7:16 pm #

      The pastry is very runny, that is why it must go into the fridge. It is best to take it out of the fridge 30 min before you need it strat rolling. I will adjust the method to clarify the matter.

  20. Riana Conradie 20 July 2020 at 5:24 pm #

    She is from South Africa and they are called pies there. I know, cause I grew up there.

    • nerinatimm 4 October 2020 at 10:17 pm #

      Thank you for stepping in for me.

  21. Von 4 September 2020 at 7:21 pm #

    I also made Cornish pasties 65 years ago at school here in Australia, so no matter what you want to call them, I thank you for this recipe. not only are we going through a pandemic ( now that’s something to worry about) I am looking forward to making them, it’s not like you can do can do a whole lot when you are in stage 4 lockdown. I’m rapt to have such an easy to get something yummy 🇦🇺 as we say over here don’t sweat the small stuff. And everyone keep safe.

    • nerinatimm 4 October 2020 at 10:13 pm #

      That is so good to read your feedback. Hope you enjoyed the pastries.

  22. Ana 14 November 2020 at 3:54 pm #

    I don’t see a recipe for the pastry which looks delicious. I’m doing all of this on my phone and the page isn’t transferring to mobile very well. Did you use a commercially prepared pastry or did you make it from scratch? I want to try recipe as I know it would be appreciated at out house. I’m sure there would be no leftovers.

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