For the Pastry:
4 oz all purpose/plain flour
Pinch of salt
2oz butter, cubed
2-3 tbsp cold water
For the Filling
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup potato, cut into 1/4 inch dice
½ cup cut swede into 1/4 inch **SEE NOTE
4oz rump steak, cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F
Make the pastry:
Place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl.
Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry,
Wrap the dough in Saran wrap/Clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.
The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the water, slowly, through the funnel until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap/ Clingfilm and chill as above.
Divide the pastry into 4 and roll each piece into rounds the size of a tea plate (approx 6 – 7 inches).
Place the onion, potato, swede and meat into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Season well with salt and pepper.
Divide the meat mixture between each pastry circle and place to one side of the circle. Brush the edges with a little beaten egg.
Fold the circle in half over the filling so the two edges meet. Crimp the two edges together to create a tight seal. Brush each pasty all over with the remaining beaten egg.
Place the pasties on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
Serve hot or cold.
Makes 2 Cornish Pasties
NOTE: Rutabaga can be used for the swede in this recipe