How To Make Cornish Pasty

How To Make Cornish Pasty

How To Make Cornish Pasty:

Cornish Pasty Fun Fact

Cornish Pasty is traditionally a pie that the men working in the coal mines used to have for their lunch. The idea was that they could hold the thick crust of the cornish pasty with their dirty hands so they can eat the main part of the pie and discard the dirty thick crust.

It is made with homemade shortcrust pastry. Although of course you can use readymade shop bought pastry but homemade has a better texture and taste and it is easier than what you may think. So do be brave and give it a try.

Cornish Pasty

You are best to get a good bit of steak beef, perhaps like a sirloin steak.

Cornish pasty has four simple ingredients that just go so well together.

No need to cook the meat or vegetables before you put it in your pastry and of course there is no need for a sauce.

These four ingredients form together nicely and the flavours infuse perfectly.

Giving you a fabulous pastry dinner which everyone will love.

The cornish pasty is wonderful on its own. Or you can serve some chips with your cornish pasty or have a side salad to accompany it.

Once you have made put your Cornish pasty together and before you cook it in the oven, this is the perfect time to freeze them. Cornish pasty is ideal for home freezing.

Enjoy looking through the LifeStyle With Sharon Website for other great cooking ideas.

Why not try some other pastry dinners like:

Individual Mini Chicken Pies,

Spinach Quiche,

Vegetable Pie,

Chicken Potato & Leek Pie

OR Cheese & Onion Quiche.


4 – 5 people


Great For:
lunch OR dinner


Cooking Time:
1 hour 15 mins


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Ingredients – Pastry

  • 450g plain flour
  • 225g cold butter
  • 90 – 100ml water

Ingredients – Filling

  • 450g potato
  • 150g swede
  • 150g diced onions (or 1 large onion)
  • 300g steak/beef
  • Salt & pepper
  • Egg for glazing

Shortcrust Pastry – Method & Instructions

Into a food processor the flour.

Cut cold butter into cubes and add to the food processor.

Blast the butter and flour in the food processor for 2 minutes until the mixture is crumbly.

As the food processor is on add water slowly until the pastry starts to come together.

Remove mixture from the food processor and bind it together with your hands to for a large ball.

Wrap the pastry ball in cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour to an hour.

If you leave it longer and it gets very hard just leave it in room temperature for a while when you remove it from the fridge until it is easy enough to work with.

You can make the shortcrust pastry by hand if you don’t have a food processor or stand mixer.

If making by hand you need to rub the butter and flour together using you fingertips.

Make sure your hands are cool.

Once the flour and butter are rubbed together sufficiently they will represent a breadcrumb mixture.

Now you add some water.

Start to mix with a knife but once you add more water and it starts coming together mix with hands and then bind it to form a large ball.

Ingredients for making cornish pasty - lifestyle with sharon

Cornish Pasty Filling Preperation

Method & Instructions

This is your ingredients all ready to make your cornish pasty.

Now follow the simple instruction below.

Have fun and enjoy making them.

Don’t worry if you can’t do the crimping, just have a laugh trying.

It does get easier the more you practice.

Cornish Pasty Filling Preperation

Method & Instructions

The steak needs to be cut into very small pieces or you can ask your local butcher to mince the steak for you

Cut the swede into very small little squares

Peel and chop the potatoes into small diced squares

Dice the onion up finely

Into a large mixing bowl add your meat, swede, onion and potatoes and mix very well – using your hands is the best way to give it a thorough mix

Putting Cornish Pasty Together

Method & Instructions

Pre heat oven to Gas 4 / 180°C / 350°F

Divide pastry into 4 or 5 pieces

Each pastry piece should weigh roughly 230g depending on how big you want each pasty to be

Roll out each pastry piece until it is big enough to put a side plate over it

Cut around the plate with a sharp knife to get a pastry circle

If you want a different size use any round item in your kitchen e.g cake tin or mixing bowl

On one half of your pasty place 2 ice-cream scoops of the filling mixture

All around the edge of the pastry circle put either some milk or egg or water with a pastry brush or your finger. This is to seal the pastry

Fold over the pastry so that the mixture is completely covered

Push down the edges with your fingers to gently seal the pastry edges

In the top of the Cornish pasty stab 2 or 3 holes to let the steam out

You can make a final seal on the pastry edges by pushing down the edges with a fork. This will give it a good seal and give it a nice decorative finish.

Or you can give the Cornish pasty a traditional look by crimping the edges. The crimping of a Cornish pasty involves pulling a part of the edge towards the filling and then lifting and pulling the next piece of pasty edge towards the filled part or pasty centre. Keep this technique all the way around. Perhaps you may need to look at the video to see a visual of how this technique is done

Mix an egg in a bowl and then rub the egg with your fingers or a pastry brush on the outside of your Cornish pasty. This will give your Cornish pasty pastry a beautiful colour and shine

Bake your Cornish pasty in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes

Enjoy making and eating this delicious homemade Cornish pasty

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How to Make a Mini Chicken Pie

How to Make a Mini Chicken Pie

Mini Chicken Pie:

Mini chicken pie with vegetables and homemade shortcrust pastry is so yummy!!!!

I am so glad to be sharing this recipe for mini chicken pie with vegetables and homemade shortcrust pastry with you.

There are two reasons why it is good to make an individual mini chicken pie.

Firstly for presentation, having an individual mini chicken pie with vegetables looks delectable on a persons plate.

Secondly this mini chicken pie is fantastic to make and then put in your freezer ready for future use.

Suitable for the freezer 

When you live alone it is the perfect way to make sure you eat a good meal. It is portioned correctly and easy to take out the freezer and heat in the oven when ever you want it. There would be no waste of food, which can happen when living on your own.

If you have a busy household and not everyone can eat at the same time, then a mini chicken pie with vegetables is perfect to suit that environment.

I have showed you how to make your own shortcrust pastry. But of course you can cheat a little and buy the readymade pastry if you wanted to.

Personally though I love the flavour more of the homemade pastry I make myself. The texture and flavour is so nice. It goes perfect with this homemade mini chicken pie. So go on be brave and try making the pastry yourself.

And once you know how to make the shortcrust pastry, it is very easy to do. It doesn’t take long either.

Below I have given you the recipe for the shortcrust pastry. I have given you the ingredients and the method for the filling base. Then I give you four options to chose from – different types of sauces.

I hope you try all of the four variations of mini chicken pie with vegetable and the homemade shortcrust pastry. (Hopefully Homemade !!!!!!)

They are all wonderfully flavoursome. I genuinely can’t decide what my favourite is. I make all four and freeze them. And randomly just take one out for dinner.

Other Pastry Recipes

Another delicious pie recipe is vegetable pie. If you fancy a dinner without meat occassionally then this pie is full of flavour and worth making and trying.

Or why not try a chicken, leek and potato pie.

If you love the shortcrust pastry then I would recommend the traditional cornish pasty recipe on my blog.

One of my favourites and it is very popular is the vegetable spring rolls made with filo pastry.

Talking of filo pastry, another great recipe is cheese and chicken pizza made with filo pastry. Wow amazing homemade pizza.

For other great recipes browse the website and check out other blogs.

Enjoy the website and have fun cooking/

4 adults


Great For:


Cooking Time:
50 – 60 mins


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For Shortcrust Pastry

  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g butter
  • 60ml Water Approx


For Mini Chicken Pie Filling

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 120g carrot
  • 80g broccoli
  • 50g leek
  • 130g potatoes
  • 40g spinach
  • olive oil for frying
  • salt & pepper

Shortcrust Pastry – Method & Instructions

Put flour into food processor

Cut butter into small pieces and add into flour

Blast flour and butter in the food processor for a few minutes

If you don’t have a food processor then you rub butter in the flour with your finger tips until you get a crumbly mixture. Make sure your hands and butter are cold

Check your mixture. If it is nice and crumbly and butter is evenly mixed with flour then turn the food processor back on and slowly add water

If making by hand just add water, mix with a knife then bring together with hands to form a large ball

Mixture will start to come together

Take out and combine the pastry by squeezing it in your hands to form a large ball

Wrap pastry in cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour. You can leave in longer, even over night. But if you do, pastry will be hard when you first take it out the fridge. You will need to leave it out in room temperature for about an hour until it softens before you try and roll it out

Mini Chicken Pie Base Filling – Method & Instructions

Cut up chicken breast into very small pieces

Dice up carrot very small

Cut broccoli into small pieces

Dice leek very small

Cut potatoes into small pieces

Cut spinach up nice and small

Put olive oil in a hot wok OR deep frying pan OR pot as an alternative to a wok

In a wok place your chicken, potato, carrot, leeks and broccoli and fry on a medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes

Season with salt & pepper

At the end of cooking the chicken and vegetable add the spinach

Devide mixture into 4 – one part for each individual mini chicken pie

Add one of the following options

Mini Chicken Pie

Method & Instructions for Option 1

White Sauce 

  • Melt 20g butter
  • Add 20g flour – any type
  • Continually mix for 1 minute – mixture will be very thick


  • Slowly add small bits of milk and keep stirring – 200 – 220g milk
  • It will remain thick at first but will get thinner as you add more milk
  • Add ½ tsp paprika

Mini Chicken Pie

Method & Instructions for Option 2

Chicken Stock

  • Into a pot add 2 stock cubes
  • Add 360ml hot water and let it dissolve and cook on a low heat for a few minutes
  • In a cup add 4 tsp flour – any type
  • Add 8 tsp water and mix flour and water


  • Add flour mixture into the pot of stock cube and water mixture
  • Cook for about 5 minutes. Flour may clump together but then it will dissolve
  • Then place that sauce into the chicken & vegetable mixture

Mini Chicken Pie

Method & Instructions for Option 3

Curry Sauce

  • To add a curry sauce to just 4 pies you can use a curry powder from a tin and add water
  • Put 8 heaped tsp of curry powder in a cup
  • Add 320ml hot water and stir


  • Empty the sauce into a saucepan and cook on a low heat for a few minutes until it thickens
  • Add the curry sauce to the chicken & vegetable mixture

Mini Chicken Pie

Method & Instructions for Option 4


  • Add 200g of cheddar cheese to the cooked chicken & vegetable mixture and mix

Putting the Mini Chicken Pie together – Method & Instructions

Pre-heat the oven on Gas 5 / 190°C / 375°F

Cut pastry into four pieces

Sprinkle some flour onto your worktop area

Sprinkle flour onto your rolling pin

Roll each piece of pastry out to about 1/4 inch thick

Cut circle for the base of your pie (it doesn’t matter if it is a bit big, it can be cut later)

Cut the lid for your pie

Place the pastry base into your tins (see the video for example)

Make sure your chicken & vegetable mixture is cooled

Then put each portion of chicken & vegetable filling mixture on the pastry base – making sure not to put it on the sides

Then dip your finger in some egg or milk and with your finger touch all the edges making sure it is wet with the milk or egg

Do the same around the edges of the lids

Place the lids on top (milked side down)

Press down the edges with your fingers to get a seal all round the mini chicken pie

To tidy it up you can cut around the edges to make a better shape

With a knife put a few holes in the top of your mini chicken pie for the air to escape

Pressdown the side with a fork making a nice decorative finish for your individual mini chicken pie. This will also ensure it is sealed properly

Place in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes

Enjoy your delicious mini chicken pie with vegetables and shortcrust pastry

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