Pasty, Pastry or Pie

Cornish Pasties hold a special place in our hearts from holidays past to the present day.
There has been some argument as to what is a Genuine Cornish Pasty to such an extent that the name has been protected. (LINK)
trad cornish pastyJust because it’s called a pasty, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a Cornish one.  It all comes down to shape and ingredient content as my link shows.
I am not going to get into commercial politics, but if anyone ever wants someone to sample theirs, we’re available so pass them over and we promise to give our unbiased opinion.

When camping in Cornwall, we discovered several bakeries selling these pastries and would often have one for breakfast fresh from the oven. Add to that a meringue (with fresh fruit and fresh cream) to follow, and we were set up for the day.
Whenever we were on holiday, breakfast was never traditional fare (unless we were in B&B), if it was a cold morning we’d have something hot, if it was hot, we’d have ice cream.

There is a bakers here that sell pasties. They are not advertised as Cornish as the fillings vary, but they are freshly made on the premises, and provide us with a filling meal at a reasonable cost.
pastySix days of the week, there are sample trays on the counter of the ‘pasty of the week’, a new recipe bread or cake. It’s worth going in for a nibble as well as our coffee!
The pasties are marked at £2.95 each, and coffees are £1.95.
However, their take away specials (every day) are any pasty for £1.50 and any coffee for a pound. Very conveniently, there are two benches immediately outside and this is where we people watch from if we are ‘dining out’.

Today, our usual pasty of choice was still in the oven, so we selected alternatives to go with our coffees.
By the time the lattes were ready though, so were the giant steak pasties, so I asked if it would be OK to have two of those rather than the cheese and onion and chicken supreme we’d originally chosen.
We drank our coffee outside, but the pasties were so hot, we brought them home where I cooked some new potatoes and a tin of beans to go with them.

I’ve made pasties with the traditional recipe and shortcrust pastry. They were OK but not a patch on the ones we could buy.
However, in years gone by, my odds and sods pie from Sunday or Christmas dinner leftovers always went down well with the family. Add extra veg, pickled onions and crusty bread alongside and everyone had a full tummy for practically nothing as the ingredients had already been paid for!
steak pie

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Pasty, Pastry or Pie

  1. Your meal sounds a little like the meat pies my Mom used to make. She would use 2 different meats (beef and pork) and vegetables in a pie with a top crust. I miss them.

    • My Mum doesn’t do that much cooking now apparently, but the recipes she used have been handed down. We may follow them to the letter, but there’s always that little something missing……. mother’s love in the baking. 🙂

  2. The screen is purely lickable, P. I can nearly smell and taste those delicious sounding bites as you’re describing them. And as it’s now coming on to cooler autumnal days, I’m totally ready for all the game pies and stuffed pasties I can get my hands on.
    Today, I’ve got a big venison stew in the crockpot. One less buck on the property.
    Now, although I’ve been in Cornwall before, I think I’m going to have to schedule a trip back there in order to make it one strictly full of research. Line up the pasties. Here I come!

    • The pasties in the bakery here are steak, three bean, chicken supreme, chicken korma, pork and apple, plus traditional sausage rolls and this month’s special a Brunchy Twist (bacon, egg, sausage, mushrooms and beans in a flaky pastry wrap).
      If you go to Cornwall, skip to Looe or Liskeard to start your research. They do the BEST!
      Ah, venison. MOH and his mate knocked a deer over with their ambulance whilst going off duty. The creature was loaded into the back of the vehicle where it was given immediate surgery…….. half each……… and we had it cooked every conceivable way whenever we visited for months thereafter!

  3. Heartafire says:

    We call the half moons filled with fruit tarts in the south, in Spanish (this is Miami) they are pastillos, filled with meat or they can be a fruit pastillo. they are beautiful and delicious.

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