My first Cornish pasty baking experience: a step-by-step recipe

Not just my first Cornish pasty baking experience, but my first baking experience full stop

Sam Latter posted in Baking
1y ago

Here's a step-by-step guide for baking beginners...

This isn't just my first Cornish pasty baking experience, but my first baking experience full stop...! Believe it or not, I've never baked before. No cakes, cookies, bread, nothing. So I decided to start easy and give Cornish pasties a go. They're the real deal too, as I'm currently based down in Cornwall.

For more info on Cornish pasties, here's everything you could want to know.

Cornish Pasty

Here's a dummy's guide to my Cornish pasty recipe. All the ingredients are from a Cornish farm, and baked in Bude, North Cornwall.

Prep time15min
Cook time1h 5min
Total time1h 20min


  • Shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 350g beef skirt
  • 350g wax potatoes
  • 200g swede
  • 2 onions
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Flour


Dummies Guide

  1. Dice up the swede, onions, potatoes and beef into 1cm chunks. Add salt and pepper and put into a bowl.
  2. Mix it all up, then roll out the pastry onto a chopping board covered in flour. Cut round a plate to get a beautiful circle of pastry.
  3. Preheat oven to 220C.
  4. Spoon up ingredients to cover 1/3 of the pastry. Put some egg on the outside so it sticks, fold over the top then crinkle. Crusts are important, as that's what the miners used to hold onto to avoid poisoning!
  5. Layer with egg and put on a baking tray for 15 minutes at 220C. After 15 minutes, lower heat to 180C, and bake for 30 more minutes. Baking paper recommended.
  6. Get somebody in the house to take a photo of you holding the pasties. Make sure you smile!
  7. Wait until eating temperature and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Eat it with whatever you want. I personally like baked beans if I am at home. My Dad loves good old ketchup, however some Cornish friends love them just on their own. I freestyled with the size of them. Remember you can only officially call them Cornish pasties if they were made in Cornwall.

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Comments (7)

  • Good job. Looks tasty. Welcome to foodtribe

      1 year ago
  • I have never had one and now that I know what's in it I might have to fix them. Thanks for the recipe!

    Welcome to FoodTribe!

      1 year ago
  • Nice work Sam! As if you're a first time baker?? They look great! How did they taste?

      1 year ago
  • Sam, these look incredible! Are you sure you haven't baked anything before? ๐Ÿ‘€

      1 year ago
  • on t' money mate. well done

      1 year ago