Vegan Cornish Pasty

As a Cornish lass, the Cornish Pasty was a firm favourite growing up and something we learnt to make at school… this is my vegan version of the traditional cornish pasty flavour.

The pasty is a ‘pie’ dish that is found around the world in many forms… it’s been part of the British diet since the 13th Century, originally a rich meat dish eaten by nobility. In the 17th Century it became a staple lunchtime classic for the miners and farmers of Cornwall, providing them with an easy, tasty and sustaining meal while they worked.

The traditional recipe for the Cornish pasty filling was dead cow with potato, onion and swede, which when cooked together formed a rich gravy, all sealed in its own packet. However, as meat was much more expensive in the 17th and 18th centuries, its presence was scarce and so pasties traditionally contained lots of vegetables.

It is made by placing an uncooked filling on one half of a flat shortcrust pastry circle, folding the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimping the curved edge to form a seal before baking.

It was also common for the pasties to provide both a savoury main course lunch AND a sweet fruity dessert course. The savoury filling would be cooked at one end of the crescent and the sweet at the other end.

Vegan Cornish Pasty Recipe:

This is my veganised version of the traditional Cornish Pasty.

We ALWAYS use the leftover shortcrust pastry to make Marmite Whirls… a firm family favourite for 3 generations 😉

Ingredients: The Veggies

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small suede (or other sweetish vegetable – most recently I used an unripe jackfruit)

Ingredients: The Sauce

  • 1 onion
  • Half clove of garlic
  • Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of marmite (or vegetable stock)
  • Water
  • 1 dessert spoon dried oregano
  • 1 dessert spoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • pepper to taste

Ingredients: The Pastry

  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder / Baking Soda
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Water

Method:

  1. Wash and Peel the veggies, then cube them.
  2. Part cook the potatoe so it can be easily peirced by a fork but is still hardish. Put aside and let them cool, then mix with the other uncooked veggies
  3. In a separate pan fry the onion in oil until browned
  4. Add garlic to onions and cook a little longer
  5. Add herbs, marmite (or vegetable stock) in a cup of water, mustard powder and pepper… mix, simmer for a few minutes, then set aside the sauce to cool
  6. Make the pastry – mix 4 cups of plain flour with salt and baking powder
  7. Add 2 dessert spoons of oil and mix
  8. Add about 1 cup of water a little at a time, mixing until you have a nice rollable dough. Add more flour if the dough is too wet
  9. Roll the dough out to just a few mm thick and cut into soup bowl size rounds
  10. Put about 3 dessert spoons of vegetable mix and 1 dessert spoon of onion sauce onto one half of the round of dough – leaving at least 1.5cm edge for crimping
  11. Dab a little water around the 1.5cm edge of the of the circle round
  12. Fold the pastry over to make a semicircle with the filling on the inside and then crimp
  13. To crimp the edge of the pasty, push down on the edge of the pasty with your finger and twist the pastry over… it can take practice
  14. If you develop any holes – use some extra dough to make a little ‘patch’ repair
  15. Add a couple of airholes in the top of the pasty and put in the oven at about 200 degrees for about 30 minutes

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