Today was over 30 degrees celcius – it should have been a day for lounging about and eating watermelon, instead we went out for a walk, baked some cookies and I made Cornish pasties!! Madness!
I had planned to investigate a bit further up the road from where we live but we only got ten minutes away from the house and we were all boiled! I had packed snacks and water so we stopped under a gazebo thing in a wee park up the road. Alexander was somewhat dramatic – for a change …
(Larry’s halter is not because he is a ferocious beast – it is a halti, a special collar that stops him pulling. He doesn’t love it but it makes walking him a lot nicer!)
After that we were all set to go … … go straight back home that is and sit under the air conditioning until Linda came for us to take us back to hers for a swim in the pool before coming home again for dinner.
The pasties turned out really well. I had never made them before so that fulfilled my resolution for this week!
I made my own pastry by cutting 125g of butter, adding it to 1 2/3 cups of plain flour and a pinch of salt. I zapped them all in the food processor I bought with the bonus my bosses gave me at Christmas. I beat up an egg and added a little water (about a tbsp) and added all that to the butter/flour breadcrumbs in the food processor. I mixed it until it all stuck together and then whacked it in the freezer while I made the filling.
The filling should really be strips of beef but I only had mince so that would have to do. I grated a carrot and an onion and then mixed it with 300g mince, some seasoning and some dried herbs.
I split the pastry into four, rolled it into circles and put a big spoonful of the filling in the middle, joined the sides of the pastry together, crimped the edges and brushed the whole thing with egg then put it on a piece of baking paper on top of a baking tray and stuck it in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
They were YUMMY!! I very rarely have ketchup but this seemed like the sort of thing that it should go with! I will definitely make these again, but I might choose a cooler day for it!