52 Weeks of Baking: Week 1 – Cornish Pasties
Hi! Long time no bake!
So I’ve kinda lost my baking groove recently due to a million reasons I’m not gonna get into. But I really wanted to start baking along in the r/52weeksofbaking subreddit’s challenge to get back on track and start learning new stuff for a change. So here I am, trying to bake along with the 2022 challenge!
If you’d like to join, here is the link to the challenge! You can start at any point of the year. 🙂
The theme for Week 1 was “New Year, New Recipe”. Since one of my other goals has been to try to bake through the Great British Bake Off’s technical challenges, I decided to combine them and make Cornish Pasties for the first time ever.
This is the recipe I used as a base. However, there are some minor adjustments that I personally would recommend, so I’ll add my own adjusted version down below.
Otherwise, I kept the recipe mostly the same. I tried to make half a recipe – so only 2 pasties. Also, I couldn’t really find a proper beef skirt from the local store here, so I used minced beef meat instead. I know it’s not QUITE the same but what can you do.
Overall, these turned out surprisingly nice given that I was making them for the first time. The dough needed more water than the recipe suggested, otherwise it was impossible to roll it out without crumbling. Additionally, the recipe suggests lowering the oven temperature after 20 minutes – I found the original 160°C to be too low. For me, the filling was nice and ready a long time before the dough got to the golden colour which made it a bit dry when eating. I would suggest lowering the temperature to 180°C instead.
Although I also realised that I forgot to put the butter in the filling. That may also have been the cause for the dryness… Oops!
P.S. I am also writing down all the Great British Bake Off technical challenge recipes and this one is included there – if you are looking for the short version of the Cornish Pasties recipe to do the GBBO Technical Challenge with time restrictions, go to this post. A full list of the technical challenge recipes is here.