Welcome to my latest frugal family meals and introducing you to my Airfryer Cornish Pasty recipe.
Well you can take the girl out of England but you can’t take English out of the girl. It may be eight years this summer since we moved to Portugal, but I still have a soft spot for quite a few British classics and one of those classics is the cornish pasty.
The plan for making this came to me last week when I took Kyle out in Portugal for his first ever Doner Kebab. It was because one of his British friends had mentioned it and because he moved here when he was six there is a lot of British food that he has never tried.
So I took him out to a Doner Kebab bar and it was terrible. Not that it is that great in the UK. But this was a -10 out of a 10 out of 10 scale. There was 80% salad and hardly any meat at all, the meat was shaved so thin you hardly got any. Oh and the worst bit was that when we went they had no Doner meat so he had cheap processed chicken and beef.
It got me thinking that if I was going to introduce him to them (minus taking him back to England) then I had to make it myself. So I decided to look at other British classics that he misses out on and the Cornish pasty came to mind. It must be about 3 o4 4 years since I last made one and as I love them I didn’t take much convincing.
This also brings me back to my childhood and the British bakery. I lived in the north of England and there were a few really good bakeries. This was before you were taken over by chains and when you looked forward to the customer service when you went. There were no obesity issues and back then it was probably down to the fact that you couldn’t buy 5 sausage rolls for a cheap price and that quantity didn’t rule.
My dad had a video shop and for lunch he would give me some money, ask for a sandwich and tell me to get whatever I wanted. This usually involved a slice of cake, a sandwich and a Cornish pasty.
I thought it was great going on my own (I was about 9 at the time) and would walk down by about three shops to get the food bits.
It was heaven and as we are now in 2016 here is a great version in the Airfryer that is also easy to make and so frugal. When you look at these type of recipes you realise what a great mark up having a bakery is.
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How Frugal Is The Cornish Pasty?
Our cornish pasty recipe works out at 1,61€ for a family of four or 0,40€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.46 per mouth that you have to feed!
Firstly cook your vegetables. Add the carrot and potato to a food steamer and cook for 20 minutes or until soft.
Secondly make your pastry. Rub the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add cold water (a little at a time) until you have a nice soft dough. Roll out your pastry ready for the Cornish pasties.
In a large pan add your mince, with a little olive oil and cook until it has browned through. Add the seasoning and add your potato and carrot (once it is steamed). Mix well and set to one side.
Wait until the mixture has cooled down enough (so that you don’t burn yourself) and fill half a side of the Cornish pasty pastry with the filling. Do this until you have run out of pastry.
Brush the pastry with egg and then place in your Airfryer. Cook for 25 minutes on 200c or until your pastry is well cooked.
I find that you don’t use much filling in your Cornish pasties so you need very little of it. So you can use the leftovers to make yourself a cottage pie.