The humble pasty
01 March 2021
By Hayley Carmichael
While we tend to call it a Cornish Pasty, there is a big rivalry between Devon and Cornwall about which county can lay claim to this savoury favourite.
The Jurassic Coast - food
Celebrating our new Step Up Challenge routes, we’re posting a recipe relating to the areas the routes cover, with a new recipe each week for the 12 weeks allowed to complete a route.
The Jurassic Coast in the UK cover both Dorset and Devon, so what better recipe to start with than the traditional Cornish Pasty! We know this may be contentious, but Devon has been making pasties since 1510 so we think it can lay equal claim to this famous dish.
A brief history of the Cornish Pasty
The earliest known mention of a pasty is Henry the 8th’s wife Jane Seymour who made mention of it in a letter. They were made by housewives for their husbands to take to work, whether in the mines or the fields. Every working member of the house would have one marked with their initials.
The traditional thick crust was designed to be held while eating and then thrown away, so work mucky fingers didn’t need to go near the food part and is known as an oggie. hence the cry “Oggie, Oggie, Oggie”.
Today the pastie is a tourist favourite with over 3.5 million eaten in Cornwall/Devon every year.
Try making your own
Home baked goods are so great, as you know exactly what has gone into them, and generally there is less waste, especially if you buy your veggies from the grocer and can escape the plastic packaging.
We’ve got two great recipes for you to try, one a traditional meat version by the Hairy Bikers from their Great British Recipes collection. Find it here.
The second is a meat free alternative as eating less meat is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint and this Jamie Oliver recipe is super tasty. Find it here.