Whilst browsing through the Myer Spring/Summer homewares catalogue, I came across a mixing bowl that instantly reminded me of one that my Nan used to have. I can remember sitting in her kitchen watching her mix cakes and other goodies by hand. Over the weekend when I just happened to find myself in a Myer store, I was very excited to find the bowl and find it was also 30% off!
Today would have marked Nan’s 106th birthday (she passed away in 2007 shortly before her 100th birthday), and to honour this I’m sharing her recipe for homemade pasties.
Making my own pastry has always scared me, but this pastry is super easy to make, and well worth the effort. The original ingredients for the filling are pretty simple, and I’ve added a few extra things to give them some more flavour.
To make these Homemade Pasties you will need:
Pastry (short pie crust)
4 oz self raising flour (1/2 cup)
4 oz plain flour (1/2 cup)
pinch of salt
4 oz of butter/marg/lard (this sure shows the age of this recipe!)
4 tbsp water
* Sift all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
* Rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs
* Add half of the water and stir through using a knife, continue to add water until dough forms
* Knead dough until smooth, let it rest in the fridge for 15minutes
500g of mince (can use either beef or lamb)
2 grated potatoes
1 grated onion
1 grated carrot
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 tablespoon of dry mixed herbs
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato relish/sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of milk for glaze
* Roll out pastry and cut into rounds the size of a saucer and brush edges with a small amount of water to moisten
* Add filling mixture to centre of round
* Bring sides of pastry together at the top to enclose filling. Pinch the pastry together to secure
* Top with milk glaze an bake in a 190 degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden and cooked through
** Makes approx 6 pasties.