Homemade Cornish Pasties (made in Devon)! & Leeks in Cheese Sauce

Last night i got to actually cook a meal!! I love cooking and hopefully i will be able to share a lot more recipes in the future, since having Rowan though, it just does not happen, he is only 1 month old but i am starting to feel ready to get into a routine with him, which means i can return to my recipe experimenting.

However last night Rowan slept into the evening so dad sat on the sofa for a cuddle with him and i got in the kitchen, dressed in my favourite apron. My mother in law was having a clear out and gave us this recipe book recently…Leith’s Cookery Bible…

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What an amazing book…it has so many recipes in there, i think you will see this a few more times on my blog!

We are trying to be thrifty especially as i am currently on maternity leave, every penny counts! So i decided to make something from the book from the foods we already had in our cupboards…i decided to make Cornish Pasties (however as they were made in Devon i guess i should legally call them Devon pasties?!) and even got to make a second recipe, leeks in Mornay Sauce (cheese sauce).

Mornay Sauce

20 g | ¾ oz butter
20 g | ¾ oz plain flour
pinch of dry English mustard
a pinch of cayenne pepper
290 ml | ½ pint milk
55 g | 2 oz Gruyere or strong cheddar cheese, finely grated (**I used just mature cheddar**)
15 g | ½ oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Remove the pan to the heat and stir until boiling. Simmer, stirring well, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Add all the cheese, and mix it well, but do not reboil.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I halved the recipe as only had a couple of leaks…it was delicious once cooked and browned under the grill.

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I half cheated with the pastie pastry, i did not have any jus-roll which i usually use but i did have a dry pastry pack from Tesco that you just add water to, it actually made lovely pastry, which was smooth and rolled easily, think i will get another one in as a store cupboard staple! Cheating i know not making it from scratch…but come on i have limited time on my hands now that i have a baby!

I initially made 4 circles for the pasties but i then made a 5th with the left over pastry which i re-rolled out – i know what the husband is having for lunch the next few days!

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I had to improvise a little as half way through making the pastie, i realised that we had no onions!! Don’t you just hate that! So out went the onion and in went a carrot instead! The good thing about pasties is you can put whatever you like in them!

A little rubbish fact for you…years ago when men went down the mines, their wives would send them off with a pastie, half would be savoury filled with cheap cuts of meat and veg and the other half would be filled with fruit…main and dessert all in one pastie…so clever!! They would also have a big crust around the edge, this was so the men could hold the pastie with their dirty hands.

Anyway…in the mix was beef (about 200g), one large potato and one large onion carrot, i then seasoned it with salt and pepper.

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The result, a very comforting meal in front of the wood burner!

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Sorry about the quality of the pics, they were off my iphone but i will start to use my digital as soon as i have 5 minutes to buy batteries for it!!

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