Hairy Bikers' Cornish pasty recipe

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This Hairy Bikers' Cornish pasty is made with beef, onions, swede, and potatoes. It's a proper authentic pasty recipe for true pasty lovers.

Hairy Bikers Cornish pasty recipe
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Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours 10 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories614 Kcal31%
Sugar3 g3%
Fat27 g39%
Salt5.9 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein24 g48%
Carbohydrates69 g27%
Salt5.9 gRow 6 - Cell 2

This Hairy Bikers' Cornish pasty is made with beef, onions, swede, and potatoes. It's a proper authentic pasty recipe for true pasty lovers.

The Hairy Bikers’ Cornish pasty recipe is a traditional British bake that’s great for using up leftover meat and veg. As featured on their BBC series, Food Tour of Britain, this Cornish pasty recipe is warming and delicious - perfect for picnics, parties, or lunchtime snack. This recipe makes six regular-sized Cornish pasties and will take around an hour and 10 mins to prepare and cook. 

In this recipe, Si and Dave have opted to make the shortcrust pastry from scratch but if you’re short on time opt for shop-bought shortcrust pastry instead.


For the shortcrust pastry:

  • 450g plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 125ml cold water

For the Cornish pasty filling:

  • 450g potato, finely diced
  • 150g swede, finely diced
  • 150g onion, finely chopped
  • 300g beef skirt, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 40g butter
  • 1 egg, beaten




  1. To make the shortcrust pastry: Place the flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and egg yolks into a food processor and blitz until the mixture forms crumbs. Slowly add the water until a ball of pastry miraculously appears - you may not need all the water. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and leave it to chill in the fridge for an hour.
  2. To prepare the Cornish pasty filling: Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Roll out the pastry to the thickness you like, but be careful not to tear it. Using a dinner plate as a template, cut out 6 discs of pastry.
  3. Season the vegetables separately with salt and black pepper. Put the beef into a bowl and mix with the flour and some salt and pepper. Place some potatoes, swede, onions, and beef on one half of the circle, leaving a gap around the edge. Dot with butter. Brush around the perimeter of the pastry circle with the beaten egg, then fold the pastry over the vegetables and meat and seal firmly. Starting at one side, crimp the edges over to form a sealed D-shaped pasty. Brush the whole pasty with a beaten egg, then make a steam hole in the center with a sharp knife.
  4. Repeat to make the other pasties. Put the pasties in the oven and cook for 50 mins until they are crispy and golden and the filling is cooked through. Leave them to rest for 5-10 mins before eating.  

Top tips for making the Hairy Bikers Cornish pasty

How do I store leftover Cornish pasties?

If you have any leftover pasties, leave them to cool thoroughly and then store wrapped in a couple of layers of tight clingfilm in the fridge for up to two days.

Reheat in the oven at 180C for about 20-30 minutes until piping hot. You can also reheat your pasty in the microwave but it may make the pastry soggy so we’d opt for the oven instead.

The Hairy Bikers (opens in new tab) Cornish pasty can also be frozen. Once completely cooled wrap in cling film or store in an airtight freezable container or bag. You can freeze pasties for up to four months. You can freeze cooked or uncooked. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating again.

How can I make a vegetarian version of the Hairy Bikers Cornish pasty?

If you’re catering for vegetarians or want a lower-fat option then you could swap the beef for Quorn (opens in new tab) mince or Quorn pieces instead. For a lower-fat option, you could swap the beef for finely chopped turkey or lean minced turkey instead.

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