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What makes a pasty Cornish?

Pastry has been used as both a vessel and a means of preserving for as long as cooking has existed

June 10, 2021

Written by: Olivia Potts

"This week, world leaders are doing what countless Brits do every summer: unpacking their bags in a charming corner of Cornwall. The G7 summit Joe Bidens first, and Angela Merkels last is taking place in the resort town of Carbis Bay, a stones throw from St Ives.

Between the speeches and the roundtables, will the world leaders find time to tuck into Cornwalls proudest and most popular export, the Cornish pasty? Boris Johnson talked about the regions industrial history in the run-up to the event: "Two hundred years ago Cornwalls tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UKs industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement. Well, you dont invoke tin mining without putting pasties on the menu.

The origin of the pasty is difficult to trace. They are mentioned in Chaucer and Shakespeare; Jane Seymour was a fan. In a letter to Henry VIIIs third wife, a baker writes: "Hope this pasty reaches you in better condition than the last one.

But then, across the world, pastry has been used as both a vessel and a means of preserving for as long as cooking has existed. In the Middle Ages, pasties were commonplace across Britain. Regional variations of hand-held pies were ubiquitous by the 1800s.

The Cornish werent doing anything groundbreaking with their pasties, but their particular variety became a symbol of Cornish pride, popular with the countys many farmers and miners. The pasty was cheap, portable, nutritious and filling for those working long, physically intense days. The distinctive side-crimping allowed miners, whose hands were covered in tin or copper dust, to hold the crimped edge as a handle, and throw it away when they were done. The discarded pastry was said to please the "knockers, the spirits that lived in the mines.

The Cornish mining industry collapsed in the mid-19th century, but the pasty survived. Today, a huge amount of money is wrapped up in that thick pastry shell. Cornwall is the UKs most popular vacation destination and collectively, tourists eat their way through well north of 100 million pasties a year. Some 20 percent of the regions food and drink turnover comes from pasties.

Cornwall has had to fight for its right to pasty. It took a nine-year battle with the EU to gain Protected Geographical Indication a status also enjoyed by champagne, parmigiano reggiano and the Melton Mowbray pork pie. To name itself as such, a Cornish pasty now must be made (although not necessarily baked) in the county. It must be filled with potato, swede (which the Cornish call turnip), onion and coarsely chopped beef (never mince).. The filling must be uncooked when it meets the pastry, which in turn must be D-shaped, golden and "robust.

There is, surprisingly, a choice of acceptable pastries: shortcrust, puff or rough puff will all do the job, although aficionados tend to argue for 50 percent butter, 50 percent lard shortcrust, which makes the pastry crisp and short. This has become more important, because unlike the tin miners, we now eat the crust too. But the PGI status means that even if you follow the rules of preparation and presentation, any pasty filled outside those Cornish borders is a mere imitator a Corn-ish pasty, if you will..."

This article was originally published in The Spectators UK magazine. Subscribe to the World edition here.



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> What makes a pasty Cornish?


Good article. Pasties rule!

Its pretty well known Cornish miners brought pasties to the Upper Midwest.

Parts of Michigan, especially the Upper Peninsula, still have a thriving pasty culture.

Its less appreciated Cornish miners brought pasties to other parts of the world.

Hidalgo, in Central Mexico, also has a thriving pasty culture (they spell it paste).

The Cornish miners may also have introduced football (futbol, soccer) to Mexico.

Now pasties have been reintroduced into the Midwest by way of Mexico.

Chicagos large Mexican community has at least two spots that specialize in the meaty turnovers.

Beef and potato is a common filling, but spicy fillings like tinga de pollo are probably more popular.

One shop even makes Pastes Hawaianos. Fusion food at its finest.
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On Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 7:51:32 AM UTC-10, odlayo wrote:
> On Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 12:05:38 PM UTC-5, GM wrote:
> > https://spectatorworld.com/life/what...asty-cornish/?
> >
> > What makes a pasty Cornish?

> Good article. Pasties rule!
>
> Its pretty well known Cornish miners brought pasties to the Upper Midwest.
>
> Parts of Michigan, especially the Upper Peninsula, still have a thriving pasty culture.
>
> Its less appreciated Cornish miners brought pasties to other parts of the world.
>
> Hidalgo, in Central Mexico, also has a thriving pasty culture (they spell it paste).
>
> The Cornish miners may also have introduced football (futbol, soccer) to Mexico.
>
> Now pasties have been reintroduced into the Midwest by way of Mexico.
>
> Chicagos large Mexican community has at least two spots that specialize in the meaty turnovers.
>
> Beef and potato is a common filling, but spicy fillings like tinga de pollo are probably more popular.
>
> One shop even makes Pastes Hawaianos. Fusion food at its finest.


The Hawaiian empanada is totally awesome! Half a pound of laulau, dipped in poi, with chunks of Spam. What's not to like? I used to be into meat pies. The Italian pastie was my least favorite.
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On Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:05:38 PM UTC-4, GM wrote:
> https://spectatorworld.com/life/what...asty-cornish/?
>
> What makes a pasty Cornish?
>
> Pastry has been used as both a vessel and a means of preserving for as long as cooking has existed
>
> June 10, 2021
>
> Written by: Olivia Potts
>
> "This week, world leaders are doing what countless Brits do every summer: unpacking their bags in a charming corner of Cornwall. The G7 summit Joe Bidens first, and Angela Merkels last is taking place in the resort town of Carbis Bay, a stones throw from St Ives.
>
> Between the speeches and the roundtables, will the world leaders find time to tuck into Cornwalls proudest and most popular export, the Cornish pasty? Boris Johnson talked about the regions industrial history in the run-up to the event: "Two hundred years ago Cornwalls tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UKs industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement. Well, you dont invoke tin mining without putting pasties on the menu.
>
> The origin of the pasty is difficult to trace. They are mentioned in Chaucer and Shakespeare; Jane Seymour was a fan. In a letter to Henry VIIIs third wife, a baker writes: "Hope this pasty reaches you in better condition than the last one.
>
> But then, across the world, pastry has been used as both a vessel and a means of preserving for as long as cooking has existed. In the Middle Ages, pasties were commonplace across Britain. Regional variations of hand-held pies were ubiquitous by the 1800s.
>
> The Cornish werent doing anything groundbreaking with their pasties, but their particular variety became a symbol of Cornish pride, popular with the countys many farmers and miners. The pasty was cheap, portable, nutritious and filling for those working long, physically intense days. The distinctive side-crimping allowed miners, whose hands were covered in tin or copper dust, to hold the crimped edge as a handle, and throw it away when they were done. The discarded pastry was said to please the "knockers, the spirits that lived in the mines.
>
> The Cornish mining industry collapsed in the mid-19th century, but the pasty survived. Today, a huge amount of money is wrapped up in that thick pastry shell. Cornwall is the UKs most popular vacation destination and collectively, tourists eat their way through well north of 100 million pasties a year. Some 20 percent of the regions food and drink turnover comes from pasties.
>
> Cornwall has had to fight for its right to pasty. It took a nine-year battle with the EU to gain Protected Geographical Indication a status also enjoyed by champagne, parmigiano reggiano and the Melton Mowbray pork pie. To name itself as such, a Cornish pasty now must be made (although not necessarily baked) in the county. It must be filled with potato, swede (which the Cornish call turnip), onion and coarsely chopped beef (never mince). The filling must be uncooked when it meets the pastry, which in turn must be D-shaped, golden and "robust.
>
> There is, surprisingly, a choice of acceptable pastries: shortcrust, puff or rough puff will all do the job, although aficionados tend to argue for 50 percent butter, 50 percent lard shortcrust, which makes the pastry crisp and short. This has become more important, because unlike the tin miners, we now eat the crust too. But the PGI status means that even if you follow the rules of preparation and presentation, any pasty filled outside those Cornish borders is a mere imitator a Corn-ish pasty, if you will...."
>
> This article was originally published in The Spectators UK magazine. Subscribe to the
> World edition here.


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