Vegan and Vegetarian Cornish pasties re-posted here for Chandrani's Lunchbox event

Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall,  at low tide

Delicious with a dollop of  green tomato chutney!

 May blossom and flowering gorse in Rocky Valley, Bossiney, Cornwall

I just got back from another wild and wonderful weekend in Cornwall, walking the cliffs and beaches, so what better way to participate in Chandrani of Cuisine Delights'
 "Spotlight: Lunchbox ideas" event than to re-post my pasty recipe! Pasties are a complete meal, all sealed up in their own edible pastry wrapping so they are ideal for lunchboxes. 

To make 10 pasties with some filling left over (makes a great pitta/ toastie filling for those who prefer bread to pastry) I used:
500g organic wholemeal flour
200ml extra- virgin olive oil mixed with 50ml water
water to mix
  • Measure the flour out into a bowl
  • Whizz up the oil and 50ml water in a blender with a little of the flour 
  • Rub this into the flour until the mixture looks a bit like breadcrumbs
  • Mix to a dough with cold water (use as little as possible- the pastry comes out crisper that way)
  • Form into a ball and set aside, covered, in a cool place while you prepare the filling
900g (uncooked weight) peas, potato, celery, white cabbage, pumpkin and swede (rutabaga) all chopped finely or diced no bigger than 1cm. (You could also use sweetcorn, parsnip, turnip, celeriac, carrot/ sweet potato etc.)
a little olive oil for sweating
200ml water
1 tab miso
1 tab soy sauce/ Liquid Aminos
1 tab tomato puree
1/2 tsp coarse-ground black pepper
1 tsp hing
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp thyme
  • Sweat the vegetables over a medium heat in a large, shallow pan with the lid on, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking. Do this for a minimum of 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are starting to soften. 
  • Mix the remaining ingredients with the water to make a stock and add to the pan. Cover and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Adjust the seasoning if necessary and set aside to cool.
  • Dice 250g of vegetarian Cheddar cheese and add to the filling when cool. Alternatively, use a handful or two of preserved black beans (douchi
  • Now roll the pastry out about 3-4mm thick and use a saucer or bowl to make circles around 15cm in diameter. 
  • Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of each circle, brush the edges with water and pinch the opposite edges together to make the classic pasty shape. 
  • Place on oiled baking sheets, brush the pasty tops with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 200C for 15-20 minutes, until the pasties are browning nicely on top
  • They are equally delicious hot or cold with plenty of salad and your favourite chutney. I like pumpkin, tomato, plum or green tomato.
More vegan-ising ideas: instead of black beans, use "Scheeze", "Cheezely", TVP chunks, seitan, tofu or your favourite cooked bean. I chose the black beans because their sharp tanginess is somewhat akin to a mature cheese.

Reminder: don't miss out on my "Amazing Almonds" event; submissions accepted until the end of April.


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