Sunday, 24 July 2011

Pasty Production Line



I had a bit of a shopping splurge in Lakeland yesterday. And while you're going to have to wait a little longer to hear about my most exciting purchase (just until I have chance to use it!), I thought I'd show you something I have already used:



I spent a couple of hours this morning making pasties ready for freezing, and I reckon I've done five dinners' worth (including the ones we ate for lunch). Of course, it's perfectly possible to make a pasty without a press like this, but they're quite handy: the bottom edge acts as a pastry cutter to get the right shape of pastry circle, and then you can put the pastry in the mould, fill it up (not too full!) and fold it over to crimp the edges. It took a bit of trial and error to get a nice routine going, and to figure out the right amount of filling, but I think I've got the hang of it now. I had to put a piece of greaseproof paper between the pastry and the crimping edges to stop it from sticking, too.

For my filling, I used a mixture of fresh vegetables (carrots, red pepper, courgette, broccoli, peas, and red onion) with cheese and a little ground black pepper. Basically a version of the vegetable pie recipe that I make regularly. I cut everything into really small pieces, and part-cooked the carrot, sweetcorn and courgette in advance. Next time I might experiment with a more adventurous filling, but today's were certainly delicious, and it's nice to have a stock in the freezer for easy suppers on busy days.



17 comments:

ladyfi said...

I'm not a big fan of pastry, but these do look delicious!

Rachel said...

I have a set of those and they are very useful indeed!

Elizabeth Braun said...

I've had a couple of these for years, but confess to not having used them yet, I guess I should.... I suppose I find doing a 'slice' easier (i.e. pastry layer, then spicy bean and veg mix, then more pastry which I cut into 12 squares). I should be more adventurous, no?=)

Jacqueline said...

Just perfect Rachel. I am quite hungry. one of those would go down nicely right now.

I have lakeland on my mind now too. I was on a breadmaking course yesterday, so I have a mental list of things I want to buy.

Velva said...

Your pasties look delightful. Perfect for freezing and enjoying anytime. Great idea.

Velva

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Wow! That does seem a handy gadget. Lakeland is a store I really miss.

HalfCrazy said...

Was that the final product up there or just before it was baked? Otherwise it looks very good! I am not into utensils and all that stuff but I'm always up for good food. Now I can't wait to see what you churn out in the following days!

Bibliomama said...

Had a bit of cognitive dissonance, before I remembered that pasties are a food item, not just spangly nipple-covers generally accompanied by a g-string. :)

Kazzy said...

I have one of those and never use them. I am a bad chef.

Dave King said...

The results look tempting enough. We await the most exciting purchase!

Dedene said...

Oh, I love kitchen stuff! Can't wait to see what you bought.
As for the pasties... How big are they? Are they a full pie crust folded in half?
I've never tried them, but they look pretty easy. Will you post your recipe?

Jenn Erickson said...

I absolutely need one of those Rachel! And your pasties look wonderful. Will you be sharing the recipe?

Best,
Jenn

Fly Girl said...

Oh those look lovely. I never knew you could buy a gadget like that and I love those little pies.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

mmmm good. We have a version we make here in Cali called Empanadas. (Actually a Mexican dish). You use carne asada or beans and rice or chicken and salsa as your filling. I always add a few chopped up veggies in addition to the salsa which has tomatoes & onions, like corn or peppers. Delicious and one of my kids' favorites!

carma said...

oh those look so good - just like veggie calzones. I'm impressed with your baking skills!!!

Charlotte said...

Despite the fact that it almost looks an archaic torture device, the end result looks delicious!

Johanna GGG said...

I recently got a small set of these and they were called dumpling presses - no idea you could get bigger ones - but I will now look out for them - wish we had lakeland in Australia

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