Posted: 16 February '12 by Niall
Cornish pasties.. The very name used to make me shiver.. The abominations sold in most supermarkets saw to that, with pastry like a carpet-tile, containing more air than filling, and what there was of that was an indefinable brown mush.
Things have changed, though, and the humble Cornish Pasty has become quite exclusive in recent years. Pastry, beef, potato, onion and swede it may be, but thanks to the awarding of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the EU, the pasty now rubs shoulders with such gourmet delicacies as Champagne, Parma Ham and Stilton Cheese – and thanks to the work of the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA), not only do pasties that bear the name “Cornwall” have to come from the region, but they should also meet quality standards.
The pasties dished up by The Cornish Pasty Trading Company at 20 Church Lane in Belfast certainly do that. Made in the “Simply Cornish” bakery in Penzance, the pasties are shipped to Belfast for owner Derek Brum to bake everyday, and bear the coveted “genuine Cornish Pasty” badge.
I’ll happily admit that a good Cornish Pasty is right up my street, as you might remember from our post about this year’s Belfast Beer and Cider Festival and the variety of fillings available in Derek’s shop had my mouth watering.
It was a tough choice between the traditional pasty and the avant-garde pork and cider, but I’m nothing if not a traditionalist, and the original recipe won the day. I pushed the boat out and bought a large pasty, which cost £3.50, although you can go for the small (£2.30) or medium (£2.80) sizes.
The pasties are a really good value-for-money option for lunch: They’re freshly baked and ready to go, so there’s no waiting around for sandwiches to be assembled or food to be warmed up; they’re made to be eaten on the go and, as Derek says, they’re “a meal you can hold in one hand!”; and what you get really is a meal in itself. The pastry was packed from end to end with diced beef, potato and swede – along with a liberal sprinkling of black pepper – very tasty and filling, with enough flavour to keep you interested as you munch through the behemoth pasty.
My pet hate with these sorts of things is pastry that’s too greasy – so greasy that it becomes a bit unpleasant to taste after a few mouthfuls. That wasn’t the case here – the pastry was crisp, golden and far lighter than I thought it would be, even at the crimped edges where the pastry was thicker.
Needless to say, I finished every crumb!
Find The Cornish Pasty Trading Company
The Cornish Pasty Trading Company
20 Church Lane,
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The shop is open from 08:00-17:30, Monday to Saturday
You can find out more about The Cornish Pasty Association by visiting www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk
Categories: Lunch in the City