Pasty Wars and More!
What a fabulous set of entries for Best of British Cornwall. Our host for the month, Choclette at ChocLogBlog produced some unusual and gorgeous looking Cornish Splits – yeasted buns that she served a bit like scones with jam and cream. Now, true to her name she managed to adapt the recipe to include a bit of chocolate – and not just on the strawberries. The fat for the buns was a mixture of butter and white chocolate – how yummy does that sound!!! The recipe is here on her blog if you want to try for yourself
We had quite a range of cornish pasty recipes. My own recipe was my mother’s and while I was quite pleased with the result, Karen at Lavender and Lovage produced a rather more authentic Cornish Pasty with the pretty side crimp I can’t quite manage to do yet!
These lovely pasties from The Hungry Hinny LOOK like the traditional ones, but are a veggie version. And, so delicious looking that I suspect they are the the sort of veggie dish that would work for a meat eater like
And, Chris’s version from his blog, Cooking Around the World has Guinness and Rosemary – sounds really tasty!
Our final (not quite a pasty) came from Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate – She produced this lovely Cornish Pastie Pie!
Now, after all those pasties, you’ll be pleased to know we DID find some more fabulous dishes from Cornwall.
I love this Stargazy Pie, which has come all the way from Cornwall via South Africa courtesy of Under The Blue Gum Tree, who has adapted a Mark Hix recipe. I find sardines poking their head through the pastry slightly freaky…but this version with prawns just looks rather elegant to me.
Janice from FarmersGirl Kitchen, our Host for this Month’s Scottish ‘Best of British’ Challenge has made a kedgeree with Mackerel that she thinks probably got a lot of exercise and swam round from Cornwall to the West Coast of Scotland;) . Well, regardless, it’s a great Cornish (and Scottish) ingredient and this is a fabulous kedgeree recipe I’m sure you’ll want to try!
Karen from Lavender and Lovage also sent us a recipe to use Davidstow Cheddar – a nutty and rather gorgeous Cornish Cheddar that works well on cheeseboard but is also great for using in recipes like this Cheese and Potato Pie. Real comfort food for a chilly summer evening!
Now, on to dessert! Cornwall is famous for it’s clotted cream, so parhaps it’s not suprising that we had this lovely Cornish ‘tiramisu’ with Clotted Cream from Chris at Cooking around the World
And Janine from Janine Bakes managed to combine our Best of British Challenge with the Jubilee Celebrations with this lovely Jubilee Celebration Cake using Strawberries and Clotted Cream.
Beth, from Jam and Clotted Cream was bound to produce something fantastic…and this Honey Cake using honey from a local Cornish producer really does look gorgeous. I envy her family and friends who got to eat it!
We had a Golden Entry from the aptly titled Lapin D’Or Blog in the form of these lovely Saffron buns. There are a lot of saffron cake recipes in Cornwall, and this one looks really beautiful, a pretty pale yellow spiced bun!
Finally, our winner (chosen at random, but really rather gorgeous!) was The More Than Occasional Baker who sent in these lovely clotted cream and strawberry tarts and cookies!