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Homemade Pasty Recipe

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Homemade Pasty Recipe

Posted on 15 November 2012 by noelskitchen

Today, I’m sharing another family favorite recipe…it’s a Homemade Pasty Recipe. They are amazingly good and a perfect recipe choice if you’re looking to stock your freezer with some pre-made meals for your family.



Makes: 8


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 box rolled pie crusts (usually 2 per box)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef. Chop ends of carrots off and clean. Grate carrots on a cutting board and add to bowl with the meat.
  3. Peel all potatoes and chop them up into fine squares. Add potatoes to the bowl with the ground beef and carrots.
  4. Take the skin off the onion and dice into tiny squares. Add to the ground beef mixture.
  5. Add as much salt and pepper to your liking to the mixture.
  6. With clean hands, mix ingredients by hand until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  7. On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out one pie crust. With a knife, slice the pie crust down the middle. (Each pie crust will give to two good size pasties).
  8. Place one cup of beef mixture in the middle of one half of pie crust. Push filling down and shape it so that it all stays together. Add a small amount of butter, about half a Tablespoon on top.
  9. Fold the pie crust over so it looks like your’re making a little pocket. This is also where a little ice water comes in handy. Using your fingertips, wet the sides then push down the pastry. This helps seal and make a pie type edge on it. Push down and fold the sides if you can. 
  10. Repeat with remaining pie crusts until all beef mixture is gone. Carefully place each pasty on an ungreased cooking sheet. Using a sharp knife make five slits on top of each pasty. 
  11.  Place in preheated oven and cook for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve for dinner or if you are freezing, allow to cool and store in freezer zip-loc bags. (If you are freezing, I let cool then place entire cookie sheet with pasty in the freezer for 15 minutes. This allows them to firm up a bit so they are not so fragile when putting them in the zip-loc bags).
You could also make you’re own pie crust for this recipe which I’ll share in another post. This one is a little different than my Mom’s Perfect Pie Crust recipe I shared with you last year. 

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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Tags: Blueberry Pie, Dessert, , Summer Desserts

Blueberry Crumb Pie

Posted on 20 July 2012 by noelskitchen

Mid summer is prime season around here to head on over to our neighbors at Lazy Valley Blueberry Ranch. Since our visit there last weekend, I’ve had the chance to make a tasty Blueberry Crumb Pie.

Pie is just one of those desserts, that always seems to be a challenge in finding that perfect pie crust recipe. Since my last post on pie crust I’ve adapted my recipe a little bit and added some extra ingredients and have been making it this way ever since. I apologize for not having step-by-step photos, maybe when I have the time in a future post.

Now on with the pie!

Blueberry Crumb Pie

(makes two single pie crusts)

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cup cold shortening, diced
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg mixed with 1 Tablespoon water (for the egg wash)


  • 4 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumb Topping

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and kosher salt. Put the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. It’s important that the ingredients for the pie crust are very cold. Dice the shortening and also place it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  2. Take the bowl out of the freezer and add in the shortening. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the shortening into the flour. The mixture should resemble small peas.
  3. Mix together 1/2 cup very cold water (I put the water in the freezer) and 1 large cold egg. Add it to the bowl and mix the ingredients together with a fork.
  4. Put the dough onto a floured counter and form it into a large circle. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and take off 3/4 of the dough. I always use a little more so it’s easier to roll out. You can reserve the extra dough you don’t use for another pie.
  6. Flour the counter, rolling pin and the dough. Roll it out into a large circle. Then roll the dough onto your rolling pin. Roll the dough over the pie plate (a 9 inch pie plate) and press it into the insides of the pie plate.
  7. Crimp the edges of the pie or if you can just take a fork and crimp the edges. (Something I still have to perfect. :) )
  8. Place the pie in the refrigerator while you work on the filling.
  9. In a bowl, mix together the sugar and flour. Add in the sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract and mix with a mixer on medium speed until combined. (You can also use your kitchen aid.) Add the blueberries and mix gently until all blueberries are covered.
  10. Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator. Pour the blueberry filling on the bottom of the crust and spread out.
  11. Now make the crumb topping. Mix together the sugar, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. Pour the melted unsalted butter into the bowl and mix everything together.
  12. Add in the flour and mix until the ingredients form a crumble topping.
  13. Crumble the crumb topping over the pie.
  14. Mix together 1 large egg and 1 Tablespoon of water and brush over the edge of the crust. You won’t use all of the egg wash.
  15. Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10-15 minutes. (the pie is done when the filling is somewhat firm) Let the pie cool for at least 1 hour on a cooling rack before cutting into slices. The filling will set when the pie cools. Then enjoy!

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