Now given that I am always going on about picnics, I thought I would share with you the sort of food I sometimes make for a picnic.
Himself and the youngest both take sandwiches for lunch each day, so at the weekends I like add a bit of variation to their diet if possible. These pasties are ideal for picnics and are very filling.
You can also vary the fillings, I added ham to himself’s and made it a different shape so I knew which was which 😉.
I am not really sure what has happened to this photograph, the pasty looks burned but it wasn’t. I have included the recipe for pastry but of course you could buy it ready made.
225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
Approximately 30ml cold water
Or a packet of ready made pastry
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash
1 glug of olive oil
1 white onion
1 sprig of thyme (optional)
Pinch of white pepper
150g cheddar cheese grated (I used 50g smoked cheddar because I had some left over)
Ham (optional – quantity to your taste)
1. Make the pastry first by either popping all the dry ingredients in a food processor.
2. Pulse until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Then add the water a little at a time until it comes together.
4. Place it in cling film in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Don’t miss this stage out because it will be much easier to work with if chilled.
5. While it’s chilling, you can prepare the filling. Sauté the onions, adding thyme if using and white pepper, until they go translucent but then carry on until the liquid around them has dried up. Leave to cool.
6. Pre heat the oven to 220 degrees.
7. After 30 minutes, assemble the pasties by rolling out the pastry. I use a cereal bowl to cut out the circles.
8. Add onion, cheese and ham (if using ) to one side of the circle.
9. Use the egg wash around the outside of the circle, then fold the pastry over to make a half circle. Use a fork to press around the matching edges to seal the pasty and cover the outside with the egg wash.
10. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up and bake for about 20 minutes until browned.
Have a lovely day!