The vegetable filling for these pasties is made from a mix of grated and finely chopped vegetables which can include grated carrot, finely chopped sweet potato, butternut squash, potato. Chickpea or plain flour binds the vegetables together as the mixture can get wet during baking and make soggy pastry.
Add some frozen peas for colour and extra protein and flavour the vegetables with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
The pastry is glazed with a little oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds for protein.
For speed you can use a pack of ready made, ready rolled shortcrust pastry which makes 4 small pasties.
Makes 2 pasties
140 g plain flour 70g vegetarian fat suitable for vegans 1-2 tablespoons water Pinch of salt
Vegetable Filling Choose a range of vegetables to make up to 120g – grated carrot, finely chopped sweet potato, butternut squash, potato Small piece finely chopped onion 20g 20 g frozen peas Pinch mixed herbs Salt and pepper 1 tsp sesame or flax seeds Oil for brushing pastry
Method Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ Gas 6. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking parchment. Make the pastry by rubbing in the fat into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Mix with cold water and form into a dough. If time, wrap in clingfilm and chill. Prepare the filling by mixing the grated and finely chopped vegetables. Mix in salt, pepper and mixed herbs and stir in the chickpea or plain flour Divide the pastry into 2 pieces and roll out into 15-17 cm squares or 15cm diameter circles. Roll between 2 pieces of non-stick paper or roll on a floured surface. The non-stick paper can be used to line the baking tray. Put about 70g of the filling in the centre of each square or circle, damp the edges with water and fold over to seal. Squeeze the edges together with thumbprints or mark with a fork. Brush with a little oil to glaze the pastry and sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and the vegetables have softened. Leave to cool slightly before tasting.
Seasoning tips – Vegetable fillings for pies and pasties need careful seasoning. Try using smoked paprika, curry powder, cumin, coriander and celery salt to add flavour.
Adding extra protein This pastie has a lower protein content than a meat or cheese pastie. Add protein ingredients to improve the nutritional value by including beans, cooked lentils or chickpeas. Crunchy peanut butter adds flavour, texture and protein to these pasties and tomato ketchup binds the vegetables, adding flavour.
Skills – pastry making, grating and chopping vegetables finely, rolling pastry and sealing.
Classroom issues Tips on working with large classes in one hour or less practical session.
Buy a selection of vegetables that students can use for fillings. Use ready made pastry either bought in or made in another session. Students can work in pairs, one preparing pastry and the other vegetables. Vegetables need to be very finely chopped/ diced to make sure they cook through in the baking time, so sharp knives are essential. Several pasties can be cooked in a hot oven at the same time if using 3 oven racks. Using nonstick parchment paper – this saves flouring the worksurface and cleaning up time. The paper can be used to line the baking tray.
Food waste – roll out the pastry into squares or circles without cutting into shapes to avoid pastry wastage. Vegetables such as carrots can be scrubbed instead of peeling.
Add colour to the plate when serving the pasties by adding some coleslaw, tomato salsa or home made chutney.