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The Coal Miner's Fast Food - Cornish Pasties

1 lb flour (450 g)
5 ounces lard (140g) or 5 ounces shortening (140g)
1 pinch salt
water, to mix
1 lb lean beef (450g)
1 lb potato (450g)
1 lb swede (450g)
1 small onion
1 ounce butter (30 g OR 2 tablespoons)
pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
1 Pre heat oven to 400 F (200 C) (gas mark 6).
2 Rub the shortening into the flour and salt and add just enough water to make a firm pastry dough.
3 Divide the pastry into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece out until is about 7 inches (18 cm) around. Cut the meat into small very cubes, removing all of the fat.
4 Cut the potatoes, swede and onion into very small pieces and add to the meat. Place 1/4 of the mixture into the centre of each of the pastry circles and add salt and pepper to taste. Top each with 1/4 of the butter.
5 Use a little water to dampen the edges of the pastry and bring the sides of the pastry circle up to meet each other so that the weight of the filling flattens out the bottom a little and you can crimp the edges together at the top.
6 Pinch the edges firmly together and the result will look like a little pie with a Mohawk !
7 Cook on a floured baking tray for 45 minutes.

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