Bring the taste of the Caribbean home with this Jamaican Beef Patties recipe. How to make homemade patty pastry with turmeric and curry powder added to give it that authentic golden colour and tasty crust. Packed full with the best Jamaican style spicy minced beef filling. Cheese is optional. Can be made large or mini and easy to prepare ahead of time ready to reheat. Or freeze for a tasty snack another day.
1teaspoonGia Chilli Puree2 medium chillies (Jalepeno/Serrano) or 1 hot chilli (Habanero/Scotch Bonnet)
2teaspoonGaram Masalasubstitute with any blend of curry powder
1teaspoonFresh Thymesubstitute ½ teaspoon dried thyme
190mlStock we used 1 beef stock cube
Grated Cheese (optional)to add to filling
Put all Pastry ingredients (except the water) in a food processor and tap the pulse button to slowly incorporate the butter into the flour. If doing by hand rub butter into flour until it represents fine breadcrumbs, try to work as quick as possible to avoid butter melting
Finally add dried/fresh thyme and stock. Place lid on and leave to simmer for 15 minutes whilst you cut out pastry.
190 ml Stock, 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme
Preheat oven to 180°C fan/ 200°C/ 400°F / Gas Mark 6.Remove pastry from fridge, flour surface and roll out very thin.
Use a saucer/small plate (about 17cm diameter) to cut around the pastry. Re-roll remaining pastry until all used up, you should have 5-6 circles. Or you could use smaller plates and create smaller patties?!
Now put rolled out circles on to there own bit of parchment paper and add 2-3 tablespoon of beef mixture in the middle
Grated Cheese (optional)
Use finger to dap the outer circle with water
Fold pastry over the mince and use a fork to crimp the edges together
Whisk egg with water and brush on pastry to glaze. For a flat pastry fork a hole in the top. For a puffed-up pastry (as I like them) leave out the hole!
1 Egg, 2 tablespoon Water
Place all completed patties on to a tray (or two) and cook in the 180°C fan/ 200°C/ 400°F / Gas Mark 6 oven for 20-25 minutes.