Pasty Heritage

The Pasty was first mentioned in historical records from the reign of Henry III. By the 1700s it was established as a Cornish food eaten by working families, made using potatoes, swede and onion. Meat was added later. Miners took this portable, convenient food to their hearts. Its size and shape made it easy to carry, the pastry case insulated the contents and it was sufficiently tough to survive rough handling. The distinctive crimped edge protected the miners, who would discard it along with poisonous dust from their hands. The Cornish Pasty was awarded protected geographic status in 2011 (PGI). Warrens Bakery and Simply Cornish lie at the heart of this story, based on our famous recipe, handed down through the generations since 1860.