Yorkshire Recipes


Stanbury Pasty

Here’s an old recipe from Stanbury, a hamlet a mile or so from Haworth in Bronte Country.  It makes a rich  sweet jam-filled pastry. I can imagine this was a real tea-time treat in its heyday.


  • 8 oz (225g) plain flour
  • 4 oz (113g) butter
  • 3 oz (75g) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A little milk
  • Jam for the filling


  1. Rub the butter into the sifted flour and baking powder, and stir in the sugar.
  2. Add the beaten egg with enough milk to make a firm light dough
  3. Divide the flour into four and roll out each piece on a floured board to a circle about 6-8″ across.
  4. Spread two of the pastry circles with jam, not quite to the edges, and cover with remaining circles
  5. Seal the edges and bake the pastries in a hot oven for about 20 minutes.  Serve cold, cut into wedges.

Source: Victoria Wright (1981) A Haworth Kitchen. Recipes from the home of the Brontes.  ISBN 0903775123


Optional:  For an extra treat, you can also spread an layer of icing on top, with a ring of coconut spread around the edge.

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