1/2 lrg onion
1 ml thyme
250 ml ground beef
1 ml pepper
2 ml salt
50 ml bread crumbs
2 ml curry powder
125 ml water
250 ml all-purpose flour
1 ml turmeric
5 ml baking powder
75 ml shortening
2 ml curry powder
25 ml butter
1 ml salt
75 ml cold water
NOTE: the 75 ml shortening and 25 ml butter may be replaced with 100
ml of Golden Crisco [yellow label package]. If you like spicy food,
you may want to add chopped fresh chili pepper the way most Jamaicans
Peel the onion; then chop it into small pieces. Place
it in a frying pan with the ground beef and cook over medium heat until
the meat is browned, about 5-10 minutes. Stir the meat frequently.
Add the salt, curry powder, thyme and pepper. Cook and
stir for 1 minute. Add the bread crumbs and stir; then add the water.
Cook over low heat for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture should not be
watery. Set aside. Measure the flour, baking powder, curry powder, salt
and turmeric into a large bowl.
Add the shortening and butter (or substitute), cutting
them into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 knives until
Add the cold water, stirring with a fork until you have
a ball of dough formed. Divide it into 8 equal portions and set aside.
Set the oven to 180 C (350 F). You'll need a small glass
of water and about 50 ml of flour to assemble the patties.
Sprinkle a little flour (about 15 ml) on a wooden board
and on the rolling pin. Take one portion of dough and flatten it between
your hands; then roll it out to a thin circle about 16 cm in diameter.
Space a scoop (40-50 ml) of the meat mixture on the pastry
circle. Dip your fingers into the glass of water and moisten the edges
of the dough.
Fold the circle in half, covering the meat, and press the edges together
with a fork. (The TV advertised patty presses work well for this
You now have a half-moon shape that can be trimmed cleanly
with a knife if the edges are a little ragged. Prick through the top
crust of the
patty with a fork and place the patty on a baking sheet. Continue making
the rest of the patties in the same manner, sprinkling more flour on
the board if the dough begins to stick.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the crust is cooked
and lightly browned. Serve hot or cold.