Cousin Jacks Pasty Co is a family-owned bakery in Bondi Junction, dedicated to baking fresh and delicious pasties every day. With outdoor seating, Cousin Jacks allows for a casual dining experience in the sun. The bakery is rich in Cornish history; from its traditional pasties and cream teas to its decor.
Mark Bedford, owner of Cousin Jacks
Owner Mark and his father are extremely passionate about their pasty bakery. They love telling the story behind their brand and the history of Cornish cuisine. And on top of that they're also delightfully friendly - they treat everybody like family.
I'm here with my scone-loving girlfriend to try the Cornish Cream Tea that has just launched at Cousin Jacks this November. The Cornish Cream Tea will set you back $10, and you'll get a pot of traditional Cornish tea, called Smugglers Brew, that was brought in from England only days ago along with two homemade scones, cream and jam.
Freshly baked scones
The Cousin Jacks scones are baked fresh every morning. We try a plain and sultana scone with clotted cream and English strawberry jam. They're both beautifully fluffy, but I prefer the sultana scone. It's dotted with juicy sultanas, adding a bit of texture and a fruity sweetness.
After having a chat with Mark, we're completely enthralled by the history behind Cornish pasties. Mark kindly brings over a few pasties for us to try.
Here we are learning about Cornish pasties and cream teas
The traditional Cornish pasty is considered the national dish of Cornwall and has a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe, which demands that the traditional Cornish pasty is filled with beef, potato, swede, onion and seasoning. The ingredients are raw, and are slow-cooked inside the pastry when it is baked at a low temperature.
Cousin Jacks pasties
The PGI status also requires that the pasty is shaped like a D and crimped on one side. Even though the PGI status doesn't extend beyond Europe, Cousin Jacks follows the rules of a traditional Cornish pasty at their bakery. Classic in flavours, the filling reminds me of a hearty stew.
We're also fortunate enough to try two other variations of their pasty range: the lamb and mint pasty as well as the empanada. Both are wonderfully flavoursome and much more filling than we had anticipated.
All of Cousin Jacks baked goods boast quality ingredients, and their range is always changing with a new pasty of the month. There's also a great range of sweet pasties for dessert-lovers.
If you're keen to find out more about the history of the Cornish pasty, make sure you check the Cousin Jacks website.
I like that fact that a Cornish Pasty has PGI, but I watched a TV programme a few months ago that did highlight how it could be a bit silly at times. A man made two pastries on either side of the Cornish boarder. On the Cornish side he used meat from another county, but it was called a Cornish pasty because he was in Cornwall. He then move a few feet to the other side of the boarder, using Cornish meat, but it was not allowed to be called a Cornish pasty.