Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI
I graduated from University of Madison in 1990. At that time, there was a place at the top of State Street by the Capitol that specialized in making coal miner's pastries that stayed hot for long periods-- they were kind of like a calzone.
Does anyone remember what these were called, or what the place was called? I'm interested in trying to reproduce these.
I'm responding from the Detroit area. I think what you're referring to are actually called pasties, not pastries. They were meats and vegetables wrapped in a pastry dough and baked. You are correct; they served as meals for the miners. They were sometimes heated up by placing on a shovel held over a miner's lamp. I think they were originated by the Welch miners but I'm not sure.
They are very popular here in Michigan, especially in the Upper Penninsula which is rich in mining history.
Hope this helps.