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Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI

jeneff Mar 14, 2010 11:12 AM

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.

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    SonyBob Mar 14, 2010 12:30 PM

    Hi Jeneff
    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.

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    1. re: SonyBob
      momskitchen Mar 19, 2010 01:55 PM

      I have a great recipe for U.P. style pasty on my blog if you would like to check it out. My blog is motherskitchen.blogspot.com and just use the search function to find it. Putting a link to it directly is against the chowhound policy - they'd prefer bloggers not do that.

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        jeneff May 28, 2010 11:27 AM

        Thank you! I will try your recipe.

    2. itsbubbles Mar 14, 2010 12:59 PM

      Myles Teddywedgers is the place you're thinking of. One of these items is called a pasty (that's what I would Google for recipes).

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        jeneff Mar 14, 2010 05:38 PM

        That's it! Teddywedgers-- couldn't pull that out of my hat for the life of me. Thank you!

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        jeneff Mar 14, 2010 05:41 PM

        Thank you for your thoughts-- yes, Welch origin sounds right. Armed with this info, hopefully now I will be able to find recipes for them on the web.

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          Anne Mar 14, 2010 06:47 PM

          They are usually called CORNISH pasties, believed to have originated in Cornwall, England. Here's more than you ever wanted ot know about them:

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            SonyBob Mar 14, 2010 08:18 PM

            That sounds more like it now that you mention it. I knew it was from "over there" someplace but my memory isn''t very good. I just always felt sorry for the poor miners and their wives and families. What a horrible way to work and wait.

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