Ann and I went to boarding school together. Translation: we went through hell together. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, I found her again, in North Carolina. I have a sneaking suspicion that Ann went to cookery school, so her recipe for Sausage Rolls makes me particularly giddy. Serve with Heinz Baked Beans for a real nursery supper.
Quick Flaky Pastry
8oz (225g) Plain Flour
6oz (175g) Butter
Cold water to mix
freeze the butter, then dip it into the flour and then grate it on a
coarse grater into the flour. Keep dipping the butter in the flour to
make it easier to grate.
At the end you will be left with a pile of
grated butter in the middle of the flour, so take a palette knife and
start to distribute it into the flour (don't use your hands) coating
all the pieces of butter until the mixture is crumbly. Next add enough
chilled water to form a dough that leaves the bowl clean, using your
hands to bring it all gently together. Put the dough in a Ziploc bag and
chill for 30 mins in fridge.
1lb sausage meat
1 medium grated onion
(I use Jimmy Dean Premium pork sausage with sage)
you are ready to make the sausage rolls mix the sausagemeat and onion
together. Then roll out the pastry on a floured surface to form an
oblong shape (as thin as you can). Cut this oblong into 3 strips and
divide the sausagemeat also into 3, making 3 long rolls the same length
as the strips of pastry(if it gets sticky roll it in some flour).
one roll of sausage meat on to one strip of pastry. Brush with beaten
egg along one edge., then fold the pastry over and seal it as carefully
as possible. Lift the whole thing up and and turn it so the sealed edge
is underneath. Press lightly, and cut into individual rolls each about 2
inches long. Snip 3 v shapes in the top of each roll with scissors and
brush with beaten egg. Repeat with all this with the other portions.
the rolls on on a baking sheet and bake high in a 400F oven for about
20-25 mins. These freeze very well if you want to cook them later. I like
to have a stash in the freezer ready to cook.