Fred's tips

Do chill your butter in the freezer for 30 minutes beforehand - this will make it easier to work into the recipe. Freezing - you can freeze your uncooked sausage rolls and simply bake from frozen allowing an extra 10 minutes cooking time. Open freeze (on a tray without any cover) and then once frozen pack into a bag or box. Or freeze cooked ones, defrost and serve cold or refresh in a hot oven for 5 minutes. Flavour ideas: For different flavours of sausage roll; Try using different types of sausages eg Cumberland or Lincolnshire to vary the flavour. Finely diced chorizo would be a good substitute for the bacon. Add in 1tsp smoked paprika instead of the sage for a deliciously smokey sausage roll.

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    Prep Time: Min
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    Cooking Time: Min
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    Difficulty: Medium
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    Makes: Makes about 12 sausage rolls

Ingredients

  • For the Pastry:
  • 150g Homepride plain flour pluls extra for dusting
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 100g butter chilled in the freezer 30 minutes before you make the recipe
  • About 4 tbsps ice cold water
  • 1 egg - beaten for sealing and glazing
  • For the sausage filling:
  • 400g of your favourite, good quality sausages
  • 50g smoked, streaky bacon
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Tbsp chopped thyme leaves
  • Tbsp chopped sage leaves
  • Ground black pepper
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Method

  1. To make the pastry; combine the flour, salt and mustard powder in a large bowl. Grate the butter over the bowl and use a round ended knife to mix it into the flour.  Adding a little water begin to mix the dough using the knife.  Add further water to bring the pastry together with your fingers.  Roll gently into a ball, wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Slit the skins of the sausages and squeeze the meat into a bowl. Discard the skins.  Add the bacon, lemon zest, nutmeg, herbs and pepper and mix together using wet hands.
  3. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/220C/gas mark 7. Dust the work surface with flour and roll out the pastry to a rectangle approximately 20cmx40cm then divide in 2 lengthways, so you have 2 strips 10cm x 40cm.  Divide the sausage meat into 2 lengths to fit the pastry and place slightly off centre.  Brush the egg wash along one edge and roll the pastry over the meat.  Press the edges together with the prongs of a fork to seal.  Cut the lengths into 6,  place on a lightly greased baking tray and brush all over with the egg wash.  Prick the top of the rolls with a fork to let out the steam whilst cooking and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and puffed up.  Tempting though it is to eat them straight from the oven, cool slightly before devouring and if there are any left store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.