Puff Pastry Delights

I had such great plans for this weekend, starting firstly with getting the Christmas shopping kicked off! I had to work Saturday morning, which went on longer than planned, then the weather (which was sunny and windy) took a turn to wet and very windy.  The appeal of trudging around busy, festively decorated shops waned and I chickened out and stayed at home, lounging around catching up on my blog readings and drinking tea…bliss.

It came to teatime (since breakfast was more brunch meets afternoon tea) and we weren’t hugely hungry, so wanted something light.  In my earlier readings I had spotted a Jamie Oliver recipe on Florence Finds that looked very tasty.  So… I managed to pull together the ingredients to make them.. and they were yum!!

Sausage Rolls (from Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals)

Makes 20 mini rolls [Though I managed to get about 30]

  • 1 sheet of ready-made, ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 12 chipolata sausages
  • an egg, beaten
  • a teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • a chunk of parmesan
  • a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat oven to 220C and line a baking tray with parchment
  2. Unroll the pastry and cut it in two lengthwise so you’ve got two long rectangles.
  3. Brush both pieces of pastry with beaten egg
  4. Arrange six sausages down the middle of each rectangle
  5. Sprinkle over the fennel seeds and a hefty scattering of grated parmesan.
  6. Fold the pastry over the sausages to make two long rolls and squish down the seam with the tines of a fork to make a crimped pattern.
  7. Then brush the whole lot with beaten egg, scatter over the sesame seeds and cut each long roll into mini rolls.DSC_0352
  8. Cook for about 15 – 20 minutes or until goldenDSC_0360

We did take advantage of a short break in the terrible weather to make a break for the supermarket in order to get in supplies. One random purchase was a coffee grinder, something my husband has been threatening to buy for a long time.  I thought for a nice Sunday breakfast freshly ground coffee and warm pain au chocolate would hit the spot.  I have often thought about making these but the pastry is a bit fiddly and time consuming to make. DSC_0369

However in the fridge bit of the supermarket I spied this little box of yumminess.  Now I don’t usually go for things like this but it is kind of halfway between baking them and buying them ready made.  The dough comes in a tube which is a little bit awkward to unwrap, and then there a little sticks of chocolate which can be tempting to nibble at when making! They couldn’t be easier to make, the pastry was already perforated in the right size pieces, you just separate, add the chocolate and roll. Easy Peasy! You put them in the oven for about 12 minutes, which gives you time to grind the coffee beans and get the cafetiere ready!

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Perfect start to a Sunday DSC_0385

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