Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Better than Shop Bought

Writing my post the other day about bread and the superority of homemade pittas has lead me to think about other things that are better when home made. Don't get me wrong I'm not a complete 'cook it from scratch' junky, for example I'm rather partial to curly fries, fish fingers and Hellman's mayonnaise.  But cakes and puddings, pies and pizza made with real dough are nearly always better when home made.  However they do require some investment in time so again shop bought alternatives sneak through (including the Co-op's rather lovely lemon cupcakes!).

Home made sausage rolls vs. their shop bought equivalent is a no brainer.   They're quick and easy and can be prepared in no time even by my willing seven year old helper. Just take a pack of your favourite sausages and a pack of puff pastry.  All butter is best but can be difficult to source outside the Christmas period (as can, to Tesco's shame, filo pastry in Minehead but that's another story). 

Skin the sausages and take the meat out.  Roll out the puff pastry and then roll the sausages between you hands to make them longer! Pop on the pastry and then fold the pastry over to enclose the meat.  Brush the edge with milk to seal.    Then cut to size, pierce with a fork and use a bit more milk on top of each individual sausage roll.  Bake at Gas Mark 6 or 200 degrees until golden and crispy.

This might not be the thriftiest of recipes when good sausages and puff pastry is used but the difference between eating real meat and pink gloop is no contest!

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