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Perfect sausage rolls

Sausages rolls always go down well in my house. When we have visitors round I always make sure I have a fresh batch cooked ready for us to snack on. The children love them, and the adults love them even more, they are so easy to make that they literally take no time at all to make.

What I love about this recipe that I use is the versatility and thousands of adaptations you can make to make something individual and amazing. This is such an easy recipe that I even let my little girl help me make them as she loves to help me in the kitchen, she has now got to the point where she needs very little supervision to be able to put the sausage rolls together, and she absolutely loves it!

Ingredients

1 pack of ready to roll puff pastry (or make your own)

1lb Sausage meat – I got mine from the local butchers which he infused with herbs and spices to make the sausage rolls extra tasty.

1x egg beaten – for glazing the sausage rolls

Optional Ingredients

  • Grated Cheese
  • Grated Apple
  • Sage (fresh or dried)
  • Sesame Seeds (for topping)
  • Chilli Paste

You can literally add anything you like with your sausage meat to make something truly special. Theses are just a few examples of things we have tested in our kitchen. (not all ingredients at once). So experiment and have fun with it, even make a little competition with your children on who can come up with the best fillings for a Sausage Roll. I love to make cooking fun and involving my daughter and her friends in the baking and cooking which happens in my house.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line baking tin with greaseproof paper
  3. roll out the puff pastry
  4. Place small amount of sausage meat (and any other ingredients desired), along the long edge of the pastry.
  5. gently roll the pastry and meat mixture to create the classic sausage roll shape.
  6. Cut remaining pastry to reuse later
  7. Slice the long sausage roll into desired lengths, I got 6 sausage rolls out of this first piece.
  8. Place onto baking tray
  9. repeat with left over pastry
  10. Slice the top of each sausage roll, to allow steam to escape (see picture for example)
  11. Brush each roll with egg (called egg wash) and place into oven

It usually takes about 20-30 mins to cook thoroughly.

These Sausage Rolls are best eaten when still warm, there is nothing quite like the taste of them warm compared to cold. They should last a couple of days in the fridge (although they don’t last 5 minutes in my house).

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do (and my best friend), let me know how you get on if you do try it out!

Much Love xx

Enjoy!!

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Breakfast Pancakes – American Style

A little treat for a weekend breakfast. We serve this up in various different ways, banana and syrup, bacon and egg, or sometimes even just a knob of butter with a fruit salad at the side.

However you decide to serve up these pancakes they are always a great treat for anyone to have for breakfast. Especially on pancake day!

I only started making these as a little experiment after going away to San Diego and having pancakes for breakfast for the first time ever. I was so excited by what I had tasted and experienced that I wanted to try and recreate it when we got back home. The first few tries were terrible, but I finally managed to get a recipe that works for me and now this is something that I do as a treat once in a while.

Ingredients

  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 30g of melted butter slightly cooled

How to Make

Firstly you need a large bowl to mix the ingredients in and a frying pan, make sure you have a plate ready at the side as you will need this to stack the pancakes on once they have been cooked.

  1. Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl, make a well in the centre.
  2. beat in the 2 eggs then add the milk and melted butter.
  3. mix well – I use my electric whisk to make sure there are no lumps.
    • alternatively you could add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz, unfortunately I don’t own one so do it the hard way.
  4. melt some butter in the frying pan
  5. add a small amount of mixture to the pan and fry on both sides (watch my video for how I do this)
  6. once cooked put onto a plate to the side and repeat until all mixture has been used.
  7. serve with toppings of your choice and a nice cup of tea or coffee.

This easy recipe is great for a little treat here and there and I usually make this when we have a big day planned or if we are celebrating something, like a birthday. I love to make this for breakfast on pancake day as they are ever so slightly different to the pancakes I make for desert.

I hope you enjoy making these – and please let me know what toppings you add to your pancakes for breakfast.

Much love x

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Raisin Flapjacks

Raising flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great treat for any family, and you can make them anyway you like. I added raisins to this batch that I made, but you could have them plain, or add anything that you desire into them such as dried mixed fruit or chocolate chips. I even tried making it using granola breakfast cereal once and that was delish.

The gooey centre and crisp outside is a sensation for little fingers and big alike. My daughter loves to make these and get covered in golden syrup and flour (as all toddlers do) and can’t refuse to help when she sees the ingredients on the side, and have a taste of one or two of them haha.

so here is all you need to know about how to make this simple flapjack:

Ingredients

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • 100g Raisins (or mixed fruit)
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup (or honey as an alternative)

you could change any of these ingredients to something else, for example you could use 200g of granola cereal instead of adding oats and fruit separately.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a tin ready to turn the ingredients out onto. put to one side.
  2. mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. melt butter and golden syrup together until completely melted.
  4. once melted add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix until completely covered
  5. turn the mixture into the oven dish and make sure it is all of an even thickness. (if you want to make cookies instead, make little balls out of the mixture and put onto a baking tray at an equal distance, don’t flatten as they will do this in the cooking process)
  6. Place in oven for approx 15 mins or until golden.
  7. take out of the oven but leave in the tray until cool. whilst warm cut into squares or rectangles.
  8. once cool they are ready to eat! yum yum x

I hope you have as much fun making these as I did with Isabelle. These make such a nice snack or even a lovely homemade present for someone (I know what i’m doing for some xmas presents haha)

If you attempt these I would love to see pictures and know what you changed if you changed anything, but these are so simple they are great for a first time baker or even just a little baker who is wanting to do something on a rainy day.

Don’t forget to watch my Youtube how to, to see how I made these and more info about these super yummy and easy snacks

enjoy xx