I made these sausage rolls for a picnic recently, and they went down really well. They are super easy and quick to make, and will please hardened meat-eating sausage roll lovers. The uncooked mixture looks bland and boring but it somehow transforms into really meaty (but not in a gross faux-meat kind of way) sausage rolls. Serve slightly warm with tomato sauce, although they’re also good when cold and part of a picnic.
I got this recipe from this website, and added a few of my own touches.
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 125 g pecans, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
- 1 ½ tsp crushed garlic
- 3 T soy sauce
- 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
- 1 T worcestershire sauce
- 250 g chunky cottage cheese
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 3 rolls of ready-made puff pastry
- 2 beaten egg yolks
Heat the oven to 220C.
Combine all the filling ingredients.
You can either make mini sausage rolls or a couple of big ones that you can cut up after cooking. Small ones are good for taking on a picnic.
Cover a baking tray with baking paper and roll out sheet of puff pastry onto it. For big rolls, cut the puff pastry in half lengthways. Fill one vertical half of each rectangle with filling, and then wet the edges of the half with filling with a bit of water. Fold over the other half of the rectangle on top and seal closed by pushing down on the edges with a fork. Repeat with the other rectangle and other rolls of pastry. Make a couple of slashes with a knife on top of each roll, and brush over with beaten egg.
For small rolls, cut small rectangles. Fill one vertical half with filling, wet the edges of that half and pull the other half on top, sealing the edges with a fork. Make a couple of slashes on each roll and brush egg over.
Bake the rolls at 220C for 20 minutes.
Rusks are basically a South African version of biscotti – hard twice-baked biscuits. Rusks evolved as a way to preserve bread and were eaten on long journeys by South Africa’s early pioneers. Because rusks are hard, they are usually eaten after being dipped into tea or coffee.
This is my aunt Ginny’s recipe for seedy, nutty breakfast rusks. I don’t usually like rusks very much, but I love these.
- 6 cups white flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 7 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 cups all bran flakes
- 1 cup chopped pecan nuts (optional)
- 500 ml buttermilk or plain yoghurt
- 250 ml oil
- 300 g butter
- 3 free-range eggs
Mx all the dry ingredients together.
Melt butter and allow to cool.
Beat the eggs.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together to make a dough. Divide the dough in half and flatten in two roasting pans that have been lined with tinfoil and greased. Cut the dough into rusk-sized shapes before placing the tins inside the oven to cook for 1 hour at 160 C.
Once cooked, the rusks need to be lifted and placed upright in the roasting pan and returned to the oven at 100 C for a further 2 hours. Turn off the oven and leave the rusks in there overnight so that they are able to dry out well.
I’ve tried to come up with a healthy(ish) chocolate brownie recipe and this is the result. It’s dark and chocolatey, not too sweet and not oily. I love chilli with everything, and of course it goes so well with dark chocolate. Here it gives the brownies a slight kick, but if you are afraid of heat you can leave it out. I’ve used Lindt dark chocolate here – try and use good quality dark chocolate, as it really makes a difference.
- 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped roughly
- 120 g butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 4 free-range eggs
- 3 T agave nectar or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 100g chopped walnuts
- 10 pitted dates, chopped
- 3 T plain yoghurt
Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave on a low heat, stirring often so as not to overcook. Mix well to combine, and then add the sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, agave or honey and yoghurt. Stir in the dates.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and chilli powder. Fold into the wet mixture. Mix in the walnuts.
Pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes. Check that the brownies are done by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean, they are ready.