Thursday, 8 January 2009

vegan "sausage" rolls and vegie rolls

I used to love sausage rolls. They're one of those things you love as a kid, they're essential at parties (along with the ubiquitous party pies and delicious fairy bread), with their flaky pastry. They're available at every tuck shop and canteen, and just about every bakery. Where I work, they're also essential when you're putting on morning tea, even if morning tea is at 09:30.

vegan "sausage" rolls

Having had an excellent start to the new month regarding new techniques and things, and casting about for something to make for dinner, I thought I'd give these two recipes a go, Cindy's vegan sausage rolls and Vegetation's veggie rolls.

I stuck moderately closely to the recipes, unsure how they were going to turn out. With Cindy's recipe I had to skip the bread crumbs, as I didn't discover until my return home that the bread was mouldy (yuck!). I didn't quite have 125g of pecans (and they were a bit soft and stale), and I probably only used half a (red) onion. I also used fresh garlic rather than ground. I bamixed as well as I could, given my eyes started watering, then rolled the most gigantic rolls ever and sat them on a baking tray in the fridge whilst I prepared the other rolls.

With the vegie rolls, I skipped the corn kernels, which D loathes, and used only half an onion. As an egg replacement I used a few spoonfuls of apple sauce. Waiting for it to cool was the worst bit, knowing that I had all these sausage rolls waiting to be baked.

Used the borg's puff pastry for all of these, brushing them with some soy milk and sprinkling poppy seeds on the top. I baked them all together (two trays worth) at about 225C for 40 minutes or so.

D enjoyed the vegie rolls the best, whilst I am undecided. The sausage rolls were pretty awesome, but they did have a certain disturbingly "meaty" quality to them, which we found a bit disconcerting. But I would be happy to make both of these again in the future, they weren't too difficult and I love making things using puff pastry.


Cindy said...

I love Borg's puff pastry! It tastes as good as any store-bought butter-based version, I reckon.

Glad you gave these a shot. I think the 'meatiness' of the recipe is what's won them as many omni fans as they have veg*n.

Vegetation said...

I'm glad you liked them :) I love that pastry, mmmmm (I love puff pastry full stop!).

I'll definitely have to try Cindy's sort!

Amira said...

i use to love sausage rolls, there all i would eat when everyone else reached for meat pies. Anyway yours look spectacular, so delicious!

Theresa said...

I just made "sausage" rolls for the first time a few weeks ago... I used lentils for the filling. I've never had an animal-based sausage roll so I don't have much to compare to, but anything wrapped in puff pastry is a winner in my books.

a vegan about town said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for blogging about these in the first place! I've been on the lookout for a good sausage roll recipe for a while, so it was great to give these a go. I think this is a recipe I'll pull out for meat eaters, to see how they rate it. :o)

(And I love Borg's pastry, it's great)

a vegan about town said...

Hey vegetation, the rolls were really great, thanks for sharing them! At first I was a bit wary of the fact that they were so small, but eating them today (for lunch) I was struck by what a great size they are!

a vegan about town said...

Amira, definitely give them a go, they were delicious!

Theresa, I agree that anything wrapped in puff pastry is a winner, I love puff pastry. I'm intrigued by the idea of lentils in it, did you cook them for ages to make them sort of bind together, or did you add something else?

VegHead said...

What is "borg's puff pastry"???


a vegan about town said...

Hi Veg Head - Borg's is a brand, they just happen to make a great and vegan puff pastry.

VegHead said...

Oh...thanks. It sounded like the name of a blogger I guess.

Does it come in a cube shape?

a vegan about town said...

A square pack. You can find them in Woolies/Safeway in the freezer section.