Wednesday, 19 November 2008
More Birthday pics and Sausage Rolls
As I said in my previous post, my son turned 7 on the 15th. I posted about his cake before the rest of the family came over and before he cut the cake. The Lovely Wife made Sausage Rolls as well as some Fried Noodles but we'll save the noodles for another post. This post will focus on the Sausage Rolls as well as pictures of the 'Cake Cutting Ceremony'.
We normally dont have the time to take a nice family picture with the cake but this time we made sure we did.
Sometimes, you overlook the minor details and this is what happened. I forgot to check for birthday candles but fortunately there was one left so Michael had to make do with one candle rather than the seven that should hve been on the cake!
I had expected him to want to cut right through the 'faces' of the Transformers but he surprised me by cutting his cake on one corner instead. He did make many cuts though...!
Now on to the sausage rolls. To say they were a hit would be a slight understatement. Everyone loved them, most of all my little princess!
The rolls are based on the recipe from Taste.com.au with very minor changes. The Lovely Wife increased the breadcrumbs a little and used pork sausages only. She also precooked the sausages before hand just to make sure the meat would be properly cooked. This is the recipe as stated in Taste.com.au:
1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
80ml (1/3 cup) milk
500g pork and veal or chicken and herb sausages
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 egg, plus 1 egg extra, lightly beaten
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed
Sesame seeds, to sprinkle
Tomato sauce (ketchup), to serve
Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl and set aside until milk is absorbed. Remove casings from sausages and place in a food processor with crumbs, onion and egg. Process until well combined, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill.
Place a sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut horizontally into two. Spoon a quarter of the mixture along the centre of each piece of pastry. Fold over a long side of pastry, brush with egg, then fold other side over to enclose, slightly overlapping in the centre, and make a long sausage shape. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling to make 4 rolls.
Place rolls, seam side down, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour until firm.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper. Carefully diagonally cut each roll into seven. Brush with remaining egg and place on baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to make 2 small slits on top of each roll (to prevent rolls from splitting) and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve warm with the tomato sauce.
This is definitely something we would make again. Very simple to do and yet somthing that seemed to impress everyone. No one expected these lovely rolls to be homemade - and that made The Lovely wife extremely happy!!