Sausage Rolls

Most people have particular foods they make during the holidays. For me, that’s Candy Cane Chocolate Chips Cookies and Sausage Rolls. I made the cookies during December, but never got around to making the Sausage Rolls. Since I had already bought the ingredients, I decided to just go ahead and make them a little late.

The ingredients are simple:

1 lb. of sausage

2 eggs

1/4 – 1/2 cup of flour

1 sheet of pie crust or puff pastry (I used pie crust this time)

First, mix the sausage and one egg in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Next, add 1/4 cup of flour and mix until incorporated.

You should end up with a sticky mixture. If it looks to wet, add a little more flour. You shouldn’t need more than 1/2 cup total. Set the sausage mixture aside.

Next, lay the dough out on a floured surface. You could always make a homemade dough, but I had the ready-made kind on hand already, so it just made sense to use it.

Roll the dough out in a square-ish shape until it’s fairly thin.

Then, cut it into three equal size strips.

Spread the sausage mixture evenly across all three strips. Place the other egg in a small dish and whip it into an egg wash. Brush the egg wash along one edge of the pastry to help seal it.

Roll the pastry around the sausage and cut thin diagonal slits in the top. Don’t worry if the pastry doesn’t completely cover all the sausage (like in the strip on the right). It’ll still bake up nicely.

Cut the strips into bite size pieces between the slits you made on the top. Place the pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the egg wash over the top to help them brown.

Place the baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through and the pastry is golden brown.

Allow the rolls to cool on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes.

Then, enjoy to your heart’s content. Be sure to cool them completely before storing in a container in the fridge. With the amount of ingredients I used and the number of rolls I made (28), it came out to 92 calories per roll. Not a low-cal snack, but certainly a delicious one.

I hope everyone’s year is still going great. See you next week.

Happy Baking!

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Baking Weather

It’s been raining for the past few days.

This weather makes me want to be warm and cozy inside, maybe snuggled up with some tea and a good book. It also makes me want to bake. I find myself in the baking mood more during fall and winter than spring or summer. It must be the weather, since the cooler it is, the more time we want to spend inside with the things that bring us comfort. I find myself returning to certain recipes year after year. Those recipes include: sausage rolls, chocolate chip candy cane cookies, and cobbler.

With the change in the weather I decided to break out a baking dish and do just that – make cobbler. Now, usually I would make peach or maybe blackberry cobbler, but all I had on hand was a can of strawberry pie filling. So, I made a strawberry cobbler. It turned out pretty good.

I didn’t follow a recipe, I just put the pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish and mixed up some Bisquick biscuit dough (with sugar to make it a bit sweeter) and poured that right over the top. I baked it at about 375 degrees for 35-45 mins, until the crust had cooked through. It was just a small cobbler. Perfect for the two of us.

Since then, I’ve bought a few more cans of fruit filling and plan to get my bake on. There’s just something so inviting about the smells of baking. It makes me happy.