I love sausage rolls. I have roll in my surname and warm sausage rolls are one of those perfect Christmas treats or for family picnics like I had today. I’ve tried the ones from M&S before and they are really yum but nothing really beats a homemade sausage roll – fresh from the oven and made with your own two hands.
I’ve heard some amazing reviews of the Silly Yak gluten free pastry before but never had a chance to use it and happily found out that it was stocked within my local Tesco and for only £1.75 – I thought it was a really great price. I mean, that’s not too far off what normal chilled pastry costs for other big name brands. I have used frozen options previously but found that sometimes you have to overly plan and sometimes you just fancy a sausage roll!
One tip that I read about was putting the pastry into the freezer for a few mins before rolling it out to keep it extra cold – the colder, the better for this one. You also need to really not overwork it as it will lose it’s puffiness when it cooks so you do need a plan of what you’re going to use it for before you start so you limit the amount of times you roll it out.
I made the decision to make basic sausage rolls to give it a try out properly. I split the pastry into two and kept one in the freezer whilst I worked using the other half. I also used Heck sausages, which are a massive favourite of mine and I have been for them for a good few years since they launched. The meat is of great quality and the taste is impeccable – not something you find every day.
Three sausages per half of pastry block sealed with a little bit of water and ready to go on the tray:
Almost forgot to glaze them before they went in! But managed to get an egg wash on and these are the final product:
I gave my non-gluten intolerant other half one to try and he thought they were great! Honestly, it’s the best sausage roll that I’ve tried since I’ve gone gluten-free. The pastry was really light and crispy and cooked really well. I then feed some to my family who couldn’t believe that they were ‘Anna friendly’!
I am definitely going to experiment some more with other pastry based recipes with these as it didn’t feel ‘gluten free’ and the price is really reasonable in comparison to other normal gluten-free products.