Saturday, 18 April 2015

Holiday afternoon teas with our buddies

All too soon the school holidays have drawn to a close. As teachers we love school holidays. We've had some lovely family times, completed a couple of projects, and caught up with some of the friends we don't see during the busy school term. As per tradition we made tasty afternoon teas for our guests. This is my delicious Chocolate Mud Cake with Toffee Frosting. The cake is super easy to make and the toffee frosting makes a nice change from butter cream. It's a good keeper, so if like us you have multiple groups coming, one big cake will last 2 to 3 days and many hungry people.

I also made this popular favourite, Sticky Lemon Slice, as well as Panforte (recipe to be blogged soon).

These are a super Simple Sausage Roll recipe that are perfect for whipping up when time is short. The recipe is simple enough for the children to easily help with its making. We've made them a nice dainty size for little hands. They can be either refrigerated or frozen once assembled, then quickly cooked when required. 

Simple Sausage Rolls

1 x 450g tube of sausage meat
1 small onion, finely sliced
1 peeled and grated carrot
1 egg
2 slices of bread - blitzed into crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
1 egg extra for glazing

Preheat the oven to 200deg. C. and line a baking sheet with baking paper. 

In a large bowl combine the meat, diced onion, grated carrot, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and cumin. Stir well to combine. 

Cut each pastry sheet in half, spoon the sausage mixture evenly along the centre of each rectangle of pastry and smooth out. 

Use a pastry brush and water to dampen one side of the pastry. Roll the pastry over the filling. The water will seal it together.

Beat the extra egg, and using the pastry brush again, glaze the tops of the sausage rolls. 

Cut each rectangular into individual sausage rolls - each about 3cm long. 

Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. 

Leave the sausage rolls for a few minutes to cool a little before transferring to a serving platter. 

It has been lovely to see all our friends and relations. Our Little Miss has been missing small company, and it's hard to believe that 6 years of motherhood has flashed by. Happy days xx 

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