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Christina Martin's Quick Puff Pastry Recipe

Homemade Puff Pastry Photo : Jackie Cameron

Homemade Puff Pastry
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Christina Martin's Quick Puff Pastry

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Rich, hearty pies with homemade quick puff pastry always excite me. This recipe is so easy. There is no reason to ever buy a commercial, ready-to-make roll. The rich, buttery aromas and flavours of homemade puff, from the minute the heat of the oven hits the pastry, are incomparable.

Ingredients :

  • 1kg cake flour
  • 15ml salt
  • 1kg unsalted butter
  • 500ml iced water

Method :

  1. Sift the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the centre, have the butter out of the fridge for 15 minutes and cut into small dice.
  2. Put the butter together with the salt into the well in the centre of the flour.
  3. With your fingers, quickly work the ingredients together, gradually working the flour with your left hand.
  4. When the butter becomes very small and half squashed and grainy, pour in the iced water and incorporate it into the pastry.
  5. Do not knead it and stop working it as soon as the pastry comes together but still contains flakes of butter.

Rolling :

  1. Lightly flour a pre-chilled area and roll out the pastry into a 40x 20cm rectangle.
  2. Fold into thirds and turn this to the right (if you were looking at this as a book) so the spine is on the left side.
  3. Roll out again and then re-fold into thirds.
  4. Wrap and chill in the fridge for 20 min.
  5. Roll into desired shape and rest for a further 20min before baking at 220ᵒC.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713
jackie@hartford.co.za
www.hartford.co.za
www.jackiecameron.co.za

Mini Sausage Rolls Recipe

Mini Sausage Rolls Photo : Jackie Cameron

Mini Sausage Rolls
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Mini Sausage Rolls Recipe

Mini Sausage Rolls are appropriate for most occasions. The crispy outer crust of puff pastry filled with a freshly chopped garlic, oregano and juicy sausage mixture is a tantalising savoury option.

Yields : 24 small portions

Ingredients :

1x 400g Puff Pastry

1 packet (450-500g) Pork Sausage

3 cloves Garlic

1 sprig fresh Rosemary

Salt and Pepper

1 whole Egg

Method :

1) Spray n cook a tray and set aside

2) Squeeze the sausage filling out of the pork skins. Add crushed garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste.

3) Unroll the puff pastry and divide the mixture and pastry into three quantities

4) Place the first amount of sausage mixture down the width of the pastry. Brush both sides of this sausage mixture with water. Roll the pastry over the sausage mixture and secure by pinching the puff pastry. Do a few fork marks along the top of the sausage roll. Glaze with the whisked egg and portion into eight pieces. Continue with the other three amounts

5) Place onto the tray and bake at 200ºC until cooked

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
+27 33 263 2713