The many versatile uses of Jus Rol Puff Pastry
I love puff pastry, not because it’s so tasty, but you can pretty much use any ingredient to turn the pastry into a delectable dish – or as a perfect snack on its own! Of course, you can always go and make your own puff pastry, which isn’t super difficult (recipe for puff pastry to follow soon), but if you are a busy mum like me, and you have minimal time in the day to make puff pastry from scratch, then Jus Rol is perfect because the pastry dough is readymade and versatile enough for you to mould into any shape you want to make your own little cute pastry dishes. So, thanks to Jus Rol for supplying me with some of their awesome products. Read on for what I managed to make out of the ready-to-roll puff pastry dough.
Quorn Sausage Rolls
I made some really yummy sausage rolls previously, using beef mince, so I was excited to substitute the beef with Quorn, as well as create little puff pastry pockets of sausage rolls for the whole family to enjoy. The link to the beef mince sausage roll recipe is here: https://www.motherhooddiaries.com/party-sausage-rolls-recipe-part-organix-junk-lunchbox-challenge/
I used the Jus Roll double pack of pastry in a block, so I had to leave the pastry to defrost under room temperature first. Once defrosted fully, I divided the block in half and wrapped the other half in cling film before putting back in the fridge to use at another time.
I divided the other half in half again and rolled the quarter out to about ½ inch thick. I cut around the edges to make a rectangle and divided the rectangles horizontally into 3 long rectangles. Add some of the Quorn mince in the middle of each long rectangle, making sure to leave at least 1cm around the edges.
Brush some beaten egg around the edges of the long rectangle and, starting from the bottom, roll gently to create a pastry roll. Cut each roll 3 cm long and brush again with egg.
To make little Quorn croissants
- Cut the pastry into large, long triangles, with a little triangle cut out at the bottom for flexibility
- Add a little mince in the middle of the triangle and brush around the edges with beaten egg
- Starting from the wide edge of the triangle, roll over the mince mix gently, but tightly, until you reach the tip
- Pinch each side to seal the croissant
- Brush everything in beaten egg again
Look at how they all turned out!
Apple/Pie Pastry Pie
Apple Pie is so cheap and easy to make when you already have Jus Rol puff pastry dough to hand. I even changed it up a bit and added pear to the equation and all it cost me was one apple, one pear, some sugar and some nutmeg. I ended up making enough little Apple/Pear Pies to serve at a mini birthday lunch at my friend’s house. It’s so easy to make, here are the steps:
- Preheat your oven to 180C Fan
- Beat one large egg in a mini bowl and leave aside to use for later.
- Grab one apple and one pear from your fruit bowl
- Chop the fruit up into bite sized chunks and add to a pan of about 4 tablespoons of water
- Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (or 2 tablespoons if you like the pies super sweet)
- Simmer and stir gently until the fruit are soft and mushy.
- Either mash up with a fork or use a hand mixer like I have done. Leave some chunks for a more textured flavour.
- Roll out your puff pastry dough to at least ½ inch thickness
- This is where you can get creative and cut your puff pastry into any shape you want. I cut my dough into squares.
- Add a dollop of apple/pear mix to the middle of half of your squares, making sure to leave enough room along the sides to seal with dough.
- Get your beaten egg and, with a brush, brush the sides of your square with egg.
- Grab one of your squares (with no apple/pie mix in the middle) and place over the top of the square with your mix. Gently push along the edges to seal the two squares together.
- Use a fork to press along the sides and create the pattern shown in the illustration
- Place your squares on a greased baking tray or parchment paper.
- Using a knife, score a pattern on the top of the square, any pattern at all, I tried to score an apple, but it didn’t work.
- Brush egg generously over the top of your squares and place in the centre of the oven.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Hey presto! You have your awesome apple/pear pies!
Other gorgeous pastries you can make – Chocolate Croissants!
Cheese and Tomato Pastries
As you can see, there are many ways to use the very versatile Jus Rol Puff Pastry and these above recipes are just the beginning!
The different types of ready-to-roll Jus Rol pastry that you can buy in the supermarkets can be found here: http://www.jusrol.co.uk/productRange.aspx
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