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SAUSAGE ROLLS WITH MAPLE AND FRESH APPLE: Cutlery be gone… Who else will be pr…

Cutlery be gone… Who else will be pretty much eating finger food from now?! With one exception… Christmas dinner! In my recent sausage roll poll (?) these pork, maple and apple puffs just nudged it over the hoisin ones (don’t worry I’ll share those soon!) so here’s the recipe in case you want to add any more deliciousness to your festive spreads ?
(Makes 12 small rolls)
250g pork mince
1/2 small apple (chopped into very small pieces)
1 tbsp proper maple syrup
1 tsp jerk seasoning (e.g. with cumin, nutmeg, allspice, smoked paprika, cinnamon)
Pinch sea salt
Pinch freshly cracked black pepper

For the pastry:
250g puff pastry (no way I’m making that at this…or any…time of year!)
1 large egg
Black sesame seeds (optional)
1 – take puff pastry out of the fringe 30mins before you want to roll it out.
2 – whilst your pastry de-fridges ??‍♀️ mix all filling ingredients in a bowl, combining well. Pop the oven on to pre-heat (gas 6/200C).
3 – on a floured surface, roll out puff pastry into a large rectangle about the thickness of a pound coin. Then make a big long sausage out of the filling and pop it onto the pastry, running it down the ‘middle’, just off centre.
4 – whisk the egg so it’s combined then generously bush over the exposed pastry and a little along the top of the filling (to help it stick). Taking the wider side, fold over the pastry to cover the filling and push to create a smooth shape. Lightly press a fork repeatedly along the edge to seal and trim off any additional pastry.
5 – brush the long sausage roll generously with the remaining egg wash and then slice into even pieces using a shape knife (you should get about 12). Make a couple of cuts across the top of each sausage roll and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
6 – pop into the pre-heated oven and cook for about 20 mins, until golden and delicious. •
Tip: half way through cooking, brush with a little more of the egg wash for a super golden finish with extra crunch!

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