Thursday, March 29, 2007

my care group girls and sausage rolls

This morning I woke up and heard them say on air that the sun was just rising. I rushed outside and was probably a minute too late to capture the nicest shot but the sun was rising in all its glory and I thanked the Lord for the beauty of this day.


A few days ago the girls from our church care group met together at my friend Hilda's house to begin to prepare the food for their open house. We made 200 little sausage rolls. I thought I would give you the recipe since the dough is very easy to work with and they taste so much better than the little frozen ones that you bake. These freeze really well, you can make them much larger and have them handy to pop in the lunches for your men.




First of all Soften 1 tbsp. of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add 1/2 tsp. of sugar to the yeast and water. This helps the yeast to have something to feed on. Let this sit while you measure out your flour and butter.
In a bowl . . .measure 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of butter and a pinch of salt. (this can be done in a food processor) Cut the butter into the flour and pinch of salt with a pastry blender. Add 2 slightly beaten eggs. Mix this altogether and let it chill for 30 minutes.


Put the dough onto a floured surface and knead it a few times to make it workable. A little flour can be used to keep it from sticking.



Roll it into a long piece. I made more than one recipe at a time so you won't have this much. dough.




In the meantime, prepare your sausage. We used well smoked farmer sausage that is very lean. We peeled it and then sliced into quarters lengthwise. They appear to be having a very fun time.





Lay the sausage of your choice (smoked is the best) along the length of the dough and roll it up just until it covers it once and enough to press the dough together. Cut the dough down the long strip and then slice into desired sausage roll length with either some thread or a sharp serrated knife.






Place another length of sausage on the dough and repeat until all the dough is used up.








Bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes. If you have a convection oven the time will vary a bit. They can sit for about 30 minutes before baking and will puff up nicely in the oven. It seems that I forgot to take a picture of the finished sausage roll.







In between this process have a cup of tea and chit chat it up with your friends. This is as therapeutic and good for the soul as any day at the spa. These are my friends Becky on the left, Hilda in the center and Linda on the right. Linda is also the mom of my daughter-by-love Karlee. (it is amazing what can be accomplished in a care group . . . is it not?)
Have a wonderful day my friends, I'm off for my 30 minute walk.








9 comments:

  1. Dear Lovella,
    I happened upon your blog as I was googling "paska recipes". I have never baked paska before, but I am going to attempt it on Saturday and since your recipe looks so yummy, I will give it a shot. Since I was on your blod, I read some of your other posts and I have been blessed. Thank you for sharing your kind and gentle spirit.
    May the Lord bless your day,

    Ellie Wiebe from Winnipeg

    P.S. I will let you know how the paska baking goes :)

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  2. That was a good morning! It is good to be productive and have fun with friends at the same time. I am sad to be missing Sunday with you but I know that it is in good hands!

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  3. Welcome to my blog Ellie, . .
    I'm so glad you stopped by, and if you have any further questions on the Paska feel free to email me on my email on my profile page.

    All the best and blessing to you to. . .

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  4. Yummy...sausage rolls. A cousin of ours in BC used to come get farmer sausage from Manitoba by the truckload! I wonder is that still happening?
    Looks like a fun time with friends...

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  5. mmmm...farmer sausage. i'll have to remember to have my dad bbq some up for us this summer. i wonder if rempel meats would be up for shipping to san diego??

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  6. Everything goes better with friends, doesn't it? and your sausage rolls look yummy....

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  7. Sausage rolls...? Hmmm..I don't think I like 'em to be honest, but I loved seeing the nature picture...I love nature!

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  8. Hi Lovella,

    It's Marlene here in Calgary peeking back at your blog. My hubby's 50th is coming soon and I would like to make these for his celebration. Looking at the recipe I think I would bake them first and then reheat when I need them, Right?? I love your blog and MCCC. I've made So many of the recipes and will be making even more in the days to come. As always thanks for sharing not only your recipes but also your faith--it alljust fills me up:)

    Marlene

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  9. Hi Marlene. . thank you so much for your kind words. .
    Yes, you could certainly bake them and freeze them and rewarm them. . .I would let them thaw at room temperature and then cover them with foil and warm at 350 about 10 minutes. . and that should work perfectly.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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Thank you!