Soured Cream Pastry and Sausage Rolls

This is a wonderful cheat version of rough puff pastry and can all be done in a food processor very easily and quickly.  It's brilliant with savoury recipe such as sausage rolls or meat pies and also works well with recipes such as mince pies and tarte tatin.

200g hard butter
250g plain flour
125ml soured cream

Dice the butter and put this and the flour into a food processor, whizz for a minute or so until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.  Add the soured cream and pulse until it comes together in a ball of dough, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 20-30 minutes.  Roll out into an oblong shape, take one end and fold in one third, followed by the other end, turn a quarter turn and repeat, use with whatever recipe you wish.

To make it by hand, rub in the butter and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs, stir in the soured cream and use your hands to bring it together to form a ball of dough, chill and fold as before.

To make sausage rolls:

1 batch soured cream pastry as above
200g sausage meat
tablespoon thyme or sundried tomatoes or anything
else you think would be nice to add to your sausage rolls
A little beaten egg or milk to glaze

  1. Make the pastry as above and leave it to chill for 30 mins.
  2. Place the sausage meat in the bowl, add thyme or sundried tomatoes or anything else you’re using to flavour the sausagemeat.
  3. Roll out the dough again into a long rectangle approximately 7.5cm wide (3 inches).  Put some flour onto your hands and then roll the sausage meat into a long ‘sausage’ as long as the pastry.  Place on the edge of the pastry.
  4. Roll up the pastry to enclose the sausage, dampen the edge of the pastry with a little water and seal well.
  5. Cut into lengths, place on a baking tray with the pastry seam underneath, brush with beaten egg or milk and make three cuts on the top of the pastry.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until browned and crusty.

VERY IMPORTANT - after handling raw meat you MUST wash your hands thoroughly before you touch anything else.  Do NOT use the same utensils for raw and cooked meat without washing them thoroughly.