These are so scrumptious – hot or cold – very easy to make, economical and very, very good for the planet! The key ingredient here is the meat replacement: soya mince. The dried variety re-hydrates beautifully and a little seems to go a very long way. Do check that the puff pastry you are using really is vegan – supermarket own-brand varieties are often vegan, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
- 25g dried soya mince
- ½ tsp vegetable stock powder
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
- 2 heaped tsp fresh breadcrumbs
- ¼ tsp cornflour
- 125ml boiling water
- 1 sheet ready-rolled vegan puff pastry
- Several generous scrunches of black pepper
- Almond milk
- Seeds: chia, sesame or nigella… (optional)
Makes: 10-13 mini vegan sausage rolls
You will need:
- Tala Performance 34.5 x 24.4cm baking tray
- Medium size mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Measuring jug
- Measuring spoons
- Sharp knife
- Rolling pin
- Set the oven to 180C (356F).
- Leaving the water to one side for a moment, add all of the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir thoroughly
- Then add the water, mix thoroughly and leave to stand while you prepare the pastry. The mixture needs to be moist but clump together slightly. If it feels too dry add a touch more hot water.
- Unroll the pastry sheet (or roll it out into a rectangle roughly 25cm x 40cm) and cut cross-ways into 4cm wide strips. Cut each strip into three pieces (also cross-ways).
- Place a couple of teaspoons of soya mix into the middle of the rectangle, brush one of the short edges with almond milk and roll up into a classic sausage roll, pinching the join to seal.
- Flip the sausage roll over so that the pastry join is underneath, brush the top with almond milk, lightly score the top of each roll with a sharp knife, ensuring not to cut right through the pastry and scatter with seeds if you are using them.
- Bake for 15 minutes on the Tala Performance Baking Tray and remove from the oven when they are beautifully puffed up and golden brown (they may need another minute or two if they still look a little pale).