Category Archives: Pies

Sourdough experiments – sausage rolls

Sourdough pastry sausage rolls - like a crispy brioche or a soft piecrust

Sourdough pastry sausage rolls – like a crispy brioche or a soft piecrust

So what did bakers use before baking powder?  Apart from ground antlers and various ashes?  I’ve been experimenting by using sourdough in a range of baking as the rising agent and the results have been  … tasty!  These sausage rolls were covered with a sourdough pastry (?) which was slightly crisp in all the right places, but non-greasy and with good flavour.

Baking pies

I rarely have any bread left over, but I thought I should investigate uses of stale bread for my training courses and presentations.  Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for treacle tart caught my attention (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/25/ruby-tandoh-honey-treacle-tart-recipe-ruby-bakes) and the result was very impressive.  I used sourdough breadcrumbs and some ground ginger in the mix, omitting the zest.

Treacle tart, with sourdough breadcrumbs and treacle

Treacle tart, with sourdough breadcrumbs and treacle

Suitably inspired, I made the same pastry case and filled it with coconut and jaggery, a Sri Lankan sugar from a palm tree.

Coconut and jaggery tart

Coconut and jaggery tart

Good for sharing!