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Baking sheet recipes

As simple as 123

There is nothing easier than a classic shortbread: 1 measure of sugar, 2 measures of butter, 3 measures of plain flour

Do-re-mi, ABC, simple as 123  (apologies for the Jackson 5 earworm)

60g sugar
120g butter
30g Greek yogurt
120g plain flour
60g rice flour

Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC 
Cut the cold butter into cubes and rub into the flours until you have a breadcrumb like consistency. Add the sugar and yogurt and bring the whole lot together to a piable dough.
Turn out onto to a floured board and roll out to the thickness of a pound coin (or euro)
Place on a heavy duty baking sheet and place in the oven.
Cook for around 25 minutes until just starting to colour.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack.

We ate ours with some oven roasted rhubarb and thick, homemade custard.


Chicken dinner sausage rolls

Chuck in some chips and peas and there you have it; winner, winner, chicken dinner.

 

Start by soaking 10g dried mushrooms in 250ml hot water - we'll come back to these later, but you will need an intensely flavoured, brown stock.

150g breadcrumbs
Grated rind of a lemon
2 banana shallots, finely chopped
2 heaped teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
A handful of chopped parsley
2 eggs
250g cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a little rapeseed oil in a frying pan.  As usual we used Bennett and Dunn's oil.Locally grown and pressed.
Gently fry shallots over a low heat until soft.
And before you come over all "it's alright for you but where I am I supposed to get banana shallots?" I got mine from Lidl and if you can't find just use a small onion instead.

Combine with all the other ingredients and set aside while you make the pastry.  
But first, turn on the oven to heat it to 200ºC
I've got a bit creative here, but you could just as well make your favourite pastry recipe or use a ready made short crust or flaky pastry.

100g plain flour
100g rye flour
100g cold butter
1 tblsp poppy seeds
125ml buttermilk
Pinch of salt

Combine the flours in a bowl and add the salt.
Chop the butter into small pieces and rub it into the flours until the whole lot looks like fine breadcrumbs. Is there any other way in which this stage of pastry making is ever described?
Add the poppy seeds and stir to distribute them evenly.
Pour in the buttermilk and bring the mixture together to form a stiff dough.
Turn out on to a floured surface and roll into a rough rectangle, approximately 25cm wide by 50 cm long 

Brush one long edge with water to form a seal.
Place chicken mix in a long sausage shape along the pastry

and carefully roll up along the long edge, bringing the dry side down onto the moistened edge

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Cut into even pieces - I made 16, but you can make fewer, bigger rolls if you prefer.
Place the rolls on a heavy duty baking sheet and put into the oven

Bake at 200º for 20 minutes.

While they cook, prepare the gravy.

Melt 50g butter in a saucepan and add 1 finely chopped field mushroom or a couple of button mushrooms.
Cook until the mushrooms are soft.
Add 20g plain flour and cook, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
Add the mushroom stock that you prepared, Blue peter fashion, earlier and stir well to incorporate it and remove any limps.
You can add a good splash of sherry or vermouth at this stage if you wish and, if it's in season, a handful of chopped wild garlic.
Cook over a low heat for at least 5 minutes.

Serve alongside the chicken and stuffing rolls, with a big bowl of home made chips and a mountain of peas.
 

 

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