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Rolls, Rolls, Rolls!

Ah! Sausage Rolls. One of the most common member of the picnic baskets, lunch boxes and, surprisingly, buffet tables! Have you ever wondered where they originated?

Some say that the idea Sausage Rolls came from the flaky or puff pastries of the European.

One of the most common and famous flaky pastry of the Europeans is the Croissant. The Sausage Roll came around the 1980’s when a Hungarian couple planned to start a food business and came across their first Sausage Roll and used it to bring back the Hungarian influence into the world of pastries.

In the 18th Century, sausage rolls were made with shortcrust pastry rather than the puff pastry.

English: Sausage rolls cooling on a wire rackSome also say that a British woman invented this pastry based on her love for rolls and sausages and just fused them as one so that everyone could eat her two most favourite foods.

This all-time favourite pastry was often mentioned in some series of shows and opera. One of these is The Grand Duke where Sausage Rolls were used as a secret sign for their plot. Each member of the plot to bring down the grand duke signals each other by eating a Sausage Roll.

A Sausage Roll or a Roll is made up of pastry coated meat. Essentially, the roll does not necessarily need to be filled with sausage. It can be substituted by ground meat, ground vegetables, and ground fruits to make it a much healthier snack. You could use other alternatives for the filling that suits your taste and your cravings.

Sausage rolls can be bought from pastry stores and bakeshops but cooking homemade rolls can be a fun activity for the family. You can make your own pastries and fillings from scratch using basic ingredients found in your kitchen. For the pastry you can use flour, butter, egg and condiments such as mustard, salt, pepper and etc. For the filling you can use whatever is available in your kitchen such as fruits, vegetables, different types of meat (i.e. chicken, pork, beef, processed meat), and sometimes cheese. There is always the choice of buying ready-made frozen pastries and sausages from the supermarket.

A sheet of pastry can make a number of sausage rolls depending on who you are catering them. You can make bigger rolls for the adults and smaller ones for the kids, but you can make even smaller sausage rolls suited for parties and buffet tables. Place the sheet of pastry into a baking tray and place filling in the middle of each sheet lengthwise and roll tightly to cover the meat. Cut the rolls into the desired size and brush with egg wash (beaten egg) and cook in the 200°C pre-heated oven for 20-40 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.

Many pastry stores and bakeries are selling sausage rolls and other rallies around the world nowadays, but one of the most famous stores is the bakery chain called Greggs that sells almost 2.5 million rolls per week or 140 million per year. Well, that’s quite a large number.

Well, that is quite simple really!


What should you do now?

  1. Gather the kids, sausage rolls you will make!
  2. Have a Roll! Have a KV Bakery Sausage Roll!
  3. Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Killarney Vale Bakery now.



If you never try a new thing, how can you tell what it’s like? It’s men such as you that hamper the world’s progress. Think of the man who first tried German sausage!
Jerome K. Jerome, ‘Three Men in a Boat‘ (1889)


Remember – Rolls, Rolls, Rolls!



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