ZB's Vegan Recipes

Here's where you can find some fun, tasty and generally pretty easy-to-make vegan (and often low GI) recipes. Enjoy!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Easy fun with puff pastry

It's not healthy, it's not low GI, but sometimes all you want is something wrapped in pastry...It's a whole experience.

I use Borg's puff pastry, because it is guarenteed vegan (don't you love when products actually have that written on them? Yay! Vegan-friendly companies!!)

The following amazingly stupendously simple recipe (which is great for any kind of party, be it cocktail party, kid's party, dinner party - and also makes a fun lunch with a big green salad) is stolen from my friend Neibi, and all props must go to her (and also blame, due to the fact that I'm now obsessed with making these!!)

Mini Vegan Sausage Rolls

Ingredients

1 packet (or more if you're catering for a big party) of vege sausages - I use sausages from the Sanitarium range (though be careful to check the ingredients, as some contain milk/eggs)
defrosted sheets of puff pasty - each sheet will cover four vege sausages

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Cut pastry sheet into quarters. Place vege sausages on the bottom of each quarter. Roll upwards until the pastry edges meet around the vege sausages.

To make "party sausage rolls" cut each pastry covered sausage into sixths.




Place sausage rolls, pastry overlap side up, on a greased baking tray and bake until the pastry is all puffed up, golden brown and crispy.

Serve hot, with sauce of choice.

I often have way too much fruit on my hands, because I love fruit and keep forgetting that I'm limited in my daily intake these days.

So, instead of letting the fruit rot and go straight onto the compost, I like to use it up in different ways. The following is one of the easiest!!

Easy Peasy Fruit Lattice Pie

Ingredients

Mixed fresh fruit, sliced (peaches, pears, apples, nectarines - or berries - or even bananas!)

lemon juice to taste

agave nectar to taste

2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed, with one sheet cut into 1cm wide strips

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Toss the fruit in the lemon juice and agave nectar, and set to one side for about 15 minutes, to allow the flavours to blend.

Line a greased pie tin with one sheet of puff pastry. Pour in the fruit, and top with the strips of puff pastry, overlapping them in a lattice style.

Alternatively, you can just top with a single sheet of puff pastry - remember to prick some holes in it to allow steam out!!

Put in the oven, and cook until the pastry on top is all puffed up, golden brown and crispy.

Serve on its own, or with vegan custard or icecream.


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