Genius Shortcrust Pastry Review. Gluten, Dairy and Soya free! Also, Quick and Easy sausage roll recipe! 

We have been perfecting a recipe for our own homemade shortcrust pastry which we’ll be posting soon.  While homemade pastry is always nice sometimes you just can’t be doing with the faff of making it yourself. If you know you’re going to need pastry the next day and won’t have time to make it yourself then grabbing a box of pre prepared pastry out the freezer to defrost is always handy. 

We picked the Genius Shortcrust pastry up yesterday, as I knew I wanted to make sausage rolls today with some left over sausages. I left it out to defrost over night and it was perfect to use when I came around to it. 


First impressions were good when the pastry rolled well, with minimal cracking and tearing. It was very easy to work with and gave zero stress around keeping it together in one piece. It folded well over the sausage meat, again with very minimal to zero cracking and when pressed with a fork it moulded well and did not fall apart at all. 

I didn’t want to add a glaze to the rolls so that I could get a good idea to how the pastry coloured. I have to say I was certainly not disappointed at all with the results after baking. There was a lovely golden colour, not burnt and you wouldn’t be able to tell it was an allergy friendly pastry. 

When it came to tasting I held no hopes for something amazing as what we have tried in the past certainly hasn’t fit into that category. Whilst I can’t say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, I can say this pastry is tasty, “feels” right and is enjoyable to eat. There is a subtle savoury hint to the pastry which adds to the sausage roll experience as it is not a bland shell. Whilst slightly crumbly it does hold together well and does not create massive amounts of mess whilst eating. 


These sausage rolls took 22 minutes at 200c and the pastry produced 4 good sized rolls with a little pastry to spare. 

All in all I would say this was a definite positive experience and we will definitely be repurchasing in future. I would recommend this pastry to anyone who likes to have a back up to hand or who doesn’t like to make their own. At roughly £2.45 a pack it can be expensive, but what isn’t when it comes to the allergy friendly market! It is definitely worth it for us though when I see Roo’s face light up that he has a sausage roll. 

Our quick and easy method for these sausage rolls is as follows. 

Ingredients 

  • One package of Genius Shortcrust Pastry, defrosted and at room temperature. 
  • 4 sausages of choice with skin removed. 

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c and lime a baking tray with parchement paper. 
  2. Flour your surface and rolling pin generously. Roll out the pastry to approximately 5mm thick in a large rectangle. 
  3. Cut the pastry into 4 large sections and add a sausage to the centre of each section of pastry. Fold over the pastry to create the sausage roll and using a fork seal the edges. 
  4. Transfer to the baking tray and then into the centre of the oven for 22 minutes. 

Enjoy! And we hope this review has been of help! 


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