Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts, delicious morsels of light, flaky, puff pastry, filled with onion marmalade and topped with vibrant, melted Sparkenhoe Red Leicester cheese. The perfect party canapé.
This Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Cheese has a nutty, almost grassy flavour that sets it apart from any similar cheese I have tried before. A gorgeous golden wedge of unpasteurised cheese coloured using Annatto, a natural plant based dye that imparts it’s characteristic colour.
With a firm texture, this cheese is perfect for slicing and finely grating. Encased in an all butter puff pastry, the grated cheese melts into the onion marmalade and creates the most delightful Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts.
Topped with chives, that both echo the mild onion marmalade and grassy flavours found in the cheese, these little tarts are perfect to serve as canapés, party food, buffets or just for snacking on, warm from the oven with a glass of your favourite wine.
Made in minutes, these tarts are easy to make, bake in minutes and then ready to serve. What’s not to love about these Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts?
Recipe: Makes 28-32 Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts
Note: Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Cheese is UNPASTEURISED
320g Puff Pastry – I used ready rolled puff pastry from JustRol
100g/4oz Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Cheese – available from Pong Cheese
4tbsp Good Quality Onion Marmalade – I recommend Hawkshead Relish Red Onion Marmalade
3tbsp Chives – finely chopped
Method: Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7
You will need a mini muffin tin to make these Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts
If frozen remove the pastry from the freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge overnight.
Cut the rind from the cheese and finely grate.
Unroll the pastry and cut into 5cm/2″ squares. I actually used a ruler to measure out the squares.
If your mini muffin tin is not non stick then spray with a little oil.
Place one pastry square on to each mini muffin hole and press gently so that it dips in and forms a cup.
NOTE – I ovelapped two of the smaller pastry strips, squeezing them together, from the edge to create more tarts.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of onion marmalade to each pastry square.
Place 1 teaspoon of finely grated Sparkenhoe Red Leicester cheese on top of the onion marmalade.
Snip over a sprinkle of fresh chives.
Place the tin in the middle of the preheated oven and bake the tarts for 10-12 minutes. They are baked when they are risen, golden and full of bubbling, melted cheese.
Once baked remove from the oven.
Remove the tarts immediately and place on to a serving platter, if serving immediately, or on to a cooling rack for serving later.
I served these tarts with a few extra chives snipped over for an extra pop of colour.
Served warm these Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts are at their best. The mild onion flavours pair beautifully with the warm, nutty cheese. To make ahead, store in an airtight container for up to three days in the fridge. Refresh by popping on to a baking sheet and into a medium, preheated oven for 5 minutes.
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Who doesn’t love garlic bread, served alongside a great pasta dish, with a glass of something chilled? I certainly do and after seeing a fantastic foodie craze on Pinterest I knew I had to try it. Everyone is mad about these Garlic Cheese Bombs!
Garlic Cheese Bombs gooey melted cheese in a garlic roll, that’s utterly delicious.
In our house these are the BOMB 😉.
Everyone loves it when I make them and having successfully frozen them, uncooked, they are great to have on hand. Fresh or frozen.
Honestly these Garlic Cheese Bombs have become such a massive hit in our house. I’m really glad that they freeze well as my family would scoff the whole lot if I baked them all at once. I have learned from the first time I made them!
Garlic Cheese Bombs
If you have little ones, they will thoroughly enjoy making these.
The only extra ingredient required to make the Garlic Cheese Bombs is a little patience. Making 30 – 40 individual, little cheese wrapped buns, could be seen as tedious – not here at Feasting is Fun though. We don’t do tedious!! So put on some great music or a play, clear the table and enjoy some therapeutic relaxation, whilst you play with dough!
Before you know it you’ll have two trays full of delicious, homemade, bread buns proving and you can give yourself a smug pat on the back, knowing that one tray is going to be stashed in the deep freeze.
Baking bread is a real passion of mine, second only to my faith see ImportantStuff. As this week has been Real Bread Week it seemed fitting to end on a recipe that is fun to make and tastes best when feasting with family and friends.
I have made these Garlic Cheese Bombs using both my own dough recipe and a Wright’s bread mix. Truthfully and this almost hurts to write this, the children preferred the ones made with the bread mix.
Our children are very honest!!
Personally I think they are both great. The Wright’s bread mix is handy if you’re an infrequent bread baker, or haven’t made bread dough before and want to ensure they turn out great. My dough recipe is for those of us who are happy to make their dough from scratch. That said, there’s room in my kitchen for both.
Method: You will need a foil freezer/baking tray or 2 if you intend to freeze these.
Drain the mozerella balls well and count how many you have.
Make up the dough according to your chosen option.
Allow the dough to prove until doubled in size and then tip out on to a lightly floured surface.
For the very precise among you, weigh the bread dough and then divide that number by the number of mozerella balls. That will tell you exactly how much each piece of dough should weigh.
If you are more ‘laissez faire’ about things, like me, simply divide the dough evenly into 3 or 4 equal pieces (depending on whether you have 30 or 40 mozerella balls) and then divide each potion into 10.
Flatten a small portion of dough into a rough circular shape.
Place the mozerella ball in the centre of the dough circle.
Bring the edges of the dough up so that they cover the cheese and seal by pressing together.
Place the Garlic Cheese Bomb seam side down on a lightly oiled baking tray.
Continue until all of the Garlic Cheese Bombs have been made, allowing space in between each one the tray so that it has room to rise.
The Garlic Cheese Bombs in the photo above are from the first batch that I made.
Leave until doubled in size.
Whilst the rolls are proving, make the garlic butter.
Place the butter, oil, crushed/finely minced garlic, salt and pepper into a small saucepan over a low heat.
Cook until all the butter has melted. Set to one side.
Preheat the oven to 209C/180C fan, gas mark 6.
When the Garlic Cheese Bombs have doubled in size, remove the damp cloth/cling film and brush liberally, using a pastry brush, with the melted garlic butter.
Now is the stage at which the Garlic Cheese Bombs can be frozen. Double wrap the foil tray with freezer safe cling film, label and pop in the freezer. They should be fine for at least one month in the freezer.
To bake the freshly garlic glazed buns, place into the middle of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.
When baked remove the tray from the oven and immediately transfer the individual Garlic Cheese Bombs to a serving platter. Be careful as they will be very hot.
Pour over any garlic butter left in the tray and garnish with roughly chopped parsley,
Leave for 5 minutes before serving to allow thm to cool slightly.
Serve with a smile and watch as people break open these golden, light, cheesy rolls, flavoured with garlic butter.
Note: To cook from frozen, preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan, gas mark 5. Remove all cling film/foil. Place the frozen rolls into the middle of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and baked through. To test remove a roll and cut in half, if the mozerella is gooey and melted then the Garlic CheeseBombs are baked. Serve as for freshly baked.
So you’ve got a party in the evening and you want to make these earlier in the day? I’d suggest making them the day, or even a few days ahead and stashing them in the freezer. Alternatively make them in the morning, glazed with garlic butter before their final prove (it’ll save you stinking of garlic as you great your guests 😉), wrap in cling film and keep in the fridge. Take them out 10 minutes before baking, whilst you preheat the oven and bake as for fresh.
Make ahead recipes are fantastic as they allow you to enjoy spending time with your guests, rather than being stuck, on your own in the kitchen!
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I really hope you do try making your own bread. Most bread doughs can withstand a reasonable amount of mistreatment and still turn into fabulous loves, breadsticks, baguettes. The possibilities are endless and nothing, not even chocolate cake such as this White Chocolate Swirl Fudge Cake beats the smell of home baked bread.
Thank you for all you lovely comments, especially on Twitter regarding the great yeast debate – more on that in a future post! It really makes my day to see pictures of you baking my recipes and in most cases they look even better. Which I think is completely brilliant. You all inspire me to try harder and write easy to follow, delicious recipes.
Together we really do make Feasting Fun!
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Sunshine, glorious sunshine. It lifts our spirits and makes everyday seem that little bit brighter – literally. Windows flung open, coats discarded, sunglasses at the ready. Who wants to eat lunch, or any meal for that matter, indoors? Not me! Even if my ‘picnic’ is sitting out in the garden with a cool glass of something refreshing and a plate of these jalapeño fired Spicy Sausage Rolls.
For those of you with a more gentle constitution, don’t worry these Spicy SausageRolls do not ‘blow your head off!’ Instead they have a gentle warming, fruity heat that lifts an otherwise everyday sausage roll to a whole different level.
The inclusion of some paprika filled chorizo sausage, further elevates the incredible flavour of these picnic favourites. Delicious good quality sausage meat, mixed with finely chopped jalapeño chilli and just the right amount of chorizo, encased in flaky, all butter puff pastry, makes for the perfect addition to any packed lunch, picnic or easy meal.
If you like sausage rolls, you will absolutely love these Spicy Sausage Rolls!
Puff pastry is such an incredibly handy product to have stashed away in the freezer. All butter is my preferred type, especially for sweet bakes such as my Blackberry Nectarine Tart , however, I do sometimes use the mixed vegetable fat/butter for savoury bakes, especially if it is on offer!
Having chatted to a few of my Twitter friends recently, we all concluded that the cost of groceries seems to have suddenly risen. For me, this means creating recipes that stretch more expensive ingredients that little bit further and also really trying hard to keep food waste to an absolute minimum.
As I spend a lot of time testing recipes and batch baking/cooking in the kitchen, the opportunity for waste can become even greater. Especially if after a few days cooking and baking I then spend the next few days in bed due to my health problems see here.
This is where the freezer becomes my best friend! Having made the Spicy Sausage Rolls on a day where I had also cooked dinner, they were in danger of getting forgotten about, boxed up in the back of the fridge. Of course we shared a couple between us to taste test them and we were not disappointed. After the photos were taken the following day, I popped the remaining sausage rolls in the freezer – keeping a couple out for our daughter and I to share for lunch.
I have no doubt that they will not stay in the freezer long, yet it saves potential waste. Which is primarily, not only good for our planet, but also our grocery budget!
Recipe: Makes 12 Spicy Sausage Rolls
350g/12oz Block of Puff Pastry all butter if possible- defrosted in the fridge overnight if frozen – I used frozen Just Rolall butter puff pastry
454g/1lb Pork Sausagemeat – good quality at least 85% Pork, casing removed
50g/2oz Chorizo Sausage – casing removed
1 Jalapeño Chilli Pepper
1 Medium Free Range Egg
Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6
Place the sausage meat into a bowl and add the chorizo sausage pulled into pieces.
Remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño chilli pepper and chop finely.
Add the chopped chilli to the bowl and squish (mix) everything together using clean hands.
Roll out the puff pastry on a clean, flour dusted work top, until it is 30cm x 20cm (15″ wide by 8″ deep).
Trim the edges of the pastry and then divide the pastry in half width ways so that you have 2 long strips.
Divide the sausage meat mixture in two.
Evenly lay the sausage meat down the middle of each length of pastry.
Crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk with a fork.
Using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg down the length of the pastry, either side of the sausage meat.
Bring the top edge of the pastry evenly over the sausage meat and continue rolling so that the pastry overlaps (and seals) underneath the sausage rolls.
Using a sharp knife, cut each long roll in half and then cut each half into 3 even sized sausage rolls. In total you will have 12 medium sized sausage rolls.
Place the sausage rolls on to a lightly oiled baking tray.
Brush each sausage roll with the beaten egg – this will give the pastry a wonderful, crisp, golden finish once baked.
Finally using a sharp, pointed pair of scissors, snip the top of each sausage roll twice – as can be seen in the picture below.
Place the baking tray into the middle/top part of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
The Spicy Sausage Rolls are cooked when the pastry is flaky and golden brown all over. If in doubt cut a sausage roll in half, the meat should be cooked all the way through.
Once baked remove the sausage rolls from the oven.
Transfer the baked sausage rolls to a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly before trying!
Perfect eaten hot or cold, with a good chutney, some cherry tomatoes and a glass of something refreshing.
To store, allow to cool completely and then pack into an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, as I did, pack into a freezer bag or box, label and keep in the freezer for one month. Defrost thoroughly and reheat until piping hot in a moderate oven.
If fresh puff pastry has been used, not frozen, these Spicy Sausage Rolls can also be frozen uncooked. Place some baking parchment on a baking tray, put the sausage rolls on top and then place into the freezer and freeze until solid. Once frozen pack into freezer boxes, separating each layer with baking parchment. To cook, remove as many sausage rolls as required, place onto an oiled baking tray and bake in a preheated oven as before. The sausage rolls will take approximately 45 minutes to bake from frozen. This can be particularly handy over the Christmas holiday period.
Sorry to mention Christmas, however, in our house a buffet is incomplete without a plate of hot sausage rolls. This year we can really turn the heat up!
Obviously you can control how spicy you make these, as well as the size. I would perhaps make them a little smaller for a buffet spread.
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If you think about it, a buffet is really an indoor picnic!
Who doesn’t love unloading a picnic hamper or walking around a buffet table tasting little morsels of yummy different foods. We have a daughter who would happily eat from a buffet table/picnic hamper most days of the year.
The sun is blazing as I write up this post. Whether you make and bake during the sunshine or snow, have fun feasting with friends, family and neighbours.
Today’s treat is a fantastic way to use up any leftover chocolate from Christmas and portion it into manageable, bite sized treats. Say hello to these Rocky Road Petit Fours.
I’m pretty sure ours is not the only home with an excess of Christmas chocolate, silently hiding behind over stuffed cupboard doors, waiting to wreck havoc on New Year eating resolutions.
So I thought I’d come up with a recipe that makes best use of all that lovely chocolate and portions it into more diet, I mean healthier sized morsels.
With only four ingredients, these Rocky Road Petit Fours are a great treat to make for parties and as gifts, whatever time of year it is.
Pop a few in a cellophane bag, tie with pretty ribbon and you have a great gift. Teachers, co-workers, shopping delivery drivers…..
Yup. That’s who I made these for, my Waitrose delivery drivers. They go above and beyond when it comes to delivering my shopping and I really, really appreciate that.
Since my seizures started, see here , I tried having our shopping delivered at the weekend. The problem was, it took a big chunk out of the day whilst hubby sorted and put all the shopping away. Also, I was losing track of what we needed etc. so I switched to a mid week delivery and with the delivery driver’s help, the shopping is unloaded, put away and weekends are way more relaxing for my hardworking hubby.
So I filled a tin with these delicious treats and sent them back with the driver after he had helped with my shopping today.
I do think it is important to thank people. Especially when they go out of their way to help.
Edible gifts are a great way of saying a special thank you.
Making these chocolate delights is childs play. Literally!!
With a little supervision, these are perfect for making with children. Although whether they are then given as gifts, directly depends on the chocolate ‘evidence’ around the little cherubs face! It might be an idea to have some prepared in advance and let the children eat the fruits of their labour.
Recipe: Makes approx. 45 Rocky Road Petit Fours
150g/6oz Good Quality Milk Chocolate – I used Waitrose Seriously Intense Milk Chocolate with 49% Cocoa (or use a mix of milk and dark chocolate)
100g/4oz Mini Marshmallows
100g/4oz Shortbread – cut into small chunks
10 Glace Cherries – finely chopped
Petit Fours Cases
Edible glitter or stars for decoration
Break, or chop the chocolate into small pieces and place into a large heatproof bowl.
Melt, in the microwave, using the medium heat setting and 30 second bursts.
Remove before all the chocolate is melted and stir continuously until smooth and lump free.
Add into the melted chocolate the shortbread, mini marshmallows and chopped glace cherries. Thoroughly mix until all the ingredients are coated in chocolate.
Using two spoons carefully fill each petit fours case generously.
Set aside to cool and set. During warmer months, pop the Rocky Road Petit Fours into the fridge for a couple of minutes to set.
Sprinkle over edible glitter, or gold stars to add a finishing touch to these treats.
Perfect as gifts, for parties, or just to share with friends and family.
Make sure you leave one spare to try – these Rocky Road Petit Fours are utterly delicious! Here are some other recipes for you to enjoy: