Super savouries

15 February, 2008
Why not tempt customers with these alternative savoury fillings for your snacks range, suggests Brian Binns
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The method of making savoury snacks by folding the corners of a square of puff pastry over towards the centre of the filling is well-liked by the smaller baker. Two bakers have reported that the filling for a tomato tart sells well with this, is cheap and easy to make and produces good profits.
Ingredients / %Ripe tomatoes and/or tinned tomatoes in juice in whatever proportions you wish / 100Sugar / 5Onion / 10Olive oil and herbs of your choiceMethod1. Cook over a low heat until reduced by at least 50%.2. Adjust the taste with salt, sugar and a little vinegar.3. When cold, spread on a puff pastry base, top with centre-cut slices of fresh tomato and bake in a hot oven. The trimmings from the tomatoes go into the conserve.Sausage roll alternativesSausage rolls are one of the best-selling savouries, but attempts to put anything other than pork sausage into them are less than inspired. So why not try these?Chicken and corianderIngredients / Amount / %Dry white bread / 120g / 9Single cream / 120ml / 9(Or a mix of whipping cream and milk or vegetable cream) Melted butter / 100g / 7Salt / 20g / 1White pepper / 5g / 0.3Fresh coriander or Porter's fresh coriander in oil / 200g / 1Minced chicken / 1kg / 73MethodBeat the bread and cream to a soft paste and blend with the other ingredients. This should be like a soft pork sausage roll filling, so adjust with fine breadcrumbs or milk if needed.Minced beef or lamb with onions and curry seasoningIngredients / %Minced onion / 15Breadcrumbs / 10Whipping cream or meat stock / 10Minced meat / 65Curry paste to taste with a little salt and pepper.

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