Golden, light and flaky vegetarian sausage rolls made with spelt rough puff pastry and filled with onion, garlic, mushrooms, thyme and oozing, molten Comté cheese. Perfect for the dinner table or the picnic basket.

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls with Mushroom and Comté

Gavin Wren Baking, Side dishes, Small Bites, Spelt & ancient grains, Starters, Vegetarian

Sausage rolls. This recipe presented me with a very complex, difficult and hard to resolve problem. It demonstrated the depths of philosophical wrangling that I have to endure, just to bring to you what seems, on the surface, a simple recipe. Take this particular little gem. It’s got 8 ingredients, an average amount by most standards, half of those being day to day ‘store cupboard’ items. There are no complicated process involved and if you use shop bought pastry it really isn’t very difficult at all. I’ve made it a few times now, perfecting it, and it’s a particularly tasty recipe, which I’ve whittled down from being far more complex. So what on earth could give rise to such existential trauma, such deep rooted emotional turmoil? The name. Mushroomy rolls but not a mushroom roll. To my mind, these are sausage rolls, like when a brand name passes into our…
Aubergine pesto tart

Pesto aubergine tart

Gavin Wren Baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Vegetarian

By now you’re probably thinking “errr… what’s the deal with this guy and aubergines?”. I’ll admit it, I’m sponsored by aubergines. They called me up from their field based HQ and asked if I could write about them endlessly. In return I get sod all, because they’re a bunch of plants, have no currency nor do they possess suitable ID to open a bank account to store or transfer money. They even asked me for exclusivity rights to break up my talks with the poddington peas about a mutual tie-in. Ok, maybe that’s all fantasy. Maybe. In reality, I just like aubergines, they represent something very summery to me. So on those rare occasions that the weather turns the temperature up slightly, casting sunlight towards us and beaming a gentle, welcoming smile upon our faces, I cook aubergines. I’ve extolled their virtues for quite some time in dishes such as…
Spelt rough puff pastry ready for oven

Spelt rough puff pastry

Gavin Wren Baking, Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Vegetarian

Can I tell you a bit of a secret? This recipe got me really excited. Yep, a recipe for plain spelt rough puff pastry and I was over-the-moon excited. It’s not even a recipe that you’d eat on it’s own, it’s just a gateway to other kitchen delights, but for some reason, basic ingredients and techniques get me really excited. A bit like the oven dried tomatoes that were the subject of my first published recipe on this site. In that instance I turned a load of regular tomatoes into rich, sweet, nuggets of concentrated flavour by doing something pretty damn simple. And here’s that excitement again, but with baking there is something slightly magical about the metamorphosis that occurs. It seems so transformational, to take a few simple, pale ingredients like flour, water and butter, combine them, add heat, and the end result is a rich, flaky, crispy morsel…