Downton Abbey Sausage Rolls

This was for our dinner last night. I used the last of our sausage to make them. We didn’t space our sausage consumption well this year, but there is talk of us making our own from our pork steaks.

Anyway this is a dish meant to take with you while hunting pheasants and partridges in the Edwardian period. You were supposed to keep them in your pocket and nibble them while waiting for the beaters to flush the birds out. They are basically plain bread dough wrapped around an ounce of bulk sausage. Here they are rising.

The curious thing about this recipe is that it called for 3 3/4 cups of flour and 2 1/2 cups of water. That made it a liquid rather than a dough. So I had to add a lot more flour to make it a dough. But I finally succeeded, and here are the rolls after baking.

The other curious thing is you are supposed to serve them with chutney. I am not sure how you do that while you’re hunting. And we are out of chutney so used ketchup, Dijon mustard, HP sauce and bread and butter pickles. The pickles are kind of like chutney. It was all good. These rolls were surprisingly tasty. Kind of like hot dogs but better. So that was a fun meal.

P.S. we failed miserably in the financial hunkering experiment. We only lasted 6 days without buying household items in a store. Dishwasher detergent was our downfall. So I learned I am not nearly as tough as my ancestors.

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5 Responses to Downton Abbey Sausage Rolls

  1. Jeanne says:

    The sausage rolls sound good. However, the ratio of water to flour is pretty strange! I wonder if that is a printing error. I suppose you could write and ask!

    How are you feeling?

  2. Cottontailfarm says:

    Yeah… I am having a real hard time picturing Lady Mary with a pocketfull of dipping chutney. Lol. Those sound very good and fun to make. Is an ounce of sausage about golf-ball sized?

  3. Jeanne says:

    I would like it if you would write and ask if that’s a mistake! You may have ended up with quite a few more rolls than was intended….

    I got a chuckle out of the thought of Lady Mary carrying chutney in her pocket, on horseback!h 😃

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