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Sausage and Apple pasties

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About Us Welcome folks I’m Pip from @montytheford. I live in my 41 year old yellow motorhome with my boyfriend Dan and our two cheeky rescue dogs Jango and Steve. We have been living in the van for over 18 months now. Living small has been better than we had ever imagined. We have less outgoings, less possessions, less worries. Most of the time we are parked up in a tranquil spot with family in rural England, in a village close to where we both grew up. Even during lockdown with all its restrictions, we have been surrounded by beautiful birdsong, soothing sunsets and dainty wild flowers. Lockdown When the virus started to restrict travel in Europe, we were in mountainous Northern Spain. Dashing to Calais to cross the channel, we returned home safely after three months exploring. We were so focused on getting back, we hadn’t really thought about what we would do afterwards. My job as a supply teacher didn’t exist anymore. We couldn’t see friends or family, despite already having three months apart. Things weren’t as we had expected. But, there were positives. Suddenly we were flooded with a lot of extra time, so I decided to immerse myself in creative hobbies… Baking As I child, I did a lot of baking. I am the eldest of four children, so baking was a cheap and cheerful way for Mum to keep us all occupied (she is an amazing baker). Even at university, cake Tuesdays became a regular feature as I whipped up delicious sweet treats every week for my house mates. But as work took centre stage, baking slowly drifted away from me as I became more and more pushed for time. This is no longer the case. Every Sunday morning for the past two months, myself and two good friends - Sarah and Carys - video chat together whilst baking the same recipe. It works amazingly well. We share our progress, ask for a second opinion, adapt the recipe a little as we go. Basically, we support each other. And despite our range of baking experience, everything has come out tasting just as it should – and gets eaten very quickly. If you are looking for social contact without having to take part in a quiz, I couldn’t recommend virtual baking enough! It’s cheap, you learn a new skill, catch up with friends and have something delicious to eat at the end. I will be sharing a few of my favourite bakes on here that I have made with Sarah and Carys. Each bake has been prepared in the van using basic cooking equipment, and the recipes are easy to follow, whatever your previous experience. I hope you enjoy following them as much as I have. Happy baking!

If you have an oven in your van or motorhome, these sausage and apple pasties are a must bake!

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Sausage and Apple pasties

Meat Based
A moreish, hearty meal for those on the go. This was one of my favourite bakes – simple to make, full of flavour and great for when you’re out and about. You can use readymade shortcrust pastry instead of making your own if you wish.
5 from 1 vote
Family friendly
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chilling time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Baking
Servings 6
Diet Meat Based


For the pastry

  • 250 g Butter
  • 500 g Plain flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • 1 Egg to brush over pastry

For the filling

  • 300 g Pork sausages
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 100 g Butternut squash
  • 1 Small apple
  • Salt & pepper to taste


For the pastry

  • Dice the butter and rub into the flour with a pinch of salt using your fingertips, then blend in 6 tbsp cold water to make a firm dough. Cut equally into 6, then chill for 20 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/ Gas Mark 4.

For the filling

  • Make a slit into each sausage and remove the meat. Place into a large bowl with the onion, carrot, butternut squash, apple and seasoning. Combine together.
  • Roll out the pastry and use a bowl to cut it into rounds of about 15cm in diameter.
  • Brush the edges of the pastry with the whisked egg. Place a spoonful of the mixture into the centre and lift each side of the pastry to contain it.
  • Press the edges together to seal at the top and pinch the pastry to make a crimp pattern. Repeat, making about 6 large pasties.
  • Place on a non-stick tray and brush the edges (not the crimp as this will burn too quickly) with beaten egg.
  • Cook in a preheated oven for about 40- 45 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving


Calories: 799kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 18gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 614mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4605IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 5mg
Keyword intermediate, meat, oven, pasty, picnic, sausage
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