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Sausage and apple pies

Sausage and apple pies

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Pies and sausages are just my favourite food, so what better way to celebrate autumn than make a pie with sausages in it, that way I get the best of both worlds, and a sausage pie seems to keep my family happy too. Plus, bangers are a thrifty way to add meat to the family weekly meal plan, and the kids love them too.

Although I am a pretty competent pastry maker, I hold my hands up to usually buying puff pastry – although, I do like to make my own for very special occasions and when I have time. So, the recipe I am sharing today is an easy one, as it uses ready-made shop bought puff pastry for ease and to save time. It also uses a pack of pork sausages as the base of the filling with some seasonal fruit, apples. As well as the apples, I like to add another seasonal ingredient, and that’s fresh sage for a lovely herbal flavour.

These little, quick and easy, 'frilly' sausage and apple pies are so easy and yet they look quite posh – so, they are good enough for a family mid-week meal or for any festive buffet table.

Although I used a muffin tray for the pies, I have also made these pies in a Yorkshire pudding tin, the one that has four indentations and is about two and a half times wider than the diameter of a muffin tin. That way, you get four (or sometimes five or six) larger pies.

However, if smaller pies are what you are after, than use the muffin tray size, which makes perfect size 'pie-lets' for a Bonfire Night party when served with baked spuds and hot soup. These little pies are also perfect for the freezer and can be frozen when unbaked or when baked; just pop them in the oven from frozen if unbaked and reheat them for 5 minutes if already baked.

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1
200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a 12 hole muffin tray with butter
2
Skin the sausages and put the sausage meat into a large bowl with the sage, onion and egg. Mix well with your hands until amalgamated and then season to taste with salt and pepper. If the mixture is a little wet, add some breadcrumbs
3
Cut out between 8 and 12 pastry circles to fit the muffin tin, according to how much sausage meat mixture you have. Line the muffin tin with the pastry circles
4
Share the sausage mixture between the pastry circles – the sausage mixture should be at least three-quarters of the way up the side of the pastry, as it shrinks when cooked
5
Cut each quarter of apple into thin slices and arrange the slices on top of the sausage mixture. Bake the pies for 25-30 minutes, or until the sausage mixture is cooked and the apples are slightly brown at the edges
6
Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before serving them straight away, or taking the pies out of the tin and allowing to cool completely
Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before serving
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