Sunday, June 1, 2008

Apple Walnut Sausage Brunch Bundles

Sunday brunch has now become an institution at our house. Today I thought I would try to add something new to the mix. I browsed through a few websites for ideas (non-vegan brunch is very heavy on the eggs) and put together this recipe. These are quite tasty and when I described them to the boys as "little apple pies" they got very excited. They balked a bit at the walnuts (I am not sure why since they gulp down Isa's chocolate chocolate chip cookies with walnuts with no problem) but ended up clearing their plates in the end.

Makes 8 bundles
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup cold Earth Balance margarine, cut into chunks
- 6 to 8 tbsp cold water

- 2 large cooking apples
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups chopped breakfast sausage
- 1/2 cup walnuts

- water and soy milk for brushing

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. Make the dough. Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl. Add in margarine chunks and work into the flour with a pastry cutter until it looks like coarse bread crumbs. Add enough water in to make a soft dough, using a fork to work the liquid into the flour. Gently knead to thoroughly mix. Shape into an 8" log, wrap in a damp cloth and stick in the fridge while you make the filling.
2. Peel, core, and chop the apples. Mix apples with lemon juice, sugar and syrup in a bowl. Add sausage and walnuts and mix well.
3. Mark out 8 equal sections on the dough log (should be 1" each). Using a serrated knife, saw off a section. On a floured surface, roll out piece of dough into a 7 to 8" circle. Place 1/8 of the filling in the middle of the circle (about a generous 1/4 cup) and brush the edge of the dough with water. Bring up edges, working your way around the circle, and seal. Pinch the dough together in the centre to make a little peak (like you see in the pic). Place on prepared sheet and repeat with remaining dough and filling.
4. Brush bundles with plain soy milk and bake for about 25 mins, until golden. Cool for 10 mins and serve warm.


trina said...

ooh, I love this idea!

Vivacious Vegan said...

These sound delicious. I just saw on tv the other day that raditions like Sunday brunch help to strengthen families. :-)

After seeing them on your blog I decided to make the chocolate chocolate chip cookies for our trip. We ate a few already and they are awesome!

Vegan_Noodle said...

These sound like the perfect brunch food!! I love the sweet and savory combo in the morning.

Sharon R said...

I can see having a leisurely brunch while eating these tasty bundles... I'd love to make these. They look a little different than what I'm used to making.

Manda said...

oh yum!! This looks amazing!!!!

Maggie said...

I'm going to try these for dinner tonight. They look fantastic, and it's been a while since we've done the breakfast-for-supper thing.

Nikki said...

Hi Vegan Dad, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love the pics/recipes! I'm a vegetarian and fairly new to it so I'm always on the hunt for great recipes and I can't wait to try some of yours
:-) Also, I'm adding you to my favorite blogs list on my page. Have a good day!

Carol said...

Hi Vegan Dad,
Just wanted to say this is the first recipe we tried from your cookbook, and it went over like gangbusters! My partner made the dough and rolled out the circles, and I made the filling and created the bundles. I would say it was more like a generous 1/3 cup per bundle, with filling left to spare. Delish! I just had a leftover one and it was almost as good heated in the microwave as it was yesterday fresh from the oven.