26 October 2012

Savoury Puffs for Bonfire Night


The dark nights are closing in and it feels like winter.

The dread excitement builds as Christmas hurtles towards us, but first we have some fun.

photo: Mr Empey/Flickr
Bonfire Night

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...


A strange ritual in Britain, where we remember a night in 1605 when Guy Fawkes used 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Houses of Parliament, to kill King James I and restore a Catholic government to power.

He failed.

He hanged.



We burn fires with a guy (effigy of guy fawkes) sitting proudly atop and fire rockets into the sky.

As children was learned the rhyme and asked for a "penny for the guy".

We remember, I don't know why, but it's great fun!

We wrap up warmly in woolly scarves, hats & gloves and join the procession heading to our local park, to listen to loud music, watch the fires sizzling and ohhhh and ahhhh as each rocket explodes in a noisy, colourful sparkle in the sky.

We eat!

Soup, baked potatoes, toffee apples.........

Hand held treats are required!


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Savoury Puffs
Simple puff pastry parcels filled with a savoury filling of veggie haggis, peas and sweetcorn, with an optional hit of flavour from wholegrain mustard.
Ingredients
  • 1 veggie haggis
  • 1 packet puff pastry
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen sweetcorn
  • 2-3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • a splosh of milk
Instructions
1. Take your puff pastry out of the fridge to allow it to come to room temperature.2. Preheat the oven to 190c /170c/375f /Gas Mark 5.3. Roll your pastry on a lightly floured board until it is quite thin.4. Use a saucer or small cereal bowl to cut circles out of the pastry. 5. On on half of the pastry add a filling of veggie haggis and a scattering of frozen peas and sweetcorn. If you want to, you can spread some mustard on the pastry first. 6. Wet the edges of the circle with water and foldvthe half with no filling over the half with filling. Press down the edges and crimp with your fingers,.7. Slash the top of each puff a couple of times to let steam out and pop onto a baking tray.8. Brush each puff with milk or an egg wash and bake for 20 minutes until the puffs are beautiful and golden.
Details
Total time:
Yield: 6-8 puffs



The beauty of using veggie haggis in these puffs is that it doesn't need to be cooked first, you can just scoop it out of it's packet. If you cannot find any veggie haggis, you can make your own, you can find the recipe over at Green Gourmet Giraffe.

Check out my Bonfire Feast over at Baby Centre. 16 bonfire night treats to tempt your tastebuds on bonfire night.

Happy Bonfire Night everyone!

26 comments:

  1. I've never heard of veggie haggis! what a grand idea. I do miss Guy Fawkes night here in the US - can't seem to get anyone excited about it!! Love this recipe
    mary x

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    1. Hi Mary, It doesn't have any significance over there at all. They must think we are all nuts. I bet you miss being cozied up on a cold night, with the smell of smoke in the air, watching the bonfire and fireworks :)

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    2. I know I do.
      Even if you all are nuts. ;)
      I miss autumn in Scotland. Enjoy it for me.

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    3. I will, but I know you will be glad to miss out on the Winter here, I know how much you hated it :)

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  2. Wow veggie haggis are a great idea!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Friday

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  3. looks so delicious and i also love the ready made puff pastry

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    1. I learned to make puff pastry at school, but life is just too short and the ready made pastry is so good I just use that. Saves a lot of time too.

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  4. Great idea Jac - going to steal this one me thinks ;0)

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    1. So simple, but they are really satisfying and very tasty. You will have no problem finding veggie haggis in Edinburgh Chele:)

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  5. beautiful idea Jacs... love them... I put veggie stuffing in the mix too, which adds a more Christmassy flavour... very inspiring!

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  6. Everybody likes fireworks, of course, and any excuse to shoot them off is a good one. :) You just don't have a 4th of July celebration. ;)

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  7. We have no reason to celebrate this here but there will be fireworks :)

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  8. They look like perfect snacks for bonfire night. We have a family birthday here so it's always an occasion.

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    1. A bit like Cooper on New Years Eve. Have a good day for the birthday :)

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  9. yum - sounds like a great way to eat haggis and a great winter warmer for bonfire night - love your description of the night - wish we had it here (though I am enjoying the longer evenings)

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    1. Yes, I am jealous of your summer. We didn't even have one this year. Oh well, we will just have to enjoy our fun instead :)

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  10. Great recipe, Jacqueline. I love veggie haggis (or the real thing) and these seem like a great way to serve it differently.

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    1. Thanks Sylvie, they are very moreish :)

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  11. A very interesting celebration. Makes me want to start doing it on my own even though I have no connection to it. Lovely looking puffs.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x