Monday, May 5, 2008

First post!

For my first post, a food that my grandparents (and other Dutch descendents of their generation) used to make. I'm not sure how exactly you spell it, but it is something like "saucissen." They are basically pig-in-a-blankets with a few modifications. First, instead of hot dogs for the "pig," these use breakfast sausage (sage sausage preferably). Second, instead of a biscuit dough for the "blanket," these use white bread dough.

I was running late from campus, so I had Z make the sausages (I usually get about 8 to a pound, she made them smaller - around 12 per pound). For the dough, I used a homemade white bread dough (flour, water, yeast, salt). After the sausages had cooled for a bit, and the dough had risen, I wrapped each piece of sausage in a thin layer of dough, being sure to get complete coverage. Then, I baked them at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. I wish I had done an egg-wash or thrown a few ice cubes in the oven to darken the crust a little and also make it a little crustier, but in general, I was happy with the results.

Here is another picture (note, all pictures are taken by Z).

I think I lost the bread dough recipe. It was an odd "wet dough." Basically, about two weeks ago, I made a dough that was wetter than normal and that didn't require kneading. I have kept in in the fridge since then, and have pulled a chunk off to bake as needed. Obviously, it is a very basic dough, but it is nice to be able to just grab the homemade dough out of the fridge, let it rise for a bit, and then bake it. I often do this with pizza dough (though not for more than a few days), but this was my first time with a regular bread dough.


zarafa said...

i like the smaller sausages because it maximizes the sausage to bread ratio. or something. :)

and your bread recipe is in the recipe binder.

Jenny said...

that's so cute that yor fiancee was the first to leave you a comment. the new blog looks great! i think D wants to get in on this too, now that everyone's doing it :) i look forward to reading about all your breads and goodies!