You know I am all about homemade here but sometimes I like to cut corners, claw myself back a little time to spend day dreaming and drinking tea. This shouldn't come a surprise to a lot of you with busy lives... you know those days that seem to go on forever and no matter what you do, you get nothing completed? Yeah.. on those days I like to cut corners where I can!
So with the 6 Nations finals and all you fine folk being the busy bees that you are... Aldi asked me to come up with some treats for you. Now... to be perfectly honest I have no real, sports like inclinations. No idea who would even be playing a match on any given day but I sure as heck know how to feed people. So if you are looking for something quick and fun to throw together and snack on while you watch Ireland (hopefully) beat the crap out of England (or to be PC about the whole thing... vice versa) then I think I have come up with just the ticket.
Honestly it cannot get much easier than this.
Two pizza dough bases, a handful of ingredients, a preheated oven and bobs your uncle you will have made Pizza Roll Ups and Cinnamon Roll Ups. With little to no baking or cooking experience required, you are going to look like you have got it all going on! And better yet, with variety being the spice of life, you can alter the ingredients to suit your own pallet... A win-win if you ask me... Even if your preferred sports team loses!
Pizza Roll Ups
1 pizza dough roll
1 jar of pasta sauce
1 packet of cheese strings (8 sticks halved to give 16 mini sticks)
1 packet of pepperoni (each slice cut into quarters)
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/160C fan or Gas Mark 4.
Roll out your pizza dough, from the package and set to one side. Line a baking tray with some parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, cut the pizza dough into even triangles. I cut mine in half on the long side, then into four and then halved each 1/4, giving me 16 triangles.
Separate the triangles and paint a thin layer of pasta sauce onto each one. Layer with some pepperoni and a cheese string half, then, tucking in the sides, roll up the pizza dough (almost into a croissant shape).
Secure any open gaps by pinching the pizza dough together.
Pop each roll up onto the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Eat warm dipped into some garlic mayonnaise or cold as a snack on the go... Both ways taste great to me!
You could fill the Pizza Roll Up with whatever toppings you like and to make it even more cheesy and gooey why not try sprinkle some Mozzarella in there in lieu of the cheese string. A more sophisticated version maybe? You tell me.. the variations are endless!
Cinnamon Roll Ups
1 pizza dough roll
125g butter melted
75g brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
225g icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat your oven to 350F/180C/160C Fan or Gas Mark 4. Prepare a loaf pan with some parchment and leave to one side.
Combine, in a bowl. the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Unroll the pizza dough and evenly spread the butter mixture all over.
Rolling on the long side, roll the dough back up into a roll. Chop the dough into ten equal pieces and place them beside each other in the loaf pan. Don't worry about gaps, they will spread while baking.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the rolls have puffed up and they are golden brown on top. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the glaze.
Put the icing sugar, milk and syrup into a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Leave to one side until the cinnamon rolls are cooked. Once cooked, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then, serve warm spooning as much icing as you want over each roll.
There you go... didn't I say it would be easy? Snacks all set up and ready for you to enjoy, whatever the occasion!
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