I’ve gone a little bit off piste today. I consider myself a pie connoisseur, certainly not an expert (always learning). But I’m no sausage roll expert. If push came to shove, I’d be tempted to say a lot of sausage rolls are much of a muchness, I struggle to tell one from the next, save for the quality of the meat or the amount of seasoning. There’s also not a lot you can do with the crust, you just roll it and it is nearly all the same texture.

Nevertheless, I have seen some spectacular efforts over the years and the Project Pies sausage rolls certainly fit into that category, they are huge!

I suppose the key factors I should look for, are the ratio of pastry to meat and then obviously the colour, texture and ultimately taste of it.

I have in the past seen sausage rolls, where there is a freakishly large ratio of meat to pastry and these tend to be the ones that catch the eye, and this one definitely fits into this category.

No matter how thin or thick the pastry is, if there is a huge, circular clump of prime seasoned pork meat popping out of the centre as is the case here, then, in all probability, it is a surefire winner. Can I use the word gourmet? I just did.

The pastry is classic golden brown and flaky, crisp to perfection and the filling is of that extra generous type of diameter I refer to above, bordering on the spectacular.

The filling is chewy, bouncing off my gnashers and moist throughout. It feels to me a bit like a Lincolnshire style sausage meat, with pepper and thyme evident. It’s full flavoured but not too spicy, which is just as well, as I share these out with the kids, who also declare these to be the best sausage rolls they’ve ever had!

Take that as the ultimate accolade Dan the Pie Man!

The finer details

Review date: 14th April 2022

Price: A large sausage roll (and they are large) is £3

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