52 weeks of Baking – Geekery
I have been in love with historical clothing for as long as I can remember. Simple everyday dresses to elaborate evening gowns, what’s not to love, there is something for everyone, every era has its own unique style.
My favorite clothing era has consistently been the Georgian period, 1714 to 1830 ish, think Marie Antoinette and the American Revolution. There are a lot of historical drama series set in this period that display well researched costumes; I’m currently really keen on Outlander. The popular tv series is based on a book series, romantic novels with a time traveling twist which is one of the more appealing aspects of the story. Why does she get to fall back in time? Why not me?!
I’ve done some research into food from this era because I’m a nerd and I’ve co-hosted two parties with a Georgian theme, I was hoping to find food to match. Things are kinda basic and under seasoned, not really my style, but then I discovered the cook book affiliated with Outlander and I found more inspiration. Recipes inspired by more than just a time period are more interesting to me, probably not as historically accurate, but with some other story they can then be twisted and use more unique ingredients. Food is so closely linked in my mind with sorties, so why not food from a story that is not my own.
For these pastry rolls I took inspiration from a recipe from Outlander Kitchen, I used rough puff pastry from Bon Appetit instead of a short crust pastry for extra crisp and flakiness. This recipe is really great to tweak and make your own based on what ingredients you have on hand, just keep the ratios vaguely the same. I like the combination of chicken and pork, the chicken keeps it lighter than a traditional British sausage roll. The addition of dried fruit adds pops of sweetness and the truffle oil is a must for a bit of musky flavor.