Marcus Wareing's bacon roly polies recipe

  • Serves 10
  • 15mins to prepare, 20mins to chill and 15mins to cook
  • 295 calories / serving
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A fun alternative to the classic dessert treat, try alternating with different fillings to see just how adaptable this delicious recipe can really be.

Heat your oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C and line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper. 

Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Ask your little helper to crumb the butter into the dry mixture and add the milk until combined.

Place onto a floured surface and with the your little helper, roll into thick rectangular shapes of approx. 1cm.

With some of the melted butter, brush the dough then top with the bacon to cover the pastry. Make sure there is an edge of 2cm free on one of the long sides of the dough. This is a great skill for kids to learn - just like egg washing, brushing dough helps to add great colour.

Mix together the parsley, onion, cheeses and garlic. Spread on top of the bacon.

Brush the 2cm gap at the edge of the dough with water and roll. Sealing the edge by brushing with water and attaching to the body of the roll.

Wrap in cling film and place into the fridge for 20 minutes.

Remove from the fridge and slice into 1.5cm slices. Place spiral side up onto the baking tray and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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  • Ingredients

  • For the bacon filling

  • 8 bacon rashers
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 100g (3½oz) soft cheese
  • 100g (3½oz) cheddar, grated
  • ½ bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • For the pastry

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 75g (3oz) unsalted butter, diced and cold
  • 225ml (7½fl oz) milk
  • ½tsp salt
  • 20g (¾oz) butter
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  • Energy 1231kj 295kcal 15%
  • Fat 19g 27%
  • Saturates 11g 55%
  • Sugars 2g 2%
  • Salt 1.3g 22%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.2g Protein 9.4g Fibre 1.4g


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