I have discovered recently just how much I love the Jus' Rol brand of pastry/baking products, most of which are vegan. Hurray! I already knew that their ready-made pastry was vegan, as I buy it now and then to make pies, tarts, etc. But there is a whole load more to their range than that! I heard from someone that the Jus' Rol croissants are vegan, which I was really pleased to hear, as normal croissants are made with butter, and I did miss croissants somewhat. So I was delighted to find some of these in my local supermarket. They come in a tin, in a sheet of uncooked dough, divided into six pieces. You separate the pieces, fold them into croissants (a little bit tricky – I haven't mastered the perfect crescent shape yet!) and bake in the oven. Then, within about half an hour, you get delicious golden pastries, fresh from the oven. Mmmmm!
The croissants started me off sampling all the other delectable products in the range, which were also there at my supermarket, so I have now tried almost all of them. Even better than the croissants, they also do Pain au Chocolats. It's the same principle, of taking uncooked dough from packet, and forming into shapes for cooking (after inserting chocolate sticks. It's dark chocolate, so definitely dairy-free!) These are easier to make than the croissants actually, and even more delicious!
I have also tried the Pizza Bases, which come with a container of seasoned tomato sauce to spread over the base. You then just add your own toppings and cook in the oven, and a very tasty crust it makes too. There is also the Focaccia (Italian bread/pastry made with olive oil and rosemary). Again, it comes with the herbs and olive oil, which you just sprinkle over before cooking. It's a very toothsome savoury treat, as an alternative to the usual bread. They also do vol-au-vent cases, etc., which I have not yet tried, but which sound ideal for party food.
I have checked on their website, and it appears that the only products in the range which are non-vegan are the ones labelled "Butter Pastry". There are about three different types, but they are quite easily avoided by us, since the rest of their ready-rolled pastry is vegan. So, I am quite excited to have discovered all these new treats lately. (It's just a shame they are not very healthy! But a little of what you fancy does you good, I always say!)
PS: I am not on some kind of commission from Jus'Rol, to promote their products!
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