This is a very simple recipe that’s been a classic at our family parties for decades. Every year on our birthday we were allowed to choose whatever we wanted to eat for our birthday tea, and every year without fail one of my sisters chose these, so we all knew what we’d be eating on May 27th! They’re also a handy little filler for lunchboxes, and they freeze well so can be made in a batch and frozen for future use.
To make them you need a sheet of puff pastry (I just use ready made), some marmite, a block of cheddar cheese (or similar) and a little milk for brushing.
First, preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 6/390°F). Unroll your pastry sheet, or if you are using a block of pastry, roll it out into a thin rectangle. Spread marmite to taste all over one side of the pastry.
Grate a goodly chunk of cheddar or other similar hard cheese. Sprinkle liberally all over the marmite covered pastry.
Cut the whole ‘sausage’ into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
Grease a couple of baking trays and place the slices on it, leaving plenty of room for spreading.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until puffed up and golden. Leave on the oven trays to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
These taste their very best eaten whilst still warm, but are also delicious cold. If freezing, freeze as soon as they are cool, then take out the night before use to defrost.