There was a small neighborhood bakery near my parents' house in Jakarta. It was so small, I don't think it even had a name. It was practically someone's living room, and they baked their delicious goodies in their own family kitchen. But one thing I remember fondly, out of many scrumptious pastries, cakes and buns they produced, there was Sausijzenbroodje.
In my attempt to reminisce my childhood, I was searching for the recipe and happened to acquire one from a friend in Indonesia. The original recipe for the puff pastry calls for lard, but I decided to try different recipe that uses butter instead. I found the amazing recipe and easy to understand tutorial from this fantastic blog, tried it and was successful on my first attempt! Could not be happier!
Ingredients for the dough packet:
- 150 ml water
- 5 grams salt
- 350 grams flour
- 110 grams butter, melted and cooled
Ingredients for the butter packet:
- 350 grams butter
- 150 grams flour
- Prepare the dough packet: Put the flour on the kitchen counter, make a well right in the center. Mix salt and water until the salt is completely dissolved, pour this into the well. Working from the inside wall of the flour, mix the water and flour using a fork until the flour is all stirred. Add melted butter into the mixture and continue stirring, adding a little bit of water if necessary. Hand knead the dough for about a minute or two, shape the dough into a 6" x 10" rectangle, wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Prepare the butter packet: Using mixer, cream the butter until soft, then add the flour and blend together. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the kitchen counter. Spread the butter mixture directly onto the plastic wrap, shape into a rectangle that's about the same size with the dough rectangle. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- For the instructions on how to roll and turn, please visit here. You cannot get better explanation elsewhere.
For the Sausijzenbroodjes:
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 350 grams of ground beef (don't choose the lean one, as we need a little fat in the meat)
- 1 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk (beaten) for brushing
- 1 tablespoon bread crumb
- salt and ground white pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. In a medium bowl, mix the meat and spiced together. Add egg and breadcrumbs, continue mixing until well incorporated. Set aside
- Thaw the puff pastry if frozen. Cut into 4" squares. Put about a teaspoon of meat filling in the middle of the pastry, fold over and press the edge with fork to seal it. Repeat the process with the rest, transfer to lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg yolk. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.