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4 Ingredient Vegan Pesto Cheese Twists

vegan pesto cheese twists

Easy Pesto & Cheese Twists

These vegan friendly pesto cheese twists are so easy to make, only have 4 main ingredients and are perfect for a treat, packed lunches or gatherings. Everyone will be going back for more, vegan or not!

Let’s get into the recipe

Puff pastry- Look if the Queen Mary Berry doesn’t always make her own pastry, I’m not going to either! There’s plenty of good quality shop bought pastry that is accidentally vegan. You can of course use a GF one if needs be.

Vegan Mozzarella- The vegan cheese world has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. Follow Your Heart, Applewood, and Violife all have some pretty delicious vegan cheese options out on the market.

Pesto- You can of course make your own pesto, I have a few different recipes, but for this I’ve used a shop bought one (Sacla’s Vegan one) to keep this recipe as simple as possible.

Pine Nuts- I’ve added just a handful of pine nuts, you can swap this for blanched almonds, toasted walnuts or just skip the nuts completely.

Tamari- Optional ingredient but I use this to brush the pastry. It gives an amazing umami flavour to the crust as well as a beautiful golden colour. Just brush this on top before baking.

cheese pesto vegan twistsCooking Tips

Spread the pesto, pine nuts and mozzarella on only half of the rolled out sheet of puff pastry

Fold the sheet over to create a sort of pesto filled sandwich

Slice down (either way) to create the strips, I ended up with around 12 but if you like, you can slice them a little thinner to get more

Pull apart the folds once twisted to expose the beautiful filling

Space the pastry strips apart to they don’t go soggy in the middle

vegan cheese twists

vegan pesto cheese twists

Vegan Pesto Cheese Twists

Easy 4 ingredient puff pastry cheese twists filled with pesto, pine nuts and mozzarella (all vegan friendly). It takes around 10 minutes to make and 25 minutes to bake.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Servings 12 Twists


  • 1 sheet or block of puff pastry
  • 80 g jar of vegan Pesto around 3 heaped tbsp
  • 80 g vegan mozzarella
  • handful of pine nuts around 50g
  • 2 tbsp tamari to coat the pastry optional


  • Roll out the block of pastry & spoon on the vegan pesto covering one half of the sheet
  • Scatter the pine nuts and mozzarella on top then fold over the other half on top
  • Slice to create the layered strips (you should end up with around 6-8 strips depending on whether you've folded lengthways or short ways)
  • Twist the pastry then place back on the sheet *tip, push the folds apart a little to allow the pesto to bubble through*
  • Brush with tamari to get a beautiful golden glaze on top
  • Bake at 200ºC for 25-30 minutes


If you don't have tamari to coat them with, use a vegan melted butter or olive oil.

If you like this recipe why not try my Vegan Sausage Rolls Recipe

vegan pork and apple sausage rolls

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Vegan Caramelised Apple & Pork Sausage Rolls

vegan pork and apple sausage rolls

Vegan Friendly Apple, Red Onion & Pork Sausage Rolls

These vegan friendly caramelised apple and ‘pork’ sausage rolls are possibly my favourite yet. They’re so easy to make so don’t be fooled into thinking this is a tough recipe. Puff pastry, vegan sausages, a red onion and an apple is pretty much all you need!

Lets get into the recipe…

Puff Pastry- There’s no need to spend hours folding layers and layers to make puff pastry. I buy shop bought as pretty much most of the pre-made puff pastry is accidentally vegan friendly.

Bramley Apple- Again, you can use any apples you have in the house, I just find Bramley’s work well as they’re slightly larger and more crispy in flavour.

Vegan Sausages –I love using the Linda McCartney ones as they have the best texture for sausage rolls. There are a few options in the vegan range, so simply buy whichever you fancy giving a go.

Tamari- This is my secret ingredient in so many recipes. This time tamari works perfectly as a glaze for the pastry to give a beautiful and almost cheesy flavour on top. Tamari is just a gluten free soy sauce.

Sugar- This helps caramelise the apple and red onion perfectly. You can use 1 or 2 tbsp to make this a little sweeter if you have a particularly sharp bramley apple.

vegan apple and pork sausage rolls


Cooking Tips:

Caramelising- Cooking the red onion and bramley apple, along with the sugar is better on a lower heat. If you set aside around 10 minutes to slowly fry the two, it’ll help with the caramelisation of them. Be generous with the olive oil to fry too. You can make this in advance and pop in an airtight container in the fridge to come back to the next day.

Brush the pastry- Brushing the pre-cooked sausage rolls with tamari will help give a beautiful coating. You can swap tamari for soy sauce but definitely recommend investing in tamari as I use it in nearly all of my recipes.

Don’t add the hot filling to the pastry- If you’re not rushed for time, allow the filling to slightly cool before adding to the pastry as this will heat it up and make it a little more difficult to work with.

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Vegan Caramelised Apple and Pork Sausage Rolls

Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Servings 18 sausage rolls


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 1/2 large British Bramley apple's
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds optional
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 vegan sausages I used Linda Mccartney
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds


  • Dice the onion and Bramley apples then fry on a low heat with the olive oil, ground fennel seeds and sugar for around 20 minutes until beautifully caramelised
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC
  • Microwave the vegan sausages for 2 minutes to soften then crumble up in a bowl then mix with the apples and onion
  • Roll out the sheet of puff pastry, slice in half, then add the sausage mix to each half
  • Fold over the pastry then seal by prodding the edges with a fork
  • Brush over the tamari to get a beautiful glaze
  • Sprinkle on poppy seeds over the top
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven

If you like this recipe why not try my Cranberry Sausage Rolls

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4 Ingredient Vegan Sausage Rolls

4 ingredient vegan sausage rolls recipe

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Only four main ingredients needed for this ‘recipe’ if you can even call it that. This is for all of you sausage roll lovers who need a quick fix without whipping it up from scratch. All I know is Mary Berry said she buys ready made puff pastry and that changed my outlook.

Ingredients Breakdown

Vegan Sausages- It’s good to have a vegan sausage thats packed with flavour such as Shroom Dogs or the Linda McCartney red onion sausages – they’re perfect!

Cranberry Sauce or Chutney-Depending what you prefer you can opt for a delicious cranberry sauce or something more savoury such as a caramelised onion chutney, or follow my friend Kaylea and go for a mango chutney filling.

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Tamari- This is my secret ingredient for so many recipes. It gives a beautiful wash on top of the pastry before baking. It gives umami, colour, depth, everything you possibly need to take these to the next level.

Ready Made Puff Pastry – As I said before, if it’s okay for Mary Berry it’s okay for me.

vegan sausage rolls recipe

Optional Vegan ‘Egg Wash’

Tamari / soy sauce- As used in my recipe, I find that using tamari (which is a gluten free soy sauce) is brilliant!

Oat milk & smoked paprika- Using a plant based milk with a splash of smoked paprika will give a gorgeous flavour.

Marmite & water – Add 1 tbsp just boiled water to a bowl and mix in 2 tbsp marmite, then use that as a brush, it’ll give a delicious flavour and lovely golden brown colour.

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4 ingredient vegan sausage rolls recipe

4 Ingredient Vegan Sausage Rolls

Only 4 ingredients needed to make these delicious stuffed vegan sausage rolls with cranberry sauce. A delicious golden flakey crust with a tasty vegan sausage filling. Perfect for friends!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


  • 6 vegan sausages
  • 4-5 tbsp cranberry sauce or chutney
  • 1 sheet ready made puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp Tamari for the wash or soy sauce


  • Cook the sausages until just done (usually around 15 minutes at 180ºC)
  • Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a flat surface then spoon on the cranberry sauce down the shortest length of the sheet
  • Crumble the sausages then sprinkle over the top of the cranberry sauce
  • Fold over the puff pastry then seal by using a fork to pinch the edges
  • Brush with tamari (soy sauce or regular wash with work too)
  • Then bake at 200°C for 20 minutes or until beautifully golden and crisp
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If you like this recipe why not try my delicious cream cheese and pancetta vegan pinwheels.

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

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Crispy Cauliflower Leaves

crispy cauliflower leaves reduce food waste


Leftover cauliflower leaves from 1 – 2 heads cauliflower

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp homemade harissa paste (recipe here)


Preheat the oven to 180ºC

Thoroughly wash the cauliflower leaves and strip the stalks (you can leave these on however they’re a little crunchy)

Massage the harissa and salt into the leaves then place on a lined baking tray, bake for 15-18 minutes until crispy Snake River Farms is a company that sources high-quality American Wagyu cuts, prime rib, filet mignon, Kurobuta pork, and other premium roasts. Though their products aren’t quite cheap, you can notice the difference in texture and taste of their meats over their competitors. Read full snake river farms review at – Snake River Farms (SRF) is a premium meat brand that’s used at Michelin-starred restaurants and sold at select retailers and online. It sells not Japanese Wagyu, but American Wagyu — the result of imported Japanese Wagyu cattle crossbred with traditional Angus cattle breeds.



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Miso Marinated Aubergine

miso glazed aubergine with spring onion


2 large aubergines


For the marinade

1 tsp brown miso paste

2 tsp Tamari

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3 tsp date nectar / honey
1 large aubergine


To garnish

1 tbsp Sesame seeds

2 spring onions


Slice the aubergine, mix the marinade ingredients together then coat the slices and leave for at least 10 minutes

Place a griddle pan on a high heat

Add the marinated aubergine to the piping hot pan and allow to sizzle for around 6 minutes until the deep grill lines slightly charr the aubergine

Plate up, drizzle in any leftover dressing and top with sesame seeds and spring onion.

*These aubergine steaks can also be served with rice or in bao buns to make a main dish

Miso marinated aubergine
Miso marinated aubergine
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Vegan Pancetta & Cream Cheese Pinwheels

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

Vegan Cream Cheese and Pancetta Pinwheels

This vegan cream cheese and pancetta pinwheel are a great recipe to serve at a party as a canapé idea or if you have a few friends coming over. Using Nush chive infused cream ‘cheese’ and a vegan pancetta these have a beautiful balance of creamy, salty, buttery goodness.

Step By Step

Roll out the ready made puff pastry then spread over the cream cheese. Using a flavoured cream cheese will give this even more flavour –  I chose a chive infused one. Top tip, add a few extra fresh chives or parsley to the cream cheese.

*using a silicone spatula will help spread the cream cheese on smoothly*

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

Sprinkle and Roll

There’s no need to precook the pancetta however please feel free to do so. Sprinkle the pancetta and extra dried herbs across the top of the pastry sheet, careful to spread everything evenly. No one wants to pinwheel with no filling!

You can get creative with what ingredients you’d like to add however using a simple mix of chives, parsley and black pepper will be delicious enough.

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

Roll Them Up!

Rolling the pastry lengthways you will create one long and skinny sausage shape. Then using a super sharp knife slice down the middle to create two. Then repeat this process until you have around 14 – 16 sausages. If the filling is really warm it may get a little messy, but just keep that knife clean and it will be perfect.

You can decide to give them a brush in tamari or not, it won’t effect the pastry too much but the tamari glaze adds an extra kick of flavour.

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

vegan pancetta pinwheels with nush cream cheese

Vegan Cream Cheese & Pancetta Pinwheels

Vegan puff pastry pinwheels filled with plant based cream cheese and pancetta. Deliciously indulgent and perfect for parties of gatherings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 16 Pinwheels


  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
  • 100 g plant based cream cheese I used a chive infused cream cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic
  • 50 g vegan ‘pancetta’
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tamari for the wash
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped chives to garnish optional


  • Allow the pastry to warm to room temperature
  • Roll out the pastry sheet onto an even surface and spread the cream cheese evenly across
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, dried parsley and vegan pancetta with a pinch of cracked black pepper
  • Roll lengthways to make a long sausage shape then using a sharp knife, half, half again and repeat until you have around 12 pinwheels
  • Place the rolls on the baking tray on the greaseproof paper (that coats the puff pastry) then brush with the tamari to create a beautiful glaze (2tbsp should be enough to lightly cover all of the pinwheels)
  • Pop in a preheated oven at 200ºC for 12-15 minutes or until beautifully golden
  • Add a little extra cream cheese to the top then garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chives or dried parsley and enjoy!
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If you like this recipe you might like my easy 3 ingredient sausage roll recipe.


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Leek and Butternut Filo Tart Crowns

leek and squash filo tarts

This year I had the opportunity to work with The British Leek Growers' Association to create 6 more delicious recipes.

Celebrating this gorgeous seasonal veg, the humble leek has such versatility as an ingredient. Here is one of my favourites yet, these filo crown tarts with a creamy filling.


leek and butternut filo tarts vegan
leek and squash filo tarts


2 leeks 

1 butternut squash 

4 cloves garlic 

1 roll filo pastry quartered 

Large pinch salt 

1/2 tsp coriander

1 tsp mixed spice 

1 tsp fresh thyme 

Large pinch pepper

1 tsp olive oil 


Preheat the oven to 180ºC


Slice the leeks and squash, roughly chop and peel the garlic cloves and drizzle in olive oil and salt, roast for 25 minutes


Quarter the sheet of filo pastry and using a non stick muffin tray, add one thin quarter and brush with olive oil then layer with another two sheets. Repeat until you’ve filled 12 of the muffin holes


Take the sliced leeks, garlic and squash out of the oven and pulse in a food processor for around 10 seconds until just combined *note, leave 1 or 2 of the leek slices aside to garnish at the end*


Add the filling to the pastry and bake at 200°C for 10 minutes 


Top with the leftover leek, pomegranate seeds and a few sprigs of fresh thyme

leek and butternut filo tarts vegan
leek and butternut filo tarts vegan
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Garlic and Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes

rosemary and garlic hasselback potatoes
rosemary and garlic hasselback potatoes
Vegan christmas meal idea


2 large baking potatoes

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 cloves garlic thinly sliced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

generous pinch coarse sea salt on each potato

1 tsp rapeseed oil for each potato


Preheat the oven to 180ºC

Using a sharp knife, thinly slice down the potatoes until 3/4 of the way down

I find by popping the potatoes in the microwave for 3 minutes keep the inside fluffy

Place the potatoes on a baking tray and coat in the olive oil

Place a small sprig of the rosemary and a thin of garlic into each slice and coat in a generous pinch of salt

Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes, then lightly cover in tin foil and bake for a further 15 minutes

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Almond Pesto & Roasted Tomato Tart

vegan pesto tart


For the base:

1 roll of puff pastry (shop bought if fine, gluten free available)

For the pesto:

1/2 cup almonds / blanched or non blanched

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup fresh basil

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 small lemon squeezed

1 clove garlic minced

For the topping:

7-8 vine tomatoes

1 red roasted pepper (I use the jarred antipasti ones coated in olive oil)

2-3 fresh basil leaves to garnish


For the base:

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Using a knife, lightly score around the edge of the sheet to make the crust

Pop in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes

For the pesto:

Place all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blitz until creamy

Once the pastry has baked, add a thick layer of pesto to the top, followed by roughly chopped tomatoes, the roasted pepper (I add a few pine nuts for crunch)

Bake for a further 3-4 minutes, garnish with fresh basil and enjoy


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almond pesto tart
Almond pesto tart vegan
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Pesto & Tomato Tartlets

Vegan Pesto Tarts


1 sheet of shortcrust pastry (GF option if needed)

4-5 piccolo tomatoes

For the Pesto

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup fresh basil

1 clove garlic

1/2 lemon squeezed

2 tsbp nutritional yeast

pinch salt


Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Lightly grease 6 tartlet cases (no need if they're non-stick)

Fill each of the tartlet tins with the shortcrust pastry and give a few prods to the base with a fork

Bake in the oven for around 12 minutes

Prepare the pesto by blending all of the ingredients together in a food processor (can use a pestle and mortar)

Slice the tomatoes ready to top the tart

Take the tartlets out, add a scoop of pesto to each tart, then top with the a few halves of tomato and pine nuts

Place back in the oven for a further 3-4 minutes

Allow to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

Vegan Pesto Tarts
Vegan Pesto Tarts