How to make a Baked Bean Slice just like Greggs
Who doesn’t love a bakery, I know I do. I just have to walk past and my nose is filled with the aroma of baked goods and I find my head, and feet, turning in the direction of the bakery.
Then inside you find all sorts of tasty options such as pasties, baguettes, toasties and one of my favourites the slice. But what is a slice?
A slice is a cross between a pasty and a sausage roll. It isn’t as large as a pasty or crimped tightly shut in shortcrust, but on the other hand it isn’t as small or thin as a sausage roll and sits somewhere in between the two with a generous amount of filling and a light puff pastry casing usually decorated with a lattice finish.
There is a huge range on offer now starting with cheese and onion working right up to chicken tikka or slow roasted beef. But one of my favourites has to be a baked bean slice.
Greggs do a very nice sausage, bean and cheese slice and this is a vegetarian version I made one Saturday afternoon when I discovered some leftover beans and a puff pastry sheet in danger of going past it’s use by date.
Now, to make a vegetarian version of the classic Greggs slice I simply removed the sausage this time. However, you could easily add vegetarian or plant based sausage to this recipe and make a complete vegetarian version of the Greggs sausage, bean and cheese slice.
Watch me make it
Watch me make this puff pastry baked bean and cheese slice in the following video.
How to get a professional finish on this Baked Bean slice
There are two things you need to do to get the professional bakery look on your baked bean slice.
- Create a lattice on top
- Create a lovely crisp and brown finish
And here is how to do them
Create the puff pastry lattice
The first thing to do is to make small cuts in the pastry on one side to create the lattice effect. Each cut needs to be roughly half a centimetre in length and offset from the cut in the next line.
Each line should be roughly half a centimetre apart and from the edges.
When you fold the lattice slice over the beans and cheese don’t be afraid to stretch it and allow the cuts to open slightly.
Create a lovely crisp and brown finish on your puff pastry
The second thing to do get a professional finish on your baked bean slice is to brush it with a little beaten egg . Do this once it is assembled and just before it goes into the over.
If you follow the above two steps with this baked bean slice recipe your family and friends will be convinced these slices are shop bought rather than homemade.
Equipment used in this recipe
To make this recipe I used the following equipment
- Baking Sheet
- Grease proof paper
- Sharp knife
- Pizza Wheel
- Pastry brush
Baked Bean Slice Recipe
Puff Pastry Baked Bean Slice
- baking sheet
- grease proof paper
- Sharp knife
- pizza wheel
- Pastry brush
- 2 tbsp Baked beans
- 1 Puff pastry sheet Cut to a 10x15cm rectangle for each slice
- 15 grams Cheddar cheese
- 1 Egg Beaten
- Lay out the puff pastry sheet on the grease proof paper and cut one or more 10x15cm rectangles with the pizza wheel
- Visually identify the centre of the rectangle and on one side make a series of small cuts to create the lattice finish
- Add the cheese to the other side of the rectangle (the non cut side)
- Spoon on the beans on to the cheese making sure to get them as centred as possible
- Fold the lattice side over the beans and cheese and crimp with a fork to seal the slice
- Take a beaten egg and wash the pastry with the egg using a pastry brush
- Cook the slice in the oven for 20 minutes until lovely and golden brown
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